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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 Emerson String Quartet

Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $48
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The Emerson String Quartet opens the Staller Center season with the music of Haydn and Beethoven in the first of three concerts titled “Passing the Torch.” The program will include Haydn, Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Quinten”; Beethoven, Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; Beethoven, Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5; Haydn, Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5.

POSTPONED - Donizetti Concertino Revisited

Wednesday, October 7 2015, 1:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Free Admission

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Pedro Diaz will discuss the story behind the buried secrets surrounding one of Donizetti's earlier works, his Concertino, hidden for two hundred years.  Mr. Diaz's adventure took him to the library in Bologna, which contains all records and collections from the "Liceo Musicale," where Donizetti studied as a young composer.  The talk will cover the instruments of Donizetti's time in an enlightening demonstration using imaging by Dr Howe. Pedro Diaz will discuss details about his pilgrimage to Bergamo and Bologna, as well as discrepancies and mysteries surrounding this composition and Mark Biggam will discuss the procedures he used to copy and edit the parts from the original source.

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

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

baroque ensemble

“A Rhine Journey”: Dazzling German and French chamber works by Telemann, Couperin and others open our season as Baroque Sundays director Arthur Haas is joined by a virtuoso trio of Baroque violin, flute and viola da gamba.

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.



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