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Newsletter Fall 2010

Notes From the Chair

Greetings from the Department of Music! As we begin the 2010 academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of our latest news, and to invite you to remain in touch with our department.

We are exceptionally proud of our alumni, and would like to extend a special congratulations to Kristina Grossmann—a 2008 graduate of our Music Industry program—who was named among Billboard magazine’s “30 Under 30.” Kristina has been recognized for her work with the nonprofit “Rock for Health,” which she founded as an assignment in an undergraduate class with Professor Richard Strasser. Remarkably, through this organization, more than 300 bands have secured health coverage. Kristina also works as an A&R coordinator at Universal Republic Records in New York, where she was previously employed as a co-op student.  We are thrilled that her hard work, talent, and entrepreneurship have been honored on such a high level.

Our department has continued to grow and thrive, with 422 majors and 69 minors as of this past year. Under the guidance of Co-op Director Craig Bettinson, our students pursue co-op placements in all aspects of the music business, including venues, marketing and promotion organizations, publishing and licensing companies, indie and major labels, artist management companies, production and sound companies, and industry journals/publications. In 2010, 165 music students participated in these co-ops, from Boston, to New York, to LA – and for the very first time, in Nashville.

Additionally, we are welcoming four new full-time faculty members to campus. Their wide-ranging areas of expertise include West African xylophone music; the Beatles; Arab popular music; sung poetry; music, culture and technology; and the rapidly evolving business of music. They will join the ranks among our 45 full- and part-time faculty members, specialists, and lecturers – many of whom you may have had in class.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading more about our faculty on page three of this newsletter.

We continue to expand our partnerships with the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory (NEC). Most recently, Northeastern music students could take a “world music” ensemble at the Boston Conservatory, while our own Professor Mike Frengel teaches electronic music history and music production for them. The department has collaborated with NEC in various ways, including a continuing student exchange program, joint concerts, and joint production of the Boston GuitarFest.

Finally, as of this July, the College of Arts and Sciences has been restructured into three new colleges: the College of Arts, Media and Design; the College of Science; and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. We are excited to embark upon a new adventure in the College of Arts, Media and Design, alongside the School of Architecture and the School of Journalism; the departments of Art + Design, Communication Studies, and Theatre; and interdisciplinary programs in Cinema Studies, Creative Industries, and the Media Training Studios.

Northeastern University has appointed Dr. Xavier Costa to be the founding dean of the new college. Dr. Costa, a world-renowned architect, joins Northeastern from Elisava Design School at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he served as the dean since 2002. In this role, he oversaw the development of a graduate school with 24 programs, including a doctoral program in design. Universities, foundations, and museums around the world seek Dr. Costa’s expertise. He has held academic positions at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North London; and served as a curator at La Biennale in Venice and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He holds MS degrees in architecture and historic preservation, as well as a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a professional degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a BA in art history from the Universitat de Barcelona.

This new, innovative college is an excellent development for the Department of Music. It will allow for new collaborations among departments, schools, and programs; create exciting opportunities for our students; and further promote arts and creativity as a significant part of the collective future of our University.

I hope that you enjoy reading about Professor Dennis Miller’s sabbatical in Ghana, the Afro-Caribbean Research Project, and the latest accomplishments of the Department of Music faculty.  As always, we would love to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any of your favorite professors in the department in order to keep us up to date on your accomplishments!

Anthony Paul De Ritis, PhD
Chair, Department of Music

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