The Department of Music is pleased to announce the revivification of the graduate program in ethnomusicology.  The program will be of special interest to budding scholars of Asian musical culture, with Margarethe Adams (Central Asia) and Benjamin Tausig (Southeast Asia) on faculty, as well as to those interested in sound studies, music and religion, and music and politics.  For information on application to MA/PhD tracks in ethnomusicology and also to the Program in the History and Theory of Music, please click here: 

Application to the MA and PhD Programs in Ethnomusicology and History/Theory 

Application to the MA and PhD Programs in Music Composition

Application to the MM and DMA Programs in Performance

Applications for all graduate programs are due on December 1, 2015. 

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Calidore String Quartet

Tuesday, October 13, 5:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission


The Calidore String Quartet performs recent works by Stony Brook Department of Music graduate composers chosen by the composition faculty for this concert. The program includes Andrew Conklin’s Five Pieces for String Quartet, Jacinth Greywoode’s Scraps, Nathan Hudson’s String Quartet No. 1 and Joseph Sferra’s comic piece Warrior, with the composer as narrator.

Contemporary Chamber Players

Wednesday, October 14 2015, 8:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission


In the concert-long Pléïades, a percussion sextet by Iannis Xenakis, four movements of music for drums, mallets and sixxens comprise one of the most remarkable works ever written for percussion. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.

Baroque Sundays at Three
Gold & Glitter: The Triumph of Baroque String Music from Germany and France

Sunday, October 18 2015, 3:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission

baroque ensemble

This concert will feature fabulous young Baroque violinist, Daniel Lee, viola da gambist, Martha McGaughey, and Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, in a program stretching from wild and sensuous 17th century string trios by Buxtehude and Erlebach, and the little-known passionate violin sonata in E minor by Bach, to dance music from the court of Versailles by J.P. Rameau.  Along with the Baroque violin, Mr. Lee will also play the violino piccolo - a rarely heard instrument championed by Bach and other German Baroque composers.  Virtuosity and expression will abound in this glorious afternoon of music making.

Richard Savino, Guitar and Lute Masterclass and Presentation

Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 PM
Room 2318 | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission

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Switch Hitting in the Modern World

This class will address playing period instruments, in a period manner, while maintaining a life with modern instruments; issues relating to continuo practice and surviving in the modern world will also be addressed. Dr. Savino will discuss building a performing career that straddles the divergent worlds of performance practice, chamber music, and modern classical guitar.

Library Concert Series: "The Art of Violin"

Wednesday, October 21 2015, 1:00 PM
Frank Melville Library
Free Admission

art of violin

In the second installment of the violin studio's concert series in the Melville Library Atrium, the Emanio String Quartet (Brian Bak and Matheus Sardinha Garcia Souza, violins; Jiwon Kim, viola; and So Sugiyama, cello) performs John Zorn's dynamic String Quartet "Cat O'Nine Tails" (subtitled "Tex Avery Meets the Marquis de Sade"), written in 1988.  Jihyang Seo and Bowei Chen will play the Franck Violin Sonata, and ShanRong Tuo, Eun Hae Oh, and Micaela Fruend will perform the Beethoven Serenade.

lessardTribute Concert: The Music Of John Lessard

Thursday, October 22 2015, 8:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission

John Lessard, whose career as a highly regarded composer spanned 60 years, was a seminal member of the Department of Music from 1962 to 1990. Students, former students and faculty will come together to honor him in a recital of his music, which will include many of his songs and works for percussion, guitar and woodwind quintet. The concert will feature a special guest artist, soprano Tony Arnold, in a performance of Lessard’s 1984 work Pond in a Bowl. Other artists include Tory Browers, Dominic Donato, George Fisher, Eduardo Leandro, Steve Paysen, Jerry Willard and members of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.

Starry Nights November

starry nights

Friday, November 6 2015, 8 pm
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $36
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A unique chamber music concert produced by cellist and artistic director Colin Carr brings a world of beautiful music — classical, romantic and contemporary — to Staller Center with performances by world-class stars. Acclaimed violinists and Avery Fisher Career Grant winners Jennifer Frautschi and Arnaud Sussmann will join Carr and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson Quartet. The program will include Brahms’ String Sextet in B-at major, other classics and a jazz trumpet set.

Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 7 2015, 8 pm
Main Stage | Staller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20/$10
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Program: Ravel, La valse; Richard Strauss, Burleske for Piano and Orchestra; Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E-at major “Eroica.” Featuring Matthieu Cognet, piano soloist, winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition. Conducted by Eduardo Leandro. Free pre-concert lecture with Michael Hershkowitz at 7 pm in the Recital Hall.

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