The start of a new year brings additional recognition and awards for UT faculty, staff, and students: Music student named Marshall Scholar; Assistant Art Professor receives a Creative Capital Award; History professor honored with the James Henry Breasted Prize; Distinguished Professor of Anthropology receives the Patty Jo Watson Award; Nuclear engineering doctoral students recognized for outstanding scientific excellence; Four student researchers from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science received awards at SC20; Child and Family Studies doctoral candidate awarded the Wesley Burr Graduate Student Scholarship. Continue reading
String Project Brings Private Lessons to Inner-City Kids
Geoffrey Herd’s passion for the violin is infectious. His enthusiasm has attracted students from China, Thailand, and throughout the United States to study at the University of Tennessee. But now he is sharing his love of string instruments a little closer to home. Continue reading
Recognitions, October 28
The week of Halloween brings; UT Alumna named Tennessee Teacher of the Year; psychology professor honored with lifetime achievement award; recent UT graduate wins Global Undergraduate Award; veterinary cardiologist receives national award; MABE associate professor named ASME fellow; EECS student is top fellowship/scholarship student in computer science; UT student awarded the 2020 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise in Research. Continue reading
Recognitions, November 13
At 46, in the midst of a successful career as a commercial musician, music director, teacher, and performer, Dennis Belisle decided to enroll in UT’s School of Music to pursue a new dream—being a composer.
He completed a bachelor’s degree in sacred music in spring 2018 and immediately began working on his Master of Music degree in composition degree with a theory pedagogy certificate.
Belisle graduates in December, and he’s wrapping up his studies on a very high note: members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform his musical compositions during a special concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15, at the Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
Belisle received the inaugural Robert W. Pedersen Memorial Research Award to fund the performance. Pedersen, a UT alumnus, left money to the university in an endowment earmarked “for awards for outstanding performance by students and/or faculty.”
Variego Publishes Book on Mathematics in Music Creation
Jorge Variego, lecturer and adjunct assistant professor of music theory and composition, explores the connections between musical composition, science, and technology in his new book, Composición Algorítmica.
The book features a series of interviews with current composers such as David Cope, Roger Dannenberg, and Rodrigo Sigal, among others. Variego analyzes works from a perspective focused on different paradigms of composing, placing emphasis on the systems of rules, procedures, and instructions found within each system. He then explains and applies those systems in concrete examples.
Variego describes his book as, “address[ing] problems linked to historical evolution, analysis and the concrete application of algorithmic processes in musical composition.”
Variego was one of seven recipients of the 2017 Undergraduate Faculty Research Mentor of the Year Award. He received the top award in the Humanities division in the College of Arts and Sciences. Variego was also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed a number of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe, and South America.
Composición Algorítmica was published by Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, and is now available here.
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