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RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Our faculty and students engage in research and creative work that ranges from performances at the Kennedy Center to masterclasses in local schools, and from international conferences to community-centered workshops. Our scholarship results in recordings, articles, books and editions that reveal music’s beauty and complexity.

As individuals and in teams, our faculty perform across the globe, provide new research frameworks, engage students, explore archives and more. As performers, educators, composers and scholars, we create new knowledge and contribute to UMD's research enterprise.

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Andrea Brown Presents Clinics at National Conferences

Andrea Brown (conducting & ensembles) has presented three different clinics at various conferences in the past six months.

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Lead: Andrea Brown
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Andrea Brown (conducting & ensembles) has presented three different clinics at various conferences in the past six months. In May, she presented “Mentoring Female Leaders” at the CBDNA Athletic Band Directors Conference in Seattle, WA. In August, she presented “Using Technology to Improve Kinesthetic Skill Learning & Confidence of Music Conductors” at the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference in Sydney, Australia. In November, she presented “Yes, It Matters! Moving to Match What We Teach and Hear” at the VMEA In-Service Conference in Hot Springs, VA.

Annapolis Opera Has Named Craig Kier as the New Artistic and Music Director

Annapolis Opera and its Board of Trustees announced today that Maestro Craig Kier will become the company's next Artistic and Music Director.

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Lead: Craig Kier
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Annapolis Opera and its Board of Trustees announced today that Maestro Craig Kier will become the company's next Artistic and Music Director. Craig Kier will succeed Ronald J. Gretz, who announced his retirement in February 2019 after serving as Artistic Director of the Annapolis Opera for 37 years. Kier will assume his role on July 1, 2020 and opens the Annapolis Opera 2020-2021 season conducting Giacomo Puccini's La bohème. Kier will continue to serve as the director of the School of Music's Maryland Opera Studio alongside his new role.

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Chris Gekker wins at The American Prize

Chris Gekker's (trumpet) CD "Ghost Dialogues" with Divine Art Records won 2nd place in the solo artist category at The American Prize.

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Lead: Chris Gekker
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On October 3, The American Prize announced the award winners for 2018-19. Chris Gekker's (trumpet) CD "Ghost Dialogues" with Divine Art Records won 2nd place in the solo artist category. Also featured on the CD are Rita Sloan (piano) and Chris Vadala (tenor saxophone). Composers represented include Robert Gibson (composition) and alumnus Kevin McKee ’06 (M.M. trumpet).

Ethnomusicology Faculty Member Delivers Paper on the Racialization of Romanies

Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1.

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Lead: Siv B. Lie
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Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1. The paper, titled "Django in Paris: Curating Patrimony, Acoustic Territory, and Ethnoracial Marginality," explored the racialization of Romanies in a museum exhibition and was part of a panel called "The Guitar in History." She also participated in a roundtable titled "Ambivalent Populisms: Musical Politics and Policy in Contemporary Europe" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology on November 7. Her contribution, "Cultural Activism's Living Legacies," explored the musical and activist history of a pro-Romani nonprofit in France.

Exploring Links Between Arts Education and Academic Outcomes in the International Baccalaureate

An interdisciplinary research team is exploring the relationship between arts education and college student outcomes.

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$600,000, 2-year Arts in Education Research Grant


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Principal Investigator: Kenneth Elpus, associate professor of music education

Co-Principal Investigator: Stephanie Prichard, assistant professor of music education

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to explore the relation between rigorous, high quality arts education in high school and academic outcomes at the high school and postsecondary levels. Prior research on the association between arts education and academic outcomes has yielded mixed results, possibly due to wide variation in the definitions of arts education and the academic measures used by researchers. In this study, the research team will analyze a novel administrative dataset that overcomes those weaknesses to establish the relationship between arts education and academic achievement.

Project Activities: The research team will examine the academic achievement outcomes for students who chose to enroll in arts courses compared to those who did not for ten cohorts of American students who pursued courses from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, using data provided by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Additionally, they will link IB data to data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to compare postsecondary outcomes for arts and non-arts IB students. Finally, they will see if their findings from the IB dataset replicate using data from the Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center for students in the public high schools of Maryland.

Products: The research team will produce preliminary evidence of the potential for arts education to improve high school and postsecondary academic outcomes. In addition, they will produce peer-reviewed publications in arts education and general education research journals, host in-service workshops for arts educators; participate in annual meetings for arts educators and policymakers; publish articles in education practitioner journals and magazines; publish blog posts and op-ed articles on platforms intended to reach the general public; and communicate about these products through various social media platforms.

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Patrick Warfield Published in Eighteenth-Century Music

Patrick Warfield (musicology) published Sounds to Establish a Corps: The Origins of the United States Marine Band, 1798-1804 in the journal Eighteenth-Century Music.

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Lead: Patrick R. Warfield
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Patrick Warfield (musicology) published Sounds to Establish a Corps: The Origins of the United States Marine Band, 1798-1804 in the journal Eighteenth-Century Music. This is the first in a series of articles exploring the history of the nation's oldest musical organization.

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School of Music Faculty Published in Musical Quarterly

William Robin's (musicology) article, "Horizons ’83, Meet the Composer, and New Romanticism’s New Marketplace," was recently published in the journal Musical Quarterly.

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Lead: William Robin
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William Robin's (musicology) article, "Horizons ’83, Meet the Composer, and New Romanticism’s New Marketplace," was recently published in the journal Musical Quarterly. Drawing on archival research, the article explores the ramifications of the New York Philharmonic's 1983 Horizons festival, and its theme of New Romanticism, on the world of contemporary composition.

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SOM Faculty Gives Keynote Lecture at Chinese Musicology Conference

Barbara Haggh-Huglo (musicology) gave one of three invited keynote lectures with translation into Chinese at a triennial Chinese musicology conference on Western music at the China Conservatory in Beijing on November 9.

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Lead: Barbara H. Haggh-Huglo
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Barbara Haggh-Huglo (musicology) gave one of three invited keynote lectures with translation into Chinese at a triennial Chinese musicology conference on Western music at the China Conservatory in Beijing on November 9. During her stay in Beijing, she taught a graduate seminar class on Western plainchant and Parisian polyphony of the thirteenth century and attended some sessions of a conference on arts management education also held at the China Conservatory.