Category: CFA

A conversation with Maestro Bramwell Tovey

New conductor talks joining the School of Music, expressing deep human narratives through conducting, and getting down to the music. Spark Volume 3, Issue 2 | by Emily White   Spark spoke with renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey, who joined Boston University as Director of Orchestral Activities this fall. Since 2000 he has served as Music Director […]

BU Alumnus Wins Illustrious Julius Herford Prize

Michael Driscoll (DMA Choral Conducting 2016), has received the illustrious Julius Herford Prize from the American Choral Director’s Association. His dissertation was entitled “Jan Dismas Zelenka’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ Settings Within the Context of the Dresden Hofkapelle,” and comments from the prize selection committee included ‘well-documented and to-be-applauded reasoning” and “a model of outstanding research and […]

Categories: Alumni News, Conducting, Music

Renowned Pianist, Martha Argerich, Visits Boston University

This past Monday Boston University School of Music had the extraordinary privilege of hosting renowned pianist Martha Argerich in a private master class with about a dozen of our piano performance majors. Arranged by department chair Gila Goldstein, Ms. Argerich listened to students from each teaching studio, and gave generous comments to the assembled group […]

Categories: Music, Piano

Professor Emeritus Joseph Gifford Passed Away on September 12

“Life is the eternal spring.”  Joseph Gifford May 14, 1920 – September 12, 2017 Dancer, Teacher, World Traveler, Author and Spiritualist Joseph Gornbein Gifford passed away at age 97 of natural causes in September. Born May 14, 1920 in Niagara Falls, New York and raised in Michigan, Joe lived most of his life in New […]

Categories: Theatre

Fall Visit Day

Friday | October 6 + 27 Choose a day to spend with us this fall! From student panels to faculty perspectives to the application process, learn more about Boston University at the morning sessions starting at 8:30am. Visit us at the College of Fine Arts starting at 11am. Don’t forget to check out the dining […]


Studying the (Body) Language of Music

Originally published by BU Today. Samuel Kelder’s bow glides across the strings of his viola as his six-foot frame sways to the rhythm of Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major. His body is loose, almost elastic, as he performs the prelude, coaxing his instrument through the complex arrangement with his eyes closed. Acquiring the […]

Categories: Alumni News, Music, Strings
Schools: Music

Minimalism Made Monumental

Reflection on an immersive CFA trip to Marfa. Spark Volume 3, Issue 1 | by Logen Zimmerman Hollywood is a metonym for the film industry, and the art installation/ town of Marfa, Texas could well be for minimalist art. While the reputation of the former exceeds that of the latter, both contain elements of fiction […]

Categories: Visual Arts