Mary Pappert School of Music

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06/14/2024

Faculty Feature

"The Lied at the Crossroads of Performance and Musicology," a book edited by Dr. Benjamin Binder (Chair of Musicianship Department; Associate Professor of Music) alongside Dr. Jennifer Ronyak of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, was published by Cambridge University Press earlier this year.

In addition to serving as co-editor, Dr. Binder contributed the first of the book's chapters. Another is a discusses the results of interviews that he and Dr. Ronyak conducted with renowned singers of the German Lied including Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Quasthoff, Randall Scarlata, Martha Guth, and Clara Osowski about the relationship between performance and musicology in their work as song recitalists in this genre.

More information can be found here: https://www.cambridge.org/us/universitypress/subjects/music/nineteenth-century-music/lied-crossroads-performance-and-musicology?

06/08/2024

This summer’s third annual Summer Band Symposium for school band educators and community band directors features Cheryl and Richard Floyd (Austin, TX) as co-clinicians, along with Michael Markowski (2024 Young Band Commission composer). Registration fee includes buffet lunch; parking optional. Participants are encouraged to play in the Symposium’s Reading Band during morning and afternoon sessions.

Learn more and register before the June 15 deadline: https://www.duq.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/music/calendar-of-events/index.php -details/04eb1b23-67e0-468f-b92d-4268010cd59d

Music Maker's Lab - 2024 John G. Rangos Prize Competition 06/07/2024

Faculty Feature

Dr. Paul Miller (Assistant Professor of Musicianship) together with Dr. Michael McMasters (Physics Department) recently won a Rangos Prize to develop a Music Maker's Lab Workshop for current students at Duquesne as well as high school students. Their aim is to run a weekend workshop in the coming fall, building to a five-day program in 2025.

For the annual Rangos Prizes Pitch Competition, Duquesne University faculty and students formulate ideas for engaging with community partners and creating new approaches to pedagogy.

You can watch their winning pitch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEBfmhkfYmI

Congratulations!

Music Maker's Lab - 2024 John G. Rangos Prize Competition The Rangos Prize “Four Minutes to Win It” video pitch competition features a number of creative proposals in which faculty and students partner with each oth...

05/27/2024

WQED Releases Documentary on Violins of Hope

In October 2023, the Violins of Hope exhibition launched in Pittsburgh, alongside a 6-week series of related concerts and events involving more than 50 partners all around the city. The Mary Pappert School of Music hosted the first event in the series, featuring its students performing on instruments from the collection. Now, WQED has released a documentary that heavily features our faculty and students.

Watch the Documentary: https://youtu.be/9LZkU_O7vrs?si=5WROo_1wnlbU0Az-

05/24/2024

Faculty Feature: Dr. Stephen Benham

Benham, Chair of Performance and Professor of Music Education, was given the Marvin J. Rabin Community Service Award from the American String Teachers Association in recognition of "significant contributions to [his] local, regional, or professional community through teaching and demonstrated leadership.”



photo credit: Denny Medley, Random Photography

05/23/2024

Several faculty and staff were honored on Tuesday, May 21 for their dedication and service to Duquesne University:

- Jane Cubbison (Student Success Coach) was nominated for the Quality Service Award for her tireless work and dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of the MPSOM
- Karyn Reinhart (Office Manager) was nominated for a Teamwork Award for her work on the 2023 Bring Your Child to Work Day Planning Team
- Steve Groves (Director of Music Engagement, Events, and Marketing) won the 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Award for his work on the Violins of Hope project

In addition, many staff and faculty were honored for their milestone years of service to Duquesne:
- Ann Labounsky (Professor of Organ and Sacred Music) - 55 years of service
- Charles Stegeman (Professor of Violin) - 30 years of service
- Dr. Paul Doerksen (Professor of Music Education) - 20 years of service
- David Egyud (Production Coordinator) - 20 years of service
- Dr. Joseph Sheehan (Associate Professor of Musicianship) - 15 years of service
- Dr. Rachel Whitcomb (Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Music Education) - 15 years of service
- Barb McCandless (Administrative Assistant) - 10 years of service
- Dr. Benjamin Cornelius-Bates (Assistant Professor of Musicianship) - 5 years of service
- Carrie McCormack (Assistant to the Deans) - 5 years of service
- Karyn Reinhart (Office Manager) - 5 years of service
- Dr. Nicole Vilkner (Assistant Professor of Musicianship) - 5 years of service

Congratulations to all, and thank you for your dedication and exceptional work!

05/22/2024

Congratulations to Amelia Van Howe (A.D. Performance, 2019; M.M. Performance, 2017) on winning a position as Librarian with the Nashville Symphony! Since graduating, Amelia remained a familiar face, working as the Ensemble Librarian at the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 05/21/2024

Attention High School pianists and singers, register now to attend this summer's High School Vocal Workshop or Summer Piano Workshop, both running the week of July 22 – 26. Both workshops feature individual and group instruction with School of Music faculty and culminate in a final recital.

To learn more and register today, go to duq.edu/SummerMusicSeries

The High School Vocal Workshop is a collaborative exploration for high school singers who love to sing and are considering careers in music! Elevate your singing in week-long course exploring all aspects of the vocal arts surrounded by other creative and enthusiastic musicians.

Open to high school students in grades 9 through 12, this Piano Workshop provides an exclusive opportunity for young artists to work with our distinguished piano faculty. The workshop offers a variety of expert instruction including 1-on-1 private piano lessons, peer observation in group class environment, sight-reading sessions, and masterclasses, as well as an opportunity to experience the art of collaborative piano. The week will conclude with a final recital featuring performances by all participants and celebrating their achievement.

New in 2024 – Overnight accommodations are now available! Visit the registration link for details.

05/20/2024

Exciting new music is streaming on our free 24/7 internet radio station, IEMMA Broadcast Network, including Mike Tomaro's new album "4 Seasons," "Take One" with Alex Price conducting the Recording Studio Ensemble in their live radio show, and Rachel Whitcomb's show "The Flame Within You: An Evening of Original Songs" will be rebroadcast in its entirety. Tune in at: duq.edu/IBN

The IEMMA Broadcasting Network (IBN) is the broadcast division of the Mary Pappert School of Music's Institute of Entertainment, Music and Media Arts (IEMMA) at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. The IBN is dedicated to providing quality programming, recorded and performed by the Mary Pappert School of Music community. The students and professors featured in these broadcast performances represent the dedication to excellence that is the standard at Duquesne University.

05/19/2024

Two Mary Pappert School of Music students were recognized at this year's Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium, held last month.

Kaytoya Ichoku (rising junior, B.M. Performance) won the Mary Pappert School of Music Undergraduate Research Award at the 2024 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium for her project "Sibelius Symphony No. 2: The Role of Weather and Climate in the Fight for Finnish Autonomy."

Eric Schaefer (B.A. Music, 2024) received an Honorable Mention for the Award for Undergraduate Research in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution at the 2024 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium for his project "Akir Ifkube's Godzilla main theme and its relationship to Japanese culture at the time."

Great work, Kaytoya and Eric!

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 05/18/2024

Our Summer Music Series gets started the week of June 24 – 28 with the Music Technology Summer Intensive and Summer Jazz Experience. Learn more and register today! duq.edu/SummerMusicSeries

Music Technology Summer Intensive

This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional recording and production environment with Grammy Award winning faculty. Immerse yourself in the inner workings of the studio and its operation during a recording session, and actively participate in tracking, overdubbing, editing and mixing.

Summer Jazz Experience

Spend five activity-filled days rehearsing, performing, and learning about jazz, America's indigenous art form, in this informal, non-threatening environment. Play and learn alongside members of Duquesne University's jazz faculty, which is comprised of the best jazz musician-educators in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. This camp is open to students grades 8–12 and college students, regardless of skill level.

This year, we are excited to offer overnight accommodations for the summer activities listed below. Overnight guests will enjoy an immersive on-campus experience that includes early arrival and a comprehensive meal plan. Participants will be closely supervised by current students of the Mary Pappert School of Music, providing opportunities for student-to-student connections and mentorship.

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 05/17/2024

Faculty Feature

Dr. Kevin Lee Sun, Assistant Professor of Piano and Dr. Rachel Whitcomb, Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Music Education have been awarded the Presidential Faculty Summer Writing Award grant for their respective forthcoming releases.

Sun's debut solo album, The People United, is set to release in September 2024 by Navona Records. Listen here: https://youtu.be/xGrCoXu_Nqk?si=mvVcJBy0zPwPYwBA

The first single written by Whitcomb, Can't Say Goodbye, is available now. More music will be released in the coming months. Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/2F30q3sD5B5tH7nHEl8cLa?si=23523c84dc1a4733

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 05/15/2024

On Friday, May 10, President Kenneth Gormley conferred the degrees of some 72 students at the Mary Pappert School of Music's Commencement Ceremony. Families and friends gathered in the Student Union Ballroom to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The day was also made special as Duquesne University honored jazz guitar legend and Pittsburgh native George Benson with an Honorary Doctorate. While Benson could not be at the Commencement ceremony to accept the award in person, President Gormley flew to his home in Arizona last month to officially confer the degree. While there, Gormley interviewed Benson about his Pittsburgh heritage, his career, and his advice to those graduating. A video of that dialogue, along with the conferral of the Honorary Doctorate, was produced and shown at the School of Music's Commencement ceremony.

Please join us in congratulating George Benson and the Mary Pappert School of Music class of 2024!

Watch President Gormley's Conversation with George Benson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCiGxX0EY_A

05/10/2024

Jesse Thompson graduates from Duquesne University today with his Master of Music in Performance. This marks Jesse’s third degree from the Mary Pappert School of Music, having completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2019 and an Artist Diploma in 2022. He has studied with Charles and Rachel Stegeman throughout his time here, and while we’re going to miss him, we already know he’s off to achieve his bigger goals. Jesse recently won a Fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami, where he will continue to prepare himself for orchestral and teaching positions.

Congrats, Jesse!

https://triblive.com/news/duquesne-students-journey-from-a-cracked-violin-to-masters-degree-fellowship/

05/09/2024

The Soundwalk in the Hill District was created by fifteen students from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, led by Assistant Professor of Music Nicole Vilkner and in partnership with community experts. It is exhibited in Frankie Mae Pace Park, an elevated public park in that sits between Bedford Avenue, Washington Plaza, and Centre Avenue, from spring 2024 to 2025.

https://www.duq.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/music/news/soundwalk-2024.php

05/07/2024

This Week at the Mary Pappert School of Music

Friday, 4:00 p.m. – Mary Pappert School of Music Spring Commencement | Live stream available at the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9bDDeGtP9E

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 05/03/2024

Congratulations to Libby Corbett and Kyle Chauvette (both music education Juniors) on winning the first and second prizes, respectively, of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education Scholarship! The Mary Pappert School of Music is an institutional member of the NFMC, making our students eligible for many scholarships including this one.

05/02/2024

WQED-TV, which worked to include Mary Pappert School of Music student performers, faculty, and staff and their involvement in the Violins of Hope Pittsburgh initiative, will air the special they produced, Violins of Hope, tonight (Thursday, May 2) at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV!

From infants onward, Hampton piano teacher shares joy of music 04/30/2024

Piano faculty member Mary Lynne Bennett is featured in this story on Trib LIVE

“I think one of the biggest things about a teacher being effective is continuing to learn,” she said. “I’m a lifelong student, because if I’m not continuing to explore more resources for my students and find more ways to reach them and motivate them, then I won’t be as effective of a teacher.”

From infants onward, Hampton piano teacher shares joy of music Beyond the basics of time signatures, sharps and flats, and treble and bass clefs is a whole world of teaching piano. Hampton resident Mary Lynne Bennett started giving lessons before she turned 20, and along with being a wife and mother of three, providing instruction continues as a primary focus.

04/30/2024

Today at the Mary Pappert School of Music

7:30 p.m. – Duquesne University Jazz Ensembles | Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation

For more information and events, visit duq.edu/MusicEvents

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 04/23/2024

Incoming Music Technology major Gennaro Santucci with Director of Music Admissions Tom Carsecka for Southwestern PA Career & Technology Education “Signing Day” at PNC Park. See you in the fall! Go Dukes!

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 04/23/2024

This Week at the Mary Pappert School of Music

Today, 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Chamber Groups | Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation

Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. – Recording Studio Ensemble | Live audio broadcast only on IEMMA Broadcast Network: duq.edu/IBN

Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Duquesne Opera Workshop: Gianni Schicchi | PNC Recital Hall

Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – Wind Ensembles | Power Center Ballroom

Next Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Duquesne University Jazz Ensembles | Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation

For more information and events, including student recitals, visit duq.edu/MusicEvents

04/19/2024

New Endowed Fund Created in Honor of Faculty Member

Now a Friend of the University, Dr. Wallace “Wally” Anderson is making a $25,000 pledge to establish an endowed resource fund in honor of his 8th grade music teacher—Dr. Edward Kocher (Duquesne Professor of Music), or “Mr. Kocher,” as he affectionately calls him.

More about this story: https://www.duq.edu/academics/colleges-and-schools/music/news/kocher-endowed-fund.php

Photos from Mary Pappert School of Music's post 04/16/2024

This Week at the Mary Pappert School of Music

Today, 7:30 p.m. – Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and Choirs | Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

Next Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Chamber Groups | Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation

For more information and events, including student recitals, visit duq.edu/MusicEvents

Duquesne Trumpet Studio Spring 2024 04/15/2024

4 days left – the Duquesne trumpet studio needs your help to make it to their performance in Anaheim, CA, at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in May!

Go to the following link before 12:00 a.m., April 20 to make this important and formative experience more accessible for the studio members.

Duquesne Trumpet Studio Spring 2024 Help Duquesne University raise $2,000 for the project: Duquesne Trumpet Studio Spring 2024. Your gift will make a difference!

Photos from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's post 04/15/2024

MPSoM brass faculty members Micah Wilkinson and Jim Nova played a great National anthem at the Pirates' Apr. 5 home opener game 🇺🇸🏟⚾️

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Programs of Study

The Mary Pappert School of Music offers a wide variety of degrees and programs at both the Undergraduate and the Graduate level. In addition, Post-baccalaureate Certifications are available in certain disciplines.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Business
Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy
Bachelor of Arts in Music

Graduate

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