Category Archives: MIT Faculty, Staff Musicians

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Claudia Von Canon

Claudia Von Canon (1923-2002) was born in Austria, and attended the Vienna Academy of Music, where she sang in the chorus under the noted conductor Ferdinand Grossmann, and studied harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm.  She was a vocal coach and harpsichordist for opera productions, and played chamber music.  At MIT she was Lecturer in Music from 1974-1991, teaching courses in musicianship, music history, as well as courses in Latin.  She was also the author of two historical novels.

Assisting with interview, 10/3/2001:
Lowell Lindgren, Professor of Music at MIT, joined the faculty in 1979. His research has focused on English and Italian opera and theater music. Subjects of courses taught include music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as American music.

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Barry Vercoe

Barry Vercoe (b. 1937) is Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Since 1985 he has been at the MIT Media Lab.  And from 1971 to 1985, was Professor of Music at MIT in the Department of Humanities. He is among the first generation of engineers in the field of computer music.  His achievements include creation of the widely influential Csound software and development of technology for real-time interactivity between live performers and computers.  He is also a composer of orchestral, choral, and chamber music as well as notable works combining computer generated sound and live acoustic instruments.

Assisting with interview, 8/19/2011:
Mark Ethier is CEO of iZotope, Inc., an audio technology company he co-founded in 2001. He is a 2001 graduate of MIT with degrees in computer science and music.

Assisting with interview, 4/24/2012:
Christopher Ariza was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at MIT, 2009-2012. He is a composer, software developer of musical tools for live electronics in algorithmic generative systems.

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Jamshied Sharifi

Jamshied Sharifi (b.1960) received an S.B degree in Humanities from MIT in 1983.  He played piano in the Festival Jazz Ensemble, directed by Herb Pomeroy, and also studied composition with Edward Cohen and Barry Vercoe.   After earning a degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music, he returned to MIT and directed the Festival Jazz Ensemble from 1985-1992.  Currently he is a keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer  in New York, His work includes music for feature films, two audio CD recordings, and commissioned works for the MIT Festival  Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Wind Ensemble.

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Brian Robison

Brian Robison (b.1964) was Assistant Professor of music composition at MIT from 2002-2006.  His teaching and creative work reflects his performing experience in a broad range of musical styles.  He has written orchestral, chamber and vocal music; recent works have drawn on his interest in the electric guitar, the theremin, and the vocalizations of non-human primates.

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Herb Pomeroy

Herb Pomeroy (1930-2007) was the founding director of MIT Concert and Festival Jazz Bands (1963-1985). He was a noted band leader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and music educator, teaching at the Berklee College of Music form 1955-1995. In his early career he played with the Lionel Hampton Band and Charlie Parker. The Herb Pomeroy Orchestra was an integral part of the New England jazz scene. His later years were devoted to solo and small ensemble performances. Three interviews: 12/14/1999, 4/5/2000, 4/26/2000

Assisting with interviews, 12/14/1999 and 4/5/2000:
Frederick Harris, Jr. has been the Music Director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Wind Ensemble since fall of 1999. He was a student of noted jazz drummer Alan Dawson. Herb Pomeroy was guest conductor of the FJE in 2000, 2003 and 2005. Beginning in 2008, the band has held an annual Herb Pomeroy memorial concert.

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Everett Longstreth

Everett Longstreth (b.1930) was director of the MIT Concert Jazz Band from 1968-1995.   He is a well-regarded trumpet player, arranger and leader of the Everett Longstreth Orchestra.  His credits include performances with bands led by Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy, and singers such as Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett. He has taught at the Boston Conservatory, Lowell State University and The New England Conservatory of Music.

Assisting with interview:
Frederick Harris, Jr. has been the Music Director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Wind Ensemble since fall of 1999. He was a student of noted jazz drummer Alan Dawson. Herb Pomeroy was guest conductor of the FJE in 2000, 2003 and 2005. Beginning in 2008, the band has held an annual Herb Pomeroy memorial concert.

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Stephen Erdely

Stephen Erdely is Professor Emeritus of Music at MIT, actively teaching from 1973-1991.  Among his teachers at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest were Zoltan Kodaly and Leo Weiner.   From 1951-1966 he played in Cleveland Orchestra under conductor George Szell.  He was among the first generation of scholars who defined the discipline of ethnomusicology.   In 1973 he joined the music faculty at MIT, teaching courses in ethnomusicology, Western classical music, theory, and musicianship.   A distinguished violinist, he performed for many years with his wife, concert pianist Beatrice Erdely.

 

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John Corley

John D. Corley (1919-2000) was founding Director and Conductor of the MIT Concert Band from 1948 to 1999, and conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra from 1955 to 1965.  He was a leader among conductors dedicated to performing music originally written for the concert band, giving Boston premieres of works by Copland, Hindemith, Schoenberg, and others.  A strong advocate for contemporary composers, over 50 new works were commissioned by him for the MIT Concert Band.   He had been a member of the Boston Brass Quartet, and was an active freelance trumpet player.  During World War II he served in the U.S. Army as Band Leader in Iceland.  From 1973 to 1980, he conducted the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and was Director of Music for the Brookline Massachusetts Public Schools from 1956 to 1973.  He also founded and directed the Boston Brass Ensemble.

Assisting with interview, 12/10/1999:
Frederick Harris, Jr. has been the Music Director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Wind Ensemble since fall of 1999. He was a student of noted jazz drummer Alan Dawson. Herb Pomeroy was guest conductor of the FJE in 2000, 2003 and 2005. Beginning in 2008, the band has held an annual Herb Pomeroy memorial concert.

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Jeanne Bamberger

Jeanne Bamberger (b. 1924) is Professor Emerita of Music and Urban Education at MIT.  She taught music theory and music cognition at MIT 1971-2005. A student of pianist Artur Schnabel, she has performed extensively as soloist and in chamber music ensembles.  She studied music theory with composers Ernst Krenek and Roger Sessions. Her research interests include musical development and learning in both children and adults. Among her many publications are the books The Mind Behind the Musical Ear (1995) and Developing Musical Intuitions (2000).

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Dante Anzolini

Dante Anzolini (b. 1959) was Associate Professor of Music at MIT 1998–2006, and conductor of the MIT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Currently, he is Music Director of the Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino Opera Theater, in La Plata, Argentina, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Linz Theater in Linz, Austria. In April 2008, and again in November 2011, he conducted the Metropolitan Opera in Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha. Along with performing standard symphonic and operatic repertoire, he is an advocate for contemporary music, and has a special interest in the works of Charles Ives.