Faculty Accomplishments

Our Music faculty members are constantly teaching, performing, creating, both here and abroad. Take a look at their latest activities:

Christopher Doll presented a talk for the American Musicological Society’s special lecture series, which took place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 26.

Pamela Gilmore spoke and performed at the Quakertown Choral Fest on February 11 in Quakertown, PA, to an audience of high school choral participants and their faculty.

Eduardo Herrera was the resident musicologist in Bogotá, Colombia, for the Contemporary Music Days organized by the Colorado Contemporary Music College. He gave a total of four talks from February 17 to 21: “The CLAEM, A Critical Moment for the Latin American Musical Avant-Garde”; “Philanthropy and Music: The Rockefeller Foundation and Latin American Music”; “Music and Meaning, a Workshop in Semiotics”; and “Music and Postcoloniality: Latin American Composers from a Postcolonial Perspective.” From March 7 to 9, Herrera attended the 40th meeting of the Society for American Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There he began his tenure as chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Interest Group. From March17 to 21, Herrera was in Havana, Cuba, to present a talk titled “Embodied Avant-Garde/The Avant-Garde as a Way of Being” for the Latin American meeting of the International Musicological Society and the VIII International Colloquium on Musicology, hosted by Casa de las Américas.

Maureen Hurd performed with the American Symphony Orchestra in two concerts at Bard College on February 21 and 22, and one concert at New York City’s Symphony Space on February 23. She served on the national selection committee for Scholar and Artist Awards for the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society on March 28. On March 30, as coordinator of woodwinds, Hurd presented Woodwind Day, an event for woodwind players and students of all ages and abilities from the greater New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. Master classes and workshops were given by faculty members of the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Taina Kataja developed a four-hour course on Finnish diction and vocal repertoire for New York Singing Teachers’ Association’s inaugural series, “Exploring the World of Repertoire.” The sessions were presented in front of an audience at the National Opera Center in New York City on March 7 and are being developed into an internet study course available worldwide. Two of Kataja’s first-year students, Rachel Horner and Emily Reineke, performed Finnish songs in the final recital.

Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer performed in a recital on February 16 at Carnegie Hall with bass-baritone Mark Moliterno for the Music in the Somerset Hills series.