Minimalism: Respite and Repetition in Contemporary Music.
In Spring 2012, I launch a new seminar at Northeastern University to hone ears and performance skills through composers practicing the art of conceptual, minimalist, and post-minimalist musics.
(Click here to see the syllabus for the course.)
Pierrot: Moondrunk, Madness, Transgression and Transcendence:
In Spring 2012 I am launching a team-taught teaching model at Tufts focusing this year around a centennial performance of Pierrot Lunaire Susan Narucki in April. The course is co-taught by Schoenberg Scholar
Joseph Auner and is based around the idea that a performing artist and acadmeic scholar broaden the context of learning music when presenting works together.
New England Conservatory Summer Piano Institute
Each summer, this intensive weekend explores the piano works of a major
Romantic composer. The composer immersion format provides a forum for the
professional, adult student, teacher, and advanced high school student.
There are opportunities for close study, practice, and exposure to the range
of the selected composer's works. Faculty give presentations
on various aspects of the composer's works, including
performance traditions, historical interpretive approaches, and the selected
composer's own playing and teaching methods.
Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms are among the composers that have been featured.
Tufts University NME
NME is Tufts' New Music Ensemble, which I co-direct with John McDonald. NME ("enemy") was
founded in 1990 by John McDonald and Katherine Bergeron. In its decade-long history, the group
has performed throughout New England in both improvised and composed works. A commissioning
program began in the group's fifth year, yielding new compositions that creatively jostle
improvised elements with strictly notated ones: Anthony Brandt's "Disturbing the Piece,"
Marti Epstein's "Victoria's Secret," Robert Carl's "The Eternal Bagatelle," Ken Steen's
"Of Four Strings Joining," and Alexander deVaron's "Hailing Distance." NME continues to
set new-music trends at Tufts and functions as the resident ensemble for Tufts composers,
for improvisation, and for the proliferation of important modern works. A recent
appearance on NPR's The Connection talk show on WBUR Radio confirmed NME's position
as one of New England's most experimental and challenging musical groups.
NME's rehearsals emphasize small-group playing and listening, constant instrumental
experimentation (combinations as well as new techniques), and the creation of forms
and patterns to be followed in future concerts. Guest artists participate in rehearsals
and concerts upon invitation. Traditional modern works may be performed alongside the
bravest, freshest new creations possible.
College Students and Private Studio
Currently, I teach a studio of Harvard University students and private adult pupils in
Cambridge, MA and in New York City. The musical dialogue with my pupils feeds the core of my
concert work. I have encountered some of the most unique and accomplished individuals I know
through teaching. My students have included professional conductors, singers, jazz pianists,
and organistsalso doctors, lawyers, biochemists, therapists, college professors,
grade-school teachers, a museum director, a business strategy consultant, a ballet dancer,
and a computer chip designer.
Master Classes, Lectures, Residencies
I have had the pleasure of teaching master classes and visiting the music departments of
many prestigious universities and music schools. In recent years I have lectured piano
seminar students at the New England conservatory and Hartt school of Music and conducted
master classes at Stanford University, Ohio State University, Dartmouth, and Florida State.
During my visits I have coached a range of repertoire, from standard repertory to new works;
spoken at composer seminars about writing for performers; and sat on panels for arts
administrators. My visits have also included adjudicating competitions, most recently
for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music.
In 2005 my residency destinations will include Israel and Italy.