College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music


Greetings from the Department of Music at Towson University.

This semester has seen a flurry of activity as the Department of Music has offered an exciting mix of concerts, master classes, and lectures.  We have greeted new friends, colleagues, and professors.  This fall we welcome new faculty members, Dr. Christopher Cicconi, Director of Bands, Dr. Jooeun Pak, Piano, and Dr. Patrick Cook, Voice.  Welcome one and all!

The Department of Music’s first Music Major for a Day was a resounding success.  Students and parents alike cited the friendliness of our faculty, the helpfulness of our student ambassadors, and the sheer joy of attending side-by-side rehearsals of our ensembles, learning from our artist faculty through master classes, and joining in the conversations taking place in music history, theory, and technology courses.  Highlights of this semester include Leneida Crawford’s recital with Susan Ricci and Carl Schmidt. The September concert, titled A Celebration of Collaboration featured the premiere of a viola composition by Professor Jonathan Leshnoff.  Cecylia Barczyk teamed with Susan Issacs of the Department of Art/Art & Design/Art History for a performance of music by Arab composers.  A Guest Artist Recital with Dave Liebman of NEA fame drew a large crowd. Dave Ballou, trumpet, performed, along with Michael Formanek and Devin Gray.  Jazz Vocals Professor Sara Jones took to the stage for an enchanting evening of song with the Jazz Faculty Ensemble. Dr. Terry Ewell hosted a successful Bassoon Day; several commented that they had never seen so many bassoonists assembled in once place! Making headlines in Student News, percussion major Jack Barry was recognized by the Honors College for his capstone project.  Appearing in the photo above are the Henry Sanborn Music Competition Winners for 2015: Kristianna Cobb, pianist, and Meghan McGinty, mezzo-soprano.  Congratulations to all! As always, send us your news, critical feedback on our programs, and join us when you can.

Eileen M. Hayes, Chair






Quintigre in Concert
In the fall Quintigre performed works by Blumer, Steinmetz, and Piazzolla. From left to right, professors Terry Ewell, James Logan, Sara Nichols, Fatma Daglar, and Jason Ayoub.




Professor Lee Mills conducted the symphony orchestra in a rousing performance of Dvořák's New World Symphony. In spring 2014 the symphony collaborates with Music for the Stage for a performance of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart.




TU President Dr. Maravene Loeschke joins the Marching Band in Frisco, Texas for the Eastern Division Championship football game against the North Dakota State Bison in January 2014.




In 2013, conductor Arian Khaefi, Director of Choral Activities at Towson University, was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, a chamber ensemble which frequently appears with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In December, the HCB performed Handel’s Messiah with period orchestra. Dr. Aaron Zeigel delivered the pre-concert lecture.



BSO Premieres Leshnoff's Guitar Concerto
Faculty and friends join Professor Jonathan Leshnoff for a

post concert reception following the performance of his

work  at the Meyerhoff in Januaray. Leshnoff is joined by (from left to right) Bill Murray, Eileen M. Hayes, Stanley Max, Dean Susan Picinich, Carl B. Schmidt and Elizabeth Schmidt.







Poulenc's Babar and Carl Schmidt

In summer 2013, Carl B. Schmidt performed Poulenc’s Babar with pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo at theRichmond, VA Children’s Museum and for the Richmond Chamber Players’ Summer Interlude Series.One review noted that “Carl Schmidt was an avuncular storyteller in ‘Babar,’ and informative without getting too deeply into scholarly weeds in his introductions.” The Richmond Times Dispatchwrote: “The Babar set . . . proved especially illuminating. It was serious fun, with the composer capturing, invivid musical prose, the story’s sights and sounds.”





Professor Jim McFalls, trombonist, is featured on a recent recording of The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal quartet, which released its first holiday CD, titled Let It Snow, in October. McFalls was part of the big band that is featured on 4 of the 13 tracks on the recording.





Towson Faculty Brass Quintet

The Towson Brass Quintet presents a recital of exciting brass compositions on April 8, 2014. Performers include faculty members Luis Engelke and Rene Hernandez, trumpet; Jason Ayoub, horn; Natalie Manix, trombone; Michael Bunn, tuba. TU faculty regulary perform with the area's top ensembles.




The New Music Ensemble at Towson presented an evening of electro-acoustic improvisations by composer-improvisers Curtis Bahn and Thomas Ciufo in fall of 2013. This concert featured interactive electronic music performances by Bahn and Ciufo, who design, build, and perform on computer extended instruments. Custom instruments included the eSitar, eDilruba, the eighth nerve hybrid electric guitar, a collection of flutes and percussion instruments, as well as a prepared physical / digital piano.




Professor Dave Ballou (last row, third from left) performs with the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble at the Wien Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria in February 2014. The week long tour included concerts in Budapest, Hungary; Zagreb, Croatia; Munich, Germany; and Genova, Switzerland.



Dr. Patrick Roulet's collection Beatles for Vibraphone was recently published by Hal Leonard.










Professor Cecylia Barczyk premiered works by renowned contemporary Cuban composer, Jorge Lopez Marin, at Towson University and in Cuba with the Santa Clara Philharmonic Orchestra. In a recital held in January, she broke with the tradition and performed an enthusiastically received concert of classical music on an electric cello.


Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841

Link to U.S. News Best Colleges


The U.S. News & World Report 2013 America’s Best Colleges guide ranks Towson University 10th in the Top Public Regional Universities (North) category.







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