Tufts Faculty in the Press
Lecturer of Music Kareem Roustom has premiere of his work "Ramal"
Kareem Roustom, Lecturer of Music and Director of the Arabic
Music Ensemble at Tufts, had his work "Ramal," commissioned by
Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, premiered in
Buenos Aires. The critically acclaimed premiere was followed by
performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg festivals and at the BBC
Proms. In addition, a new arrangement of a work by Kareem will be
premiered at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan as part of a
project led by former Tufts faculty member and Symphony Orchestra
conductor George Matthew. This premiere will be made with
significant support from the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership.
Kareem discusses some of his compositional inspirations and his
thoughts on music in an interview at Lucerne.
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Director of Choral Activities Jamie Kirsch profiled in The Medford Transcript 
Jamie Kirsch, Tufts Music Director of Choral Activities, was profiled in The
Medford Transcript upon his appointment as Music Director of Chorus pro
Musica. Read the article >
Department Chair John McDonald and Joanna Kurkowicz featured
in Fanfare Magazine 
John McDonald, composition professor and Department Chair, and Joanna Kurkowicz,
violin faculty, were featured in a November
2013 edition of Fanfare Magazine on his music for violin.
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Department Chair John McDonald featured in Tufts Now 
John McDonald, composition professor and Department Chair, was
featured in Tufts Now with advice on learning an instrument
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Boris Hasselblatt featured in Tufts Now 
Boris Hasselblatt, Tufts Professor of Mathematics, was featured in the
September 2013 edition of the Tufts Now newsletter for his role
as a tenor in the Trinity Church Boston choir.
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Jamie Kirsch appointed as new Music Director for Chorus Pro Musica 
Jamie Kirsch, Director of Choral activities, has been
appointed as the new Music Director for Chorus Pro Musica. Kirsch succeeds Betsy
Burleigh, who is leaving to teach at Indiana University's Jacobs School of
Music, which is coincidentally where Kirsch received his doctorate. More
information about his new role can be found via
The Boston Globe,
Chorus Pro Musica, and the
Department Chair John McDonald featured on MIT News homepage 
John McDonald, composition professor and Department Chair,
was featured on the
MIT News homepage for his piece
"Spinning Melodies" for solo flute, featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg.
The piece was written as a musical pairing to the study of synthetic
silks by Markus Buehler of MIT, David Kaplan of Tufts University and
Joyce Wong of Boston University. The music was set to visualizations
and movies about the silks and the results of the studies were published
View two movies with audio on youtube:
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Professor Janet Schmalfeldt's book receives Wallace Berry Award 
Professor Janet Schmalfeldt's book In the Process of Becoming:
Analytic and Philosophical Perspectives on Form in Early
Nineteenth-Century Music (Oxford University Press, 2011) received
one of the 2012 ASCAP – Deems Taylor Awards. She was also the
recipient of the Wallace Berry Award, from the Society for Music
Theory. The Society for Music Theory awards recognition for
significant contributions to music theory, analysis, or history of
theory. Eligibility extends to books and articles in English,
published between January 1 and December 31 for three years prior to
the year of the award.
The Wallace Berry Award is given for a distinguished book by an
author of any age or career stage.
Professor Richard C. Jankowsky's book and CD receive "Honorable Mention" 
Professor Richard C. Jankowsky's book Stambeli: Music, Trance, and
Alterity in Tunisia, and accompanying CD, was awarded an "Honorable
Mention" for the Clifford Geertz Book Prize, awarded by the Society
for the Anthropology of Religion and an Honorable Mention for the J.
H. Kwabena Nketia Book Prize awarded by the African Music Section of
the Society for Ethnomusicology. Stambeli refers to the music,
trance ceremony, and ritual healing tradition of displaced Africans
who were taken from the Central Sudan and other parts of Africa to
Tunisia during the 18th and 19th century. Jankowsky's study explores
the way music evokes the cross-cultural migratory past of its
originators and their encounters with the Arab-Islamic world.
Dr. Joseph Auner featured on
Inside Higher Ed's 'Academic Minute' 
For his research on music and technology, Dr. Joseph Auner was featured
Inside Higher Ed's program 'Academic Minute' which is produced by WAMC
Northeast Public Radio. He has been writing about ways in which technology
shapes our experience of the world and the development of our senses.
His Academic Minute focuses on the "intriguing mix of artificiality and reality"
in the sound of a Mellotron, an electronic instrument first popular in the 1960s
and 70s that used small strips of magnetic recording tape to reproduce the sounds
of many instruments as well as the voice.
Kareem Roustom, Tufts Arab Music Ensemble Director, with Coro Allegro 
Following the world premier of Kareem Roustom's vocal piece "The Son of Man,"
the Boston vocal ensemble Coro Allegro won the 2012 Chorus America/ASCAP Alice
Parker Award. The award ceremony was held on June 15th, 2012 in Minneapolis.
Mr. Roustom's piece was acknowledged for exposing the audience to an innovative
compositional style and expanding the musical worlds of its performers.
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David Coleman Featured on BBC America 
In September, David Coleman, director of the Tufts Third Day Gospel
Choir, was contacted by the BBC to be featured in a series called
"First Person" where once a week, they feature the life of one
American. Having heard specifically of the work that Coleman had
done at Tufts University with the Gospel Choir and how it has grown
to 225 members and attracted both people of Christian faith as well
as people of other religions and no faith, the BBC visited Tufts to
interview him and film a rehearsal.
Watch the video >
Kareem Roustom-Composer: Picturing Music 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Tisch Library, Hirsh Reading Room
Kareem Roustom, a lecturer in Tufts' music department, is an award-winning composer
who has composed music for film, television, the concert hall, and album projects.
Steeped in the musical traditions of the Arab Near East and trained in Western music,
Roustom is a musically bi-lingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety
of artists ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira. An active composer of
film music, he has scored a number of short and feature-length films. His score for the
award-winning documentary, Encounter Point, earned him the Best Musical Score Award at
the 2006 Bend International Film Festival. His recent score for Amreeka, which premiered
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, won the International Critic's Award at the Director's
Fortnight during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for three Spirit
Awards. During his talk, Roustom will introduce the audience to his film compositions,
playing pieces from them live as well as showing clips from the movies.
A CD signing and reception will follow the talk. An exhibit about Kareem Roustom and
his music will be on display in Tisch Library lobby from October 19, 2010 - January 4, 2011.
"Kareem Roustom's Middle Eastern-flavored score contributes greatly
--The Hollywood Reporter
"A strong string, wind and percussion score by Kareem Roustom adds to the
momentum and underlines key moments [in Budrus Has a Hammer]." --Variety Magazine
"Music of Your Life" 
The Tufts Journal recently featured an article entitled "Music
of Your Life: From dance clubs to TV show theme songs, Stephan
Pennington mines pop tunes for cultural insights."
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"The World" Interviews Tufts Music Department's Kareem Roustom 
Lecturer of Music Kareem Roustom recently sat down for an interview
with reporter Bruce Wallace of Public Radio International's "The
World." In their discussion, Mr. Roustom discussed his latest film
score for a documentary called "The Mosque in Morgantown." The film
score is among the nominees for an Emmy award in the category of
Outstanding Music & Sound.
Listen to the interview >