Music

Viola

Craig Mumm is the associate principal violist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York. He is also a frequent guest artist on the Carnegie Hall concert series of the MET Chamber Ensemble and the New York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space.

Jazz Saxophone

Mark Gross has recorded on over 80 notable jazz recordings, including 2 Grammy® Award-winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band: What Goes Around on ECM Records, and Overtime on Dare 2 Records. Two of Gross's recordings are Preach Daddy on King Records and Riddle of the Sphinx on J Curve Record.

Head of Composition

Violin

Percussion

Interim Associate Director

Musicology

  • Education

    Cypess earned her PhD in music history from Yale in 2008, where, under the supervision of Ellen Rosand, she wrote a dissertation exploring connections between vocal and instrumental music in early 17th-century Italy. She holds an MA and an MPhil in music history from Yale, as well as an MA in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University and an MM in harpsichord performance from the Royal College of Music (London). As an undergraduate at Cornell University, she studied musicology with James Webster, Neal Zaslaw, and Rebecca Harris-Warrick, and the performance of modern and early pianos with Malcolm Bilson. Her harpsichord teachers include James Johnstone, Robert Woolley, Mark Kroll, and Richard Rephann.

  • Publications

    Recording:

    • · The Raritan Players and Rebecca Cypess, In Sara Levy's Salon, Acis Productions B06ZYP8SRN, 2017.

    Book:

    Co-edited books:

    Articles in refereed journals:

    Co-authored articles:

    Book Chapters:

    • · "Italy," in The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord, ed. Mark Kroll (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

    • · “Arrangement Practices in the Bach Tradition, Then and Now,” in Musical Interpretation Today, ed. Sezi Seskir and David Hyun-Su Kim (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in 2018).

    • · “The Musical Duet in the Circle of Sara Levy and the Ideal of ‘Unity in Multiplicity,’” in Sara Levy’s World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment Berlin, ed. Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, forthcoming in 2018).

    • · “History and Faust Mythology in John Adams’s and Peter Sellars’s Doctor Atomic (2005)” in The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music, ed. Lorna Fitzsimmons. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

    • · “Music for a Saxon Princess,” in Word, Image, and Song: Vol. 2: Essays on Musical Voices, ed. Rebecca Cypess, Beth L. Glixon, and Nathan Link. University of Rochester Press, 2013.

    Book Reviews:

    • · Review of Biagio Marini, Madrigali e symfonie, ed. Aurelio Bianco and Sara Dieci, in Music and Letters.

    • · Review of recordings of seventeenth-century music by the ensemble ACRONYM, in Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music.

    • · Review of Sarah M. Ross, A Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues (forthcoming)

    • · Review of Paul Schleuse, Singing Games in Early Modern Italy: The Music Books of Orazio Vecchi in Music and Letters 97, no. 1 (2016): 151–53

    • · Review of recording by the Carmel Quartet, Paul Ben-Haim: Chamber Music for Strings, in Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology, vol. 12.

    • · Review of Susan McClary, ed., Structures of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Cultural Expression, in H-France Reviews.

    • · Review of Charles E. Brewer, The Instrumental Music of Schmelzer, Biber, Muffat, and their Contemporaries, in the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music.

    • · “An Italian in Dresden.” Review of Aurelio Bianco, “Nach englischer und frantzösischer Art”: Vie et oeuvre de Carlo Farina avec l’édition des cinq recueils de Dresde, in Early Music 39, no. 3 (August, 2011).

    • · Review of Raymond Erickson, ed. The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach, in Early Music America 16, no. 2 (summer, 2010).

    • · Review of Kathleen Berg, “‘The Swiss Orpheus’: An Appraisal of the Life and Music of Ludwig Sennfl (1489/91—1543), in Early Music America 15, no. 3 (fall, 2009).

    • · Review of Giulia Nuti, The Performance of Italian Basso Continuo, in Early Music America 14, no. 1 (spring, 2008).

    Encyclopedia Articles

    • · Articles in the Encyclopaedia Britannica on Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Anastasia Robinson, the Concerto delle donne, Francesca Caccini, Settimia Caccini, Anna Renzi, and Barbara Strozzi.

    • · Article on Arnold Dolmetsch in Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009).

  • Research Initiatives

    Performance Activities

    As a performer, Cypess specializes in 17th- and 18th-century harpsichords and fortepianos. She has performed in the original-instrument collections at the Royal College of Music and Yale University, and has given solo and chamber recitals in the Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania areas. She plays regularly with Mango Baroque, led by soprano Marguerite Krull. Forthcoming recordings include “Face to Face: Fortepiano-Harpsichord Duos from the Bach Family” with fortepianist Yi-heng Yang, and, with soprano Julianne Baird and baroque harpist Christa Patton, "Apollo's Muse: A Portrait of Marc'Antonio Pasqualini," featuring cantatas by Pasqualini and vocal and instrumental music by his 17th-century Roman contemporaries.

    Professional Memberships and Service

    Cypess is the secretary of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, having previously served as a member (2012) and chair (2013) of the program committee for the annual meeting. She is also a founding member of the American Musicological Society’s Study Group on Jewish Studies and Music, of which she previously served as secretary. She is a member of the Council of the American Musicological Society and the academic advisory board for the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.

Grammy Award-winning composer to direct Music Dept.

bob AldridgeComposer Robert Livingston Aldridge has been named director of the Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Aldridge will begin work on July 1, 2012.

Glee Club celebrates 140 years in song with April 21 concert

In 1872, Ulysses S. Grant was elected President of the United States, Yellowstone was established as the world’s first national park and a bunch of sophomore college students formed the Rutgers University Glee Club under the leadership of Edwin E. Colburn.