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Director of Choral Activities Jamie Kirsch profiled in The Medford Transcript [2013]
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 [2013]
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 [2013]
John McDonald, composition professor and Department Chair, was featured in Tufts Now with advice on learning an instrument in adulthood. Read the article >

Boris Hasselblatt featured in Tufts Now [2013]
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. Read the article >

Jamie Kirsch appointed as new Music Director for Chorus Pro Musica [2013]
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 Medford Transcript.

Department Chair John McDonald featured on MIT News homepage [2012]
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 in Nano Today.
View two movies with audio on youtube: A3B mmc1 |  AB3 mmc2

Professor Janet Schmalfeldt's book receives Wallace Berry Award [2012]
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" [2012]
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' [2012]
For his research on music and technology, Dr. Joseph Auner was featured on 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 [2012]
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. Read more >

David Coleman Featured on BBC America [2010]
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 [2010]
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 [to Amreeka]."
 --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" [2010]
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." Read the article >

"The World" Interviews Tufts Music Department's Kareem Roustom [2010]
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 >