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The Ph.D./D.M.A. Programs in Music March 6, 2008, 7:30 p.m. Baisley Pow ell Elebash Recital Hall

The CUNY Graduate Center

Composers’ Alliance Quartet for flute, clarinet, violin & cello Nicole Camacho, flute Eduardo Lopez-Dabdoub, clarinet Andie Springer, violin Rose Bellini, cello

Amy Jisun Ahn

Distant Fanfares

David Salvage

Right Hand Study #1 Fun in A

Ross Stephens

David Salvage, piano

Ross Stephens, guitar

Trio Xalapa Mutante

Nicole Camacho, flute Rose Bellini, cello Mia Elezovic, piano

Deviation I

Roberto Barnard Baca

John Wykoff

John Wykoff, piano

Improvisation John Wykoff & Cynthia Lee Wong, piano

A Little Vernacular

John Wykoff & Cynthia Lee Wong Casey Hale

Nicole Camacho, flute Eduardo Lopez-Dabdoub, clarinet Mia Elezovic, piano

Please switch off your cell phones and refrain from taking flash pictures.


Program Notes Distant Fanfares was written in 2003 and was to be the first movement of a two-movement piano sonata. The second movement has never quite been finished, but I do think the first can stand alone. David Salvage Right Hand Study #1 I am often fascinated by what composers designate as "Studies" or "Etudes." Some studies sound like their name implies while others are truly great pieces even if they were devoid of any pedagogical purpose. In the guitar repertoire the etude's golden era (in my opinion) was the late Classical Period when the studies were written sometimes entirely based on one sole technique that was stressed. With this in mind Right Hand Study #1 harkens back to this devotion to unique technical emphasis. The Study utilizes the right hand finger pattern (123432) 100% of the duration of this work. Fun In A is a crazy piece. It starts out simply enough as I was attempting to write a highly publishable composition that was easily playable by anyone at the college level. However, over the course of composing the music mandated otherwise. Fun In A is very Symphony and Concerto inspired. In it many of my influences can be heard, including but not limited to Mahler, Van Halen, Bill Evans, and Mauro Giuliani. Ross Stephens Three Deviations (2001) takes the crayon and construction paper to some well known (and well played) works by the masters. There are no secret messages, no hidden systems - just a little indulgent fun. The idea comes from Satie's Sonatine Bureaucratique, in which he turns a Clementi sonatina inside-out. John Wykoff

Composer Bios Composer Amy Jisun Ahn is in the PhD program at CUNY where she studies composition with Dr. Bruce Saylor. She completed the MA program at Queens College in compostion, and frequently performs as a pianist. Her work has performed by the Cygnus ensemble, ICE, and the Second Instrumental group. She is particulary interested in post-romantic style, jazz idioms, and film music, as well as in writing and foreign languages. David Salvage holds degrees from Harvard and the Manhattan School of Music and is the managing editor of Sequenza21.com. Currently finishing up a GTF at Brooklyn College, he received last Fall an ASCAP Plus Award. Ross Stephens is in the DMA Performance program at CUNY where he studies guitar with Oren Fader. Previously, Mr. Stephens taught band and general music for the City of Poughkeepsie School District and guitar at SUNY New Paltz. He obtained his BM and MM degrees from SUNY Potsdam where he was a graduate assistant. Mahler's first symphony has been the only cassette played in his car stereo for the past 8 months. Roberto Barnard Baca is a composer of chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music. A MexicanAmerican dual national, he was born in Morelia, growing up both there and in Seattle, Wash. He is currently wrapping up a doctorate in music composition at CUNY Graduate Center, with a dissertation on the String Quartets of Silvestre Revueltas and the score Jugalbandi for orchestra. His works have been performed in Mexico, Canada, France, UK, and Belgium. Recent conference presentations include Sistema y transformación at the “II Coloquio Internacional de Análisis de Arte” at the Universidad de Guadalajara, México; La música como instrumento de acercamiento al hombre y a su época at the Facultad de Historia there; and a concert at the University


of Veracruz. Lic. in Music Comp. from the Conservatorio de Las Rosas, Morelia; M.M. Universidad Veracruzana at Xalapa; ABD CUNY Graduate Center. www.barnardbaca.com John Wykoff is a composition student at the Graduate Center. His direct ancestor is Peter Clausen Wyckoff, whose original Dutch farmhouse is now a museum in Brooklyn, but into which John must pay admission anyway. Near the farmhouse is an old Dutch Reformed Church, the pulpit of which, according to an inscription, is planted directly above John's decaying ancestor. In the church's small cemetery can be found the worn gravestones of several centuries of decaying Dutch descendents, including about half a dozen John Wykoff's. John feels a certain confining omen in the fact, and often wonders if anything can be done to prevent him from spending his decaying centuries there - but the feeling rarely comes out in his music. Cynthia Lee Wong has received international acclaim as a unique and promising personality among the new generation of composers. Her music has been performed in Spain, France, Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, and the United States. Commissioned twice by musica viva and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she has received praise for her "shamelessly-beautiful" music as well as her devotion toward "not only the avant-garde audience, but all classical enthusiasts or indeed all music lovers" (S眉ddeutsche Zeitung). Past orchestral commissions include works for New Juilliard Ensemble and the Cincinnati CollegeConservatory Orchestra. Her most recent commission, Songs of Gernika, is dedicated to her Basque friend Irantzu Agirre, who premiered the work on February 23, 2008 at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall. Wong is a graduate of the accelerated Bachelor-Master program at the Juilliard School. She studied composition with Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, and Larry Bell as well as piano with Tatyana Dudochkin and Martin Canin. In 2006, she joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Currently, Wong is a Chancellor's Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she studies with David Del Tredici. Casey Hale is a composer and guitarist. He received his MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Margaret Brouwer and Zhou Long, and his BA from Bard College, where he studied with Joan Tower. He has been commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Igni Vox Productions, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and has had additional premieres by the American Symphony Orchestra and the Da Capo Chamber Players. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2002 Jerome Composers Commissioning Program from the American Composers Forum, and has been a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Lee Hyla, and at the Brevard Music Center with John Beall. As an instrumentalist, he has performed repertoire from the 15th century to the present, playing guitar and lute as a soloist and with ensembles both small and large, including an appearance with the American Symphony Orchestra. He currently lives in New York, where he studies with Tania Le贸n while pursuing his doctoral candidacy at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Performer Bios Cellist Rose Bellini performs a wide variety of classical music, including traditional, amplified, improvisational, and experimental. She works with numerous established and emerging composers, and has premiered many new works. Recently, Rose has been heard with groups such as REDSHIFT, Ensemble Pamplemousse, TACTUS, and Astoria Symphony in venues from Monkeytown to Symphony Space to Carnegie Hall. Rose studied at Indiana University under Janos Starker, where she is currently an ABD doctoral candidate. By day, Rose is the Assistant Director of Development for New York's own Orchestra of St. Luke's. For more information, please visit rosebellini.com Flutist Nicole Camacho is currently a masters student at the Manhattan School of Music in the new Contemporary Performance Program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Hofstra University and will link the two degrees by giving workshops which present both music of the present and that of the past in public schools. Nicole Camacho has studied with Linda Wetherill and Patricia Spencer, and is currently a student of Tara O' Connor.


Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Mia Elezovic was enrolled in Zagreb Music School in the class of Blazenka Zoric and later at Music Academy Zagreb with Zvjezdana Basic. After graduating in 1995 (at age of 19), she moved to Vienna, where she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Wien with Hans Petermandl between 19951997. In 1997, she moved to Frankfurt/Main for “Aufbaustudium” with Herbert Seidel. At the same time she was a student of the master program at Music Academy in Zagreb with Zvjezdana Basic, where she received her MA degree in 2001. Meanwhile, she worked in master classes with a variety of international teachers, including S. Bishop-Kovachevich, E. Picht-Axenfeld, H. Nakamura, O. Yablonskaja, L. Hokanson, J. Perry, J. F. Antonioli, J. Rose, J. O´Conor, D. Pollack, M. Suk (also chamber music-classes: Lee Fiser, Mauro Guindani). She finished her “Aufbaustudium” in Frankfurt in the winter 2001/2002. Ms. Elezovic has performed in concerts internationally, giving solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, Spain and the United States. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, The Croatian Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra “Gaudeamus” under conductors MO Kazushi Ono, Pavle Despalj, Ralphe Pascal, Petar Skerjanec, Zlatan Srzic. She has also appeared with notable success on radio and television in Croatia and Germany. Her first public performance was at the age of 8 and her debut with orchestra at age of 15. She leads a very active musical life participating in various festivals as Hamamatsu Music Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Holland Music Session, International Keyboard Festival-New York, Meranofest, Las Vegas Music Festival and participated in projects in chamber music with Geoffry Wharton (concert master in Köln Philharmonic Orchestra) in the period from 1996-1999 as famous as the Zagreb Guitar Trio. She is a prizewinner at prestigious national and international competitions, including First Prize in Zagreb, Croatia (Croatian-Japanese Piano Competition) 1991 as First Prize in Moncalieri, Italy 1992 ; the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy 1992. She was finalist at the International Piano Competition in Kobe, Japan 1996, and a semi-finalist at “Seiler Piano Competition” in Kitzingen, Germany., 1999. In the year 1996, Mia Elezovic won 1st prize in the Darko Lukic Music Competition, in Zagreb, Croatia and at the same time the award from Croatian Composers Society ( Ms. Elezovic was the second winner of both prizes at the same time in the last 20 years), which gave her a possibility of the concert in the new season. She gained the Rector Prize at University in Zagreb, Croatia 1995 for the concert tour in Japan as well as Da-Ponte Foundation Award in Germany. 2001. Ms. Elezovic was scholarships holder of Rom-Foundation in the period between 1994-1996, Soros Foundation in the year 1996 and 1997, Rotary Club Germany,1999-2000 and Ministry for Culture in Croatia, in the year 2002 and 2003. She has worked with Croatian composer Ruben Radica, presenting his chamber music on CD with Zagreb Guitar Trio at International Music Biennale -Festival of Contemporary Music (which was released in 2001). In the Spring 2004, Ms.Elezovic was invited from the Japanese government for 10-months training in Japan (June 2004- March 2005). She is researching the field of Japanese contemporary music for piano at Showa Music Academy. Since April 2005 she has been a Faculty member of Kyoto University for Music and Art as well of the British School in Tokyo. In the summer 2005, Ms.Elezovic was invited to be a member of faculty at Terra Magica Music Festival in Porec, Croatia, where she was teaching and performing. In February 2006, she got an invitation, after winning an audition, to be a piano-soloist member in the Spanish National Ensemble for Contemporary Music in Madrid. Andie Springer is a passionate and versatile musician. Originally from Alaska, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in violin performance at Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of Prof. Andres Cardenes, and a Master of Music in violin performance at New York University with Prof. Arturo Delmoni. Ms. Springer's music has taken her across the globe- from touring Alaska and Canada with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra to performing Sarasate's "Navarra" with the Neue Philharmonie in Westfalen, Germany. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and her solo playing has been broadcast on stations WQED FM and KUAC FM. Springer has also co-founded new music ensembles Redshift and TRANSIT, and worked with musicians and composers such as Bang on a Can, Cort Lippe, Todd Reynolds, Eric Lyon and Lenny Pickett.


Concert Office 212-817-8607 phd-dmaconcert@gc.cuny.edu

Baisley Pow ell Elebash Recital Hall

UPCOMING EVENTS Spring 2008 March April 12 City of the World: Women Innovators 8 Eunjoo Chung, piano in Afro-Caribbean Music and Dance 10 Music in Midtown (1:00pm) The evening will commence 10 Sun Young Park, piano with the beautiful harmonies of Yaya, an 14 Fernando Hashimoto, percussion all-female music collective who perform 16 City of the World: Ozan Aksoy Trio traditional Afro-Puerto Rican bomba. with The CUNY Middle Eastern Music Dancer Awilda Sterling-Duprey will join Ensemble Yaya as an honored guest. Ase Dance 30 Julia Grella O’Connell, soprano Theater Collective will conclude the

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evening with a variety of high energy, original folkloric dance pieces inspired by traditions spanning both Haiti and Puerto Rico.

David Shimoni, piano Music in Midtown (1:00pm): Dariusz Terefenko: The Art of Improvisation Chiu-Yuan Chen, clarinet Elizabeth Bell, soprano

May 6 Ross Stephens, guitar 7 Contemporary Music Ensemble 8 Music in Midtown (1:00pm) 8 Roz Woll, soprano 12 Marcel Rominger, piano 15 City of the World: Zikrayat Celebrates the Egyptian Movie Musical 20 Composers’ Alliance 22 Brooke Bryant, soprano

All concerts and events are FREE and begin at 7:30pm, unless otherwise indicated above. For more information contact the Concert Office or visit our website at: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/Music/events/concerts/html

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