Professor of Composition and Music Theory Randolph Coleman has received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to spend May 2002 at the Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center, located on Lake Como, Italy. On sabbatical during the 2001-02 academic year, Coleman will spend the month working primarily on a piece for voice and large chamber ensemble for Oberlin's Contemporary Music Ensemble. (The Center only accepts one composer in residence per month.)

Coleman's Portals . . . where birds fly still, commissioned by eighth blackbird, received its world premiere in a performance by the ensemble in October 2001 at the AKI Festival, the Cleveland Art Museum's biennial celebration of new music. The ensemble also performed the work in December at Classical Action Oberlin's AIDS benefit.

Warren Darcy, Professor of Music Theory, gave a presentation on Wagner's opera Das Rheingold in July 2001 at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, as part of a seminar, "Richard Wagner: Music and Drama, Aesthetics and Politics," conducted by Professor William Kinderman from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Darcy has also been invited to contribute a chapter to a book on Wagner's opera Parsifal, to be edited by Kinderman and Katherine Syer.

Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass Peter Dominguez was featured on the Michael Pagan Trio's CD Tacitus Plus, released by Dynamic Productions.

Dominguez performed with the Larry Nozers Quartet in May 2001 at the Ferndale Jazz Festival in Detroit. In June, he participated in a memorial "with more than 50 of the world's greatest bass players," held at Riverside Church in New York City for the renowned jazz bassist Milton J. Hinton, who died in December 2000. Dominguez also performed in July in "Scat: The Music and Life of Ella Fitzgerald" at Cain Park, Cleveland.

In August, Dominguez was featured as principal bassist with the American Sinfonietta at the Bellingham Music Festival in Washington and performed throughout the state with guitarist Jerry Hahn and drummer Steve Houghton.

Professor of Piano Monique Duphil was a featured soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in May and June 2001 and presented recitals and master classes in Beijing and Hong Kong. Duphil then traveled to South America in June and July to perform with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, the Miranda Philharmonic, and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. The appearances included chamber music performances and solo recitals. She returned to Oberlin in July where she gave a solo recital and master class at the Oberlin Conservatory Piano Festival.

In August, Duphil participated in chamber music performances at the Bard Festival held at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She performed in September in the Oberlin Faculty Chamber Music Series and in October with the Amici Trio at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio, and was a soloist with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major.

Duphil's recording of "24 Preludes for Piano" by Claude Debussy was also released in August by Eclectra.

Associate Professor of Music Education Joanne Erwin conducted faculty and student orchestras in June 2001 for the Capital University Suzuki Institute in Columbus, Ohio. She presented a workshop, "Singing Strings: Using a Kodaly Approach in String Instruction," in September at the Midwest Kodaly Educators Conference in Cleveland. The presentation was based on research conducted in Finland with violin professor Geza Szilvay, Principal of the East Helsinki Institute.

Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting Hugh Floyd served in March 2001 as guest conductor of the South Carolina All-State Women's Chorus. During May, Floyd served as adjudicator for choral festivals sponsored by the Michigan State Vocal Association, held in Jackson and Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Also in May, he was an adjudicator for the Festival of Choirs, sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Floyd conducted the Interlochen High School Choirs in July 2001 in a performance of Bach's Cantata no. 106 and Britten's Ceremony of Carols, featuring harpist Lynn Aspnes. He also prepared the Interlochen Festival Choir for a performance of Orff's Carmina Burana, conducted by Timothy Russell, Director of Orchestral Activities at Arizona State University.

In July Floyd conducted performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance with a cast of 120 students and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Mich.

Professor of Violin Taras Gabora traveled to Genoa, Italy, to represent the US on the Paganini International Violin Competition jury held Septem-ber 28 to October 7, 2001. Other jury members were from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Jody Kerchner, Assistant Professor of Music Education, presented "Building a Community Choral Program" in May 2001 at Mt. Lake General Music Colloquium, Mt. Lake, Va.

Her recent publications include: "Modeling the Professional Life" in the Fall 2001 Journal of Music Teacher Education; "Children's Verbal, Visual, and Kinesthetic Responses: Insight into their Music Listening Experience," in the Fall 2001 Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, no. 146; and "Incorporating the National Standards into a Band Rehearsal" in Teaching Music, August 2001.

Several articles by Professor of Music Education John Knight appeared in The Instrumentalist in 2001. They included "My Second Chance" (June); "A Gathering of Composers for Middle School Band" (July); "Copland's 'Outdoor Overture': One Piece for Two Ensembles" (August); "Teaching Wisdom" (September); and a review of Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's CD of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and "Love Scene" from Romeo et Juliette (October).

Knight conducted the Oberlin College Community Winds in May 2001 and was featured as a guest conductor in July at the Great Works Symphonic Band recording session, resulting in a CD, Great Works for Band.

Professor of Ethnomusicology Roderic Knight wrote on the music of Gambia and the Kora, a 21-string harp played by Gambia's Mandinka people, in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition, and on the Kora in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Knight also served as guest editor for the Fall/Winter 2000-01 "Tribal Music of India" issue of Asian Music, writing the introduction and an article, "The Bana, Epic Fiddle of Central India."

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