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Composer John McDonald releases a new album titled At All Device, featuring solo pianist David Holzman
April 2020
At All Device, comprising of works for solo piano by Tufts professor John McDonald, reflects two-decades' musical collaboration and friendship between the composer and pianist David Holzman.

The Tufts Daily covers Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster's performance at Granoff
March 2020
In a concert made possible by the Granoff Music Fund, Sutton Foster performs selections from Broadway and her solo albums, as well as a rendition of "I'm On My Way" with Tufts Chamber Singers.

FALL 2019

The Boston Globe names Kareem Roustom's collaboration with A Far Cry and Lorelai Ensemble one of the best classical concerts of 2019
December 2019
A Far Cry's concert, featuring the Lorelai Ensemble and the premiere of Kareem Roustom's composition "Hurry to the Light," makes The Boston Globe's "10 best classical concerts of 2019" list.

Frank Lehman discusses the motivic magic behind John Williams's decades-spanning Star Wars scores in The Washington Post
December 2019
Professor Frank Lehman shares his work cataloguing and analyzing Star Wars themes with The Washington Post and Tufts Now.

Faculty Donald Berman featured in Grammy-nominated album, The Edge of Silence: Works for Voice by György Kurtág
November 2019
Pianist and professor Donald Berman (Lecturer, Director of New Music Ensemble) contributes to the critically-acclaimed album, The Edge of Silence.

Kareem Roustom's Ramal for orchestra is performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
November 2019
The recording of this performance is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "Afternoon Concert" series in 2020.

Vassar professor and former planetary NASA scientist Tahirih Motazedian visits Granoff to discuss music theory in film
October 2019
The Tufts Daily covers Tahirih Motazedian's lecture on how the tonality of film scores influences character development, plot points, and themes.

The Tufts Daily reviews soprano Susan Naruki and faculty/pianist Donald Berman's Sunday Concert Series performance, "Ill, Moody, and Tongue-Tied"
September 2019
Soprano Susan Naruki and pianist Donald Berman bring an eclectic program of art pieces and vignettes to Distler Performance Hall.

Anna Kijas is named as the new Head of Lilly Music Library at Granoff
September 2019
Newly-inducted Head of Lilly Music Library Anna Kijas is a published author, digital humanities researcher concentrating in historical music research, and Tufts alumna.


The Boston Globe talks to choral director David Coleman about One City Choir and Landmarks Orchestra's upcoming concert featuring excerpts from Show Boat
July 2019
Tufts Gospel Choir director David Coleman sits down with The Boston Globe to unpack the historical controversies surrounding the musical Show Boat in anticipation of his work with One City Choir and Landmarks Orchestra.

The Chicago Tribune reviews the premiere of Kareem Roustom's "Turn to the World: A Whitman Cantata," performed by the Grant Park Orchestra
June 2019
Tufts faculty Kareem Roustom's new orchestral work, commissioned by the Grant Park Orchestra, is deemed "searing social commentary" by The Chicago Tribune.

Graduating seniors Melissa Wishner and Tommy George talk with Tufts Now about their time in the Tufts Wind Ensemble
May 2019
Alto saxophonist Melissa Wishner and bass clarinetist Tommy George reminisce about how the Tufts Wind Ensemble community has impacted their Tufts experiences.

Faculty member Layth Sidiq is invited to host music workshops for refugee students in Lebanon through the Kayany Foundation
May 2019
Arab Music Ensemble director Layth Sidiq talks with Tufts Now about his experience teaching folkloric songs to fifty Lebanese students between the ages of nine and fifteen.

The Boston Globe interviews Kareem Roustom about the premiere of his work "Hurry to the Light," written for A Far Cry and Lorelei Ensemble
May 2019
Kareem Roustom composes a piece based on a modern translation of The Odyssey for the all-female Lorelai Ensemble and the innovative chamber orchestra A Far Cry.

Faculty member Kareem Roustom talks with Pierre Boulez Saal about the premiere of his violin concerto, written for Michael Barenboim and the Boulez Ensemble
April 2019
Composer and Tufts faculty Kareem Roustom discusses the influences that inspired his new violin concerto, to be premiered at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Germany.

The Tufts Daily talks with Faculty members Paul Lehrman and Chris Rogers about the Music Engineering minor and a new course offered in Fall 2019
March 2019
Faculty members Paul Lehrman and Chris Rogers talk about making the interdisciplinary Music Engineering minor more accessible for students from a range of academic backgrounds.

Faculty Joel LaRue Smith wins a 2019 LAB grant from Boston Foundation
March 2019
This grant will be used to present an Afro Caribbean performance of Smith's original music from his album "Pasajes" (Passages).

Tufts alumnus and Washington Post Arts Editor Geoff Edgers interviewed by The Boston Globe in preparation of the release of his new book and visit to Granoff
February 2019
Geoff Edgers speaks with The Boston Globe and The Tufts Daily about his upcoming book, in which he explains how hip hop group Run-DMC introduced rap to mainstream culture with their cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

Tufts alumnus Deke Sharon talks with The Tufts Daily during his visit to Granoff
February 2019
Deke Sharon, producer of the hit show The Sing-Off and arranger/music director/producer for all three Pitch Perfect movies, reminisces about his time at Tufts and the whirlwind career that followed in conversations with The Tufts Daily and Tufts Now.

FALL 2018

Tufts Gospel Choir invited to perform in event at Harvard
November 2018
Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir and director David Coleman are invited to participate in an event at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University celebrating gospel artist Richard Smallwood.

William Parker works with Tufts Community Students as part of the Vision Festival
October 2018
Free Jazz legend William Parker presents a workshop for students at Tufts Music as part of the five-event Vision Festival.

The Tufts Daily talks with Tufts Composers and professor of biology about collaborative concert
October 2018
Tufts Composers partners with biology professor Stephen Fuchs to offer experimental music inspired by Fuch's research on repetitive protein sequences.

Tufts Now talks with SMFA professor Kurt Ralske about the Vision Festival at Tufts Music in October
September 2018
Laura Ferguson interviews Kurt Ralske about his inspiration behind bringing the Vision Festival, a well-known event celebrating improvisation in music, art, and ideas, to Tufts.


Live performance in Distler reviewed on NPR
July 2018
NPR Music's Kevin Whitehead reviews the album "Seraphic Light" by Daniel Carter, Mathew Shipp, and William Parker, recorded in Distler Hall in April 2018.

Tufts professor Frank Lehman is interviewed byThe Boston Globe about his book "Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema"
June 2018
Frank Lehman's talks with the Globe about his work studying film music, specifically from the Star Wars movies, and the release of his new book on the subject.

Kareem Roustom's Dabke performed at the Holland Festival
June 2018
Tufts faculty Kareem Roustom has work performed at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam

Jeffrey Summit is celebrated for his work at Tufts Hillel
April 2018
Tufts faculty Jeffrey Summit talks with Tufts Now about his 39 year tenure with Tufts Hillel.

Minnesota Orchestra set to perform Kareem Roustom's Ramal in its 2018-2019 season
April 2018
The Minnesota Orchestra will perform Ramal in September along with works by John Adams, and Gustav Holst.

Music faculty Stephan Pennington is quoted in the New York Times about the evolution of same-sex pronouns in popular music
April 2018
Stephan Pennington is quoted by the NYT in an article about Universal Love, a six-track set of of pop hits with a same-sex twist.

The Tufts Daily talks with Joel LaRue Smith and students in the Tufts Jazz Orchestra.
March 2018
After a recent performance at Sculler Jazz Club in Boston, the Tufts Daily catches up with members of TJO and talks about their experience in the group.

Kareem Roustom appointed as first ever composer-in-residence at the Grand Teton Music Festival
March 2018
Tufts professor and composer Kareem Roustom is appointed composer-in-residence for the GTMF's 2018 season.

Chair David Locke and Professors Melinda Latour and Frank Lehman talk with The Tufts Daily about the new music major
February 2018
Tufts Music announces a new music major, "Music, Sound, and Culture," available to students in Fall 2018.

Attah Poku is quoted in The Boston Globe about his work with the band Kotoko Brass and their appearance at CRASHarts
February 2018
Tufts Professor Attah Poku performs with Kotoko Brass at CRASHarts on February 24 at House of Blues in Boston.

Jeffrey Summit receives Hosea Ballou medal for extraordinary leadership at Tufts Hillel
February 2018
Jeffrey Summit, Research Professor of Music, Rabbi and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel, is awarded the Ballou medal by the Board of Trustees.

Janet Schmalfeldt to be keynote speaker at Musical Analysis Conference
January 2018
Professor Emerita Janet Schmalfeldt will be the keynote speaker for the City Music Analysis Conference at the University of London in July 2018.

Tufts Chamber Orchestra plays Beethoven Symphony No. 3
January 2018
Tufts Chamber Orchestra performs the 1st movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica in the Distler Performance Hall, directed by John Page.

Kareem Roustom and Layth Sidiq invited to New Levant Initiative at Kennedy Center
January 2018
Kareem Roustom and Layth Sidiq will be panelists at the New Levant Initiative Conference in Washington D.C. in March 2018.

Frank Lehman featured in The New Yorker
January 2018
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Frank Lehman is quoted in The New Yorkerabout John Williams' music in light of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

FALL 2017

David Locke interviewed on Rtv Ghana
December 2017
Department chair David Locke is interviewed while participating in the funeral rites of the female leader of the Ashanti people.

Harjinder Singh profiled in Tufts graduate news
November 2017
Harjinder Singh (M.A. '18) is celebrated for his exploration of and involvement in world music and dance.

Semer Ensemble's concert at Tufts reviewed in The Boston Globe
November 2017

Terence Blanchard talks film, jazz, and the genre's future with The Tufts Daily
October 2017
GRAMMY award winning jazz musician and film composer Terence Blanchard sits down for an interview with The Tufts Daily.

Patrice Williamson featured in The Tufts Daily
October 2017
Tufts faculty member Patrice Williamson is interviewed by The Tufts Daily in anticipation of her concert "Ella and Me"

Kareem Roustom has works performed at the Nuremburg Human Rights Award Ceremony
September 2017
Kareem Roustom's works Ramal and Dabke were performed at the International Nuremberg Human Rights Award Ceremony in Nuremberg, Germany.


Thomas Stumpf plays Beethoven's Ninth on piano
August 2017
The Boston Globe talks to Thomas Stumpf about his rare performance of Franz Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on September 9 in Nahant, Massachusetts

Kareem Roustom has work performed in Chicago
July 2017
The Chicago Tribune talks to Tufts Composition professor Kareem Roustom about his work Ramal, performed by the Grant Park Orchestra.

Tufts Alum Grace Oberhofer awarded the OPERA America Discovery grant
July 2017
Grace Oberhofer (A '15) received a Discovery grant from OPERA America for her work inspired by Byzantine empresses, called ICONS/IDOLS.

Joel LaRue Smith is awarded a Mass Cultural Grant
June 2017
Lecturer and Director of Jazz Activities, Joel LaRue Smith, is awarded a composition grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Paul Lehrman and Joel LaRue Smith promoted to Senior Lecturers
June 2017
Professors Paul Lehrman (Lecturer, Director of Music Engineering) and Joel LaRue Smith (Lecturer, Director of Jazz Activities) have been promoted to Senior Lecturers. Congratulations to Paul and Joel!

David Locke's work with Gideon Foli Alorwoyie profiled in The New York Times
April 2017
Department Chair David Locke's work with master drummer and UNT professor Torgbui Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie is featured in the NYT.

Tufts Alum Appointed Faculty at Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University
April 2017
Tufts Alum Felipe Lara (M.A. '05) joins the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory's Composition Department.

Joel LaRue Smith's new album featured in DownBeat Magazine
April 2017
DownBeat Magazine reviews Smith's new album, The Motorman's Son, and talks with the Tufts Professor about the genesis behind the album.

Tufts Alum named composer-in-residence at California Symphony
April 2017
Katherine Balch (A '14) is named the California Symphony's Young American Composer-in-Residence.

Celebration of George Antheil featured in Medford Transcript
March 2017
The Medford Transcript writes about Tufts's three day celebration of self proclaimed "bad boy of music" George Antheil.

Two Tufts Alums receive awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters
March 2017
Sid Richardson (A '10) and Katherine Balch (A '14) received the 2017 Charles Ives Scholarship.

FALL 2016

Kareem Roustom profiled in The Boston Globe
October 2016
In preparation of the Boston premiere of Syrian-born Roustom's Traces The Globe talks to him about his music and reflections on the disaster in Syria.


Tufts composition student Ryan O'Connell works with project STEP
August 2016
Tufts Now profiles Tufts composition student Ryan O'Connell's work with Jehan Diaz, a 15-year old viola student in project STEP.