Hyesoo Yoo, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, won the 2019 Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award, which is presented biennially in conjunction with the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. The primary purpose of the award is to recognize music education scholars who are producing high-quality research at early stages of their careers.
Yoo was recognized with a plaque and an honorarium of $500 for her submission titled “A Motivational Sequence Model of Students’ Intentions to Continue Participating in Music,” which she presented at the symposium, held February 6–9 in Tampa, Florida.
Alan Weinstein, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts, performed with the Kandinsky Trio and violist Ralph Fielding on February 10 at the Lynn Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Rotan, Florida. Included in the performance were trios by Schubert and Shostakovich and piano quartets by Mozart and Czerny.
Weinstein also gave a chamber music master-class for students at the conservatory.
Richard Masters, an assistant professor in the School of Performing Arts, published “For the Love of the Voice: Toward a New Generation of Coaches,” Singing: The Timeless Muse. Essays on the Human Voice, Singing, and Spirituality, compiled by Darlene Wiley (Gahanna, Ohio: Inside View Press, 2019), pp. 159–67.
The Virginia Tech String Project, under the direction of Molly Wilkens-Reed, an instructor in the School of Performing Arts, was awarded two grants: a Chamber Music Workshop Grant from the Associated Chamber Music Players to conduct a seven-week Adult String Chamber Music Intensive Program in 2019, and a Special Projects Grant from the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association to hold a World Beat Drumming Workshop for Virginia Tech String Project students.
Composer and violinist Charles Nichols, an assistant professor of composition and creative technologies in the School of Performing Arts, presented his composition, “Traffic SONATA,” for amplified violin, oud, and qanun, sonified traffic data, and traffic simulations on November 1 at the National Conference of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, which was held at the University of Georgia Center in Athens, Georgia.
The piece is a collaboration between Nichols, transportation engineer and oudist Monty Abbas, qanunist Anne Elise Thomas, and transportation engineer Qichao Wang.
School of Performing Arts faculty members Eric Lyon, an associate professor, and Ico Bukvic, also interim associate dean for graduate studies and research, along with Tanner Upthegrove, ICAT Media Specialist, presented three sets of live, immersive music on October 10 at Envelop SF, an immersive audio venue in San Francisco.
The Envelop Concert featured the following compositions by Lyon: “3D Stomp Fracture,” “NJ Honcho Wing,” “Coventry,” “From A to Z,” and “Wild Echos.” The music demonstrated spatialization techniques and software developed at Virginia Tech for use in the Cube.
Violinist and composer Charles Nichols, who is also an assistant professor of composition and creative technologies in the School of Performing Arts, premiered Badstar: A Concert of Immersive Audio and Video, an hour show in three movements inspired by fusion, old-time, and drone metal, for electric violin, electric banjo, electric guitar, electronic drums, and computers, with multiple projections of interactive processed video mapped to custom architecture.
The performance was a collaboration with banjoist and composer Holland Hopson, guitarist and composer André Foisy, drummer and music major Denver Nuckolls, video artist Zach Duer, and architect Jon Rugh. It took place October 11–13 in the 134.2 spatial audio system in the Cube of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.