of Conducting Mitchell Arnold was guest conductor for the Santa Fe
Symphony Orchestra last fall, and this spring he led the first concert
in Santa Fe's new Lensic Performing Arts Center. He served as cover
conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra in October and December 2000,
and led rehearsals of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in October
2000 and January and February 2001.
Professor of Music Theory Warren Darcy '68 co-authored Elements
of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late Eighteenth-Century
Sonata, which is to be published by Yale University Press. Darcy's
co-author, former Oberlin professor of musicology James Hepokoski,
is professor of music at Yale University. The book "reconceptualizes
the 18th-century sonata paradigm in terms of a genre-based theory
of musical composition and paves the way for an understanding of the
19th-century ëdeformations' of this paradigm," says Darcy. The coauthors
developed their theory over six years and Darcy has taught it in his
upper-level music theory courses at Oberlin.
In February, Darcy presented a paper titled "Rotational Form, Teleological
Genesis, and Fantasy-Projection in the Slow Movement of Mahler's Sixth
Symphony" at a colloquium for faculty and graduate students of the
Yale University Department of Music. His paper outlines new principles
of formal analysis that he developed in collaboration with Hepokoski
and demonstrates how these principles are compatible with other modes
of analysis, such as Schenkerian theory. Darcy delivered the paper
again in March as keynote speaker at a symposium on musical scholarship
at the University of Minnesota and in May at the University of Cincinnati.
It will also be published in the journal, 19th Century Music.
Darcy held research status for the 2000-01 academic year, during which
he examined Mahler's use of rotational form in his symphonies.
Peter Dominguez, professor of jazz studies and double bass,
received the 2000 Alumni Award from the University of Miami-Coral
Gables for outstanding contribution and service in the double-bass
profession. Dominguez toured Europe with the American Sinfonietta
in March, performing in Berlin, Stuttgart, Salzburg, and Lucerne.
Principal double bass with the sinfonietta since 1991, he was recently
elected to its board of directors. In August, Dominguez performed
with the group at the Bellingham Music Festival and was featured in
a jazz concert with Mike Marshall and Andy Narell at Western Washington
University. In November Dominguez adjudicated the Violin Society of
America's double-bass instrument-makers competition in Fort Mitchell,
Kentucky and performed Schubert's Octet for Woodwinds, Horn, and Strings
in Finney Chapel with the St. Petersburg Quartet, Associate Professor
of Bassoon George Sakakeeny, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Kay Edwards, assistant professor of music education, recently
presented two sessions entitled "Don't Let the Snakes Hear You: American
Indian Folktales in the Classroom" at the Arizona State Music Educators
Association conference. It was her third invitation to present to
the group. Edwards also coordinated a September workshop featuring
Constance McKoy '78, a former doctoral student of Edwards' at UNC-Greensboro,
and a December parent-child workshop that featured Oberlin students
Laura Shepherd and Greg Ristow as clinicians. Edwards was recently
elected to the Ohio University School of Music Alumni Board of Directors
and was honored by her high school alma mater.
In January, Associate Professor of Music Education Joanne Erwin
conducted the Pennsylvania Honor Orchestra in Pittsburgh and the Northern
Ohio Youth Orchestra Chamber Groups in Oberlin. In February Erwin
conducted the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra in Oberlin's Warner Concert
Hall. In March Erwin adjudicated for the Ohio Music Educators Association
in Lyndhurst and Louisville, Ohio.
During winter term, Professor of Accompanying Philip Highfill
led a group of nine Oberlin students to Panama where they taught for
two and a half weeks in the annual Youth Music Camp sponsored by Panama's
National Concert Association. This was the 11th consecutive year of
Oberlin's participation in the camp. Highfill also conducted two concerts
given by the camp orchestra, which featured music by Schubert, Bizet,
and Johann Strauss.
Professor of Ethnomusicology Roderic Knight was guest editor
of the Fall/Winter 2000/2001 issue of Asian Music (vol. 32, no. 1).
The issue is devoted entirely to the tribal music of India, featuring
five articles and numerous photos and maps. Knight wrote the introduction
and an article entitled "The Bana, Epic Fiddle of Central India,"
drawing on fieldwork conducted in 1982 among the Pardhan people in
Madhya Pradesh. Richard Kent Wolf '84, assistant professor of ethnomusicology
at Harvard University, also contributed two articles to the journal.
Tom Lopez, assistant professor of computer music and new media,
hosted OCEAN, a four-concert festival of new electronic music
at Oberlin last November. The presenters included two dozen faculty
members and student composers from around Ohio. In December Lopez,
with University of Texas at Austin choreographer Yacov Sharir and
University of Utah architect Julio Bermudez, presented a new interactive
performance at the International Monaco Dances Forum in Monte Carlo,
Monaco. The three repeated the presentation in March at the Center
for Arts and Technology in New London, Connecticut, and again in April
in Austin, Texas.
The Oberlin Finney Ensemble premiered Lopez's work Fireplace in December
and Nocturne, a work for solo piano, was performed in February
at the Society of Composers, Inc., conference at Ball State University
and in April at Heidelberg College. They Hearken to Echoes,
a piece for two flutes, was performed in March in Syracuse and in
April at Heidelberg College. Lopez presented his lecture "CinÈma pour
l'Oreille: Aural Imagery" at the Cleveland Institute of Art in early
Professor of Music Theory Joseph Lubben returned to Oberlin last
fall after spending two years as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Venezuela
where he taught theory and analysis at the Universidad of Simón
Bolívar, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and the Instituto
Universitario de Estudios Musicales, all in Caracas. He also conducted
a seminar in Schenkerian analysis for professors of theory and composition
at the latter two institutions and led workshops in analysis and performance
at music schools in Mérida and San Cristóbal.
In June 2000, Lubben presented a lecture, "Grupos Algebraicos
y Trans-formaciones Musicales," as part of a symposium on music
and mathematics at the Universidad Central. He was a guest on the
Venezuelan national radio program "Composers of the Americas,"
which broadcast his Cantata Harmonia Mundi. In November 2000,
he delivered a paper on the results of his research on the folk music
of Venezuela at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology
Marilyn McDonald, professor of violin and teacher of baroque
violin, recently performed with the Axelrod Quartet in Santa Fe, New
Mexico and Little Washington, Virginia. In praising the Santa Fe concert,
the New Mexican stated the performers approached the music
with "sprightly reverence, and the result was excellent ‚ musically
informed without being stuffy, ardent without being overbearing, and
McDonald, along with Professor of Piano Monique Duphil and Associate
Professor of Singing Lorraine Manz, performed in December at the Cleveland
Museum of Art with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted
by Associate Professor of Conducting Tim Weiss. McDonald also performed
Bach solo violin sonatas at Grinnell College, as part of an ongoing
project begun in the Bach anniversary year of 2000, and has performed
in various venues since September as a member of the Smithsonian Institution's
In a November concert commemorating the Yamaha Corporation's
centennial and the music of J.S. Bach, Maxim Mogilevsky, visiting
assistant professor of piano, performed in concert with his wife,
Svetlana Smolina, his parents, and his brother at the Brussels Royal
Conservatory of Music in Belgium. In January Mogilevsky and Smolina
performed a program of Tchaikovsky's piano works at the New Jersey
Symphony Orchestra's Tchaikovsky Festival and in March Mogilevsky
gave a debut concert at the Tel Aviv Opera House that included Stravinsky's
Rite of Spring arranged for four pianos and percussion. His
future plans include performances at the Gilmore Festival and the
Ruhr Festival and with the St. Petersburg Quartet and the St. Petersburg
Philharmonic Orchestra, and a concert tour of Argentina.
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