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Dancing about immigration . . . Cole Porter's Within the Quota

The Music Department welcomes Dr. Rachel Waddell


Beginning July 1, 2017, Dr. Rachel Waddell will join the faculty of the Music Department as Director of Orchestral Activities.  Dr. Waddell will conduct both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, mentor the Chamber Ensembles and teach "The Symphony and the Conductor." According to Dr. Honey Meconi, Dr. Waddell "is an excellent conductor whose work with both professional and student orchestras will serve us well . . we can look forward to new and exciting collaborations." Prior to her move to the University of Rochester, Rachel Waddell served as the Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, a professional regional orchestra in northeastern Ohio, and Music Director of the award-winning Canton Youth Symphonies. During her time with Canton, Waddell conducted over eighty performances and served as the Cover Conductor for additional masterworks programming under the direction of the CSO’s Music Director, Gerhardt Zimmermann.

Going out with a bang . . .

1812 Overture - 2017

Dr. David Harman in "Newscenter"

See this great profile on Dr. Harman for UR's Newscenter:

David Harman: A legacy of teaching music

David Harman Fund for Orchestral Excellence

The David Harman Fund for Orchestral Excellence will be established in recognition of his extraordinary tenure as Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Rochester, and in gratitude for his exemplary contribution to musical life on campus and in the community.  The fund will support the activities of the College Music Department's orchestras at the discretion of the Director of Orchestral Activities in the Department of Music.  There will be a special concert held at Kodak Hall in the Eastman Theatre on Thursday Arril 13, 2017 at 6:30 in honor of Dr. Harman.  The concert will feature the Symphony Orchestra, with a special appearance by the Chamber Orchestra.

If you would like to donate, download this pdf or visit click ‘Make A Gift’ or call Gift & Donor Records at 585-275-8602.

2016/2017 Concerto Competition Winners

The judges have spoken. The results are in from the 2016/2017 Concerto Competition held in Strong on November 2, 2016.  Winners will perform with URSO or URCO, and are as follows:

  • Khang Huynh, violin, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto Movement 2, with the Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, February 26, 2017
  • Yuhe Wang, piano, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, Movement 1, with the Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Sabrina Goyal, piano, performing Mozart's C Minor Piano Concerto, Movement 1, with the Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, April 29, 2017


Humanities Project: Liszt & Virtuosity - An International Symposium

March 02, 2017 - March 04, 2017


The conference program will feature ten of the world's most prominent Liszt scholars, including Alan Walker, author of the landmark three-volume biography of Liszt, as well as an all-Liszt concert by Eastman School of Music piano students.

Click here for the complete event program

Click here for the recital program

"Fanfare for the Common Man" greets the Class of 2020 and returning students

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Dr. Honey Meconi led an all-female ensemble of students, alumni and faculty in the performance of Aaron Copeland's iconic and haunting "Fanfare for the Common Man."  The ensemble performed the piece at 8:30 AM, from the balcony of Rush Rhees Library, over looking the Eastman Quadrangle.  Dr. Meconi hopes to make this an annual event.  For photos by UR photographer J. Adam Fenster, click here

Fanfare Stream

West African Drumming & Musical Theater Workshop Promo Videos

The UR Institute for Performing Arts released two videos featuring the West African Drumming Ensemble, featuring Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura,  and the Musical Theater Workshop, featuring Dr. Kim Kowalke and Mr. David Runzo.  The videos, produced for IPA by IT Communications, were premiered on the Institute's Youtube channel.


Brian Alegant named 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year

Congratulations to Brian Alegant, Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College and recipient of a 2015 U. S. Professor of the Year Award.  Professor Alegant taught in the College Music Department in 1989–1990 and we are pleased to have provided one of his earliest teaching opportunities.

Recent Department alumnus to join "The Fantasticks"

Andrew Polec (Class of 2012) has been cast in the role of "Matt" in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks at the Snapple Theatre, located on the corner of 50th Street and Broadway in New York City.  Andrew says he is "incredibly excited and  . . will start performing in the show on February 8th!"  Congratulations!

2015/2016 Concerto Competition Winners

The judges have spoken. The results are in from the 2015/2016 Concerto Competition held in Strong on November 4, 2015.  Winners will perform with URSO or URCO, and are as follows:

  • Zhenzhi Xia, piano, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, Movement 1, with the Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • Di Wang, piano, performing Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, Movement 1, with the Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • Stan Chen, violin, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto, Movements 1 and 2, with the Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • Chantelle Lim, violin, performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Movement 3, with the Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Teaching Assistant Wins Award

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The University Dean of Graduate Students has recognized Aaron James with the 2015 Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. This is a competitive award, and, as Dean of Graduate Students Margaret H. Kearney indicated, “the materials submitted on (Mr. James’) behalf clearly demonstrated (his) skill and commitment to the role.” This is the second year in a row that the Music Department has nominated a winning candidate. The award includes a monetary prize of $1000.

As teaching assistant for MUR 223, History of Western Music 1750-1850, Prof. Kim Kowalke noted that , “Aaron was an exemplary TA, one of the best I’ve ever had, and that is a select group indeed, with a half dozen winning the Edward Peck Curtis Award during the last three decades. Aaron deserves to be in that elite company . . “

Aaron James completed an MM in organ performance at Eastman following a BMus at the University of Western Ontario, where he received the Faculty of Music Gold Medal; he is now pursuing a PhD in musicology concurrently with a DMA in organ. His primary research interests involve issues of genre, theology and devotional culture in the sixteenth-century motet. He has presented conference papers at McGill University and the University of Sheffield (UK), and will present his work at the 2014 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. His article on polyphonic settings of the Salve Regina was published in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.

New Hopeman Carillon Video Created by Students

Created by Kara Morse, Sara Macnally and Jackie Meyer