Faculty

Daniel A. Weymouth ( link | email )

Daniel A. Weymouth's work has been described as "power-color" music. As far as "color" goes, he is a confessed lover of sound(s) - just about any kind of sound. This has led to a fascination with electroacoustic music, and experience ranging from a summer spent at Stanford's CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) to two years in Paris working at two computer-music facilities, IRCAM and Iannis Xenakis' CEMAMu. The "power" half, along with other aspects - the music's compact scale, density and pace, although probably not its harmonic language - most likely come from his ten years spent as an itinerant musician on the road, playing jazz, rock, disco (!), rhythm & blues and funk in clubs, concerts and studios.

He has composed for a wide variety of ensembles, using both standard and electronic instruments, including computer-interactive ones. He is a founding member of NAME (New American Music in Europe) and has been a Composer-in-Residence at Christopher Newport University, the University of Missouri, Kansas City and several times at the Lüneburg, Germany, Internationalen Studienwoche für zeitgenössische Musik. Commissions have come from the Lüneburg New Music Ensemble, the Ensemble des Deux Mondes, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, the Guild Trio and Duo Diorama, as well as numerous performers, theaters and dance companies. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States and appear on the SEAMUS and New World Record labels as well as with MIT Press.

Dan continues to be an active conductor. He has led numerous ensembles, including Neue Musik Lüneburg, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and Stony Brook's Contemporary Chamber Players.

For education, encouragement and enlightenment Dan likes to acknowledge Jere Hutcheson, H. Owen Reed and Charles Ruggiero at Michigan State University and Richard Felciano, Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1989, he has been on the Composition faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he is also Chair of the Music Department. He shares his Long Island home with his wife, their two daughters, two guinea pigs and a semi-crazed schnauzer.


Margaret Anne Schedel ( link | email )

Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media. Her works have been performed throughout the United Stated and abroad. While working towards a DMA in music composition at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, her interactive multimedia opera, A King Listens, premiered at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and was profiled by apple.com. She is working towards a certificate in Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and has studied composition with Mara Helmuth, Cort Lippe and McGregor Boyle. She serves as the musical director for Kinesthetech Sense and sits on the boards of the BEAM Foundation, the Electronic Music Foundation Institute, the International Computer Music Association, the New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization, and Organised Sound. Her chapter "Electronic Music and the Studio" was recently published in the Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music. Her work has been supported by the Presser Foundation, Centro Mexicano para la Música y les Artes Sonoras, and Meet the Composer. As an Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she is Co-Director of Computer Music and a core faculty member of cDACT, the consortium for digital art, culture and technology.


Daria Semegen ( link | email )

Daria Semegen is a composer of instrumental, vocal and electronic music. As a recognized authority on electronic music composition, she has been the subject of many articles and several dissertations including A. E. Hinkle-Turner's doctoral dissertation "Daria Semegen: A Study of the Composer's Life", Work and Music (University of Illinois-Urbana). Semegen's writings on creative process, esthetics and pedagogy have been published in the U.S. and abroad. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, in mixed-media workshops at the Rochester Institute of Technology, at Yale and Columbia Universities and in Warsaw, Poland as a Fulbright fellow. She taught at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center from 1971-1975 and was a sound engineer at the Collection of World Music (Columbia University) working with field recordings of native musics from many continents. Her awards include six National Endowment for the Arts grants, two BMI awards, two awards from Yale University, a National Chamber Music Competition prize, an ISCM International Electronic Music Competition prize; fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood and Chautauqua; a Pennsylvania Institute for the Arts & Humanistic Studies award; and the 1994 Alumni Achievement Award from Eastman School of Music. Prof. Semegen was the first woman awarded a McKim Commission from the Library of Congress. Recordings of her music include Rhapsody (for Yamaha MIDI grand piano), Electronic Composition No. 1; Arc (electronic/dance); Spectra, Music for Violin Solo; Jeux de Quatres.. Other works include Arabesque (electronic), Vignette (piano), Elegy-Caprice (toy piano- for J.Cage) , Epicycles (electronic/dance); Triptych (orchestra), Dans la Nuit (baritone & orchestra), Lieder (soprano & ensemble); virtuoso solo works including violin, contrabass and clarinet solos.

During 1990-1999 Daria Semegen was commissions coordinator for the World Premieres Concert series presented by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players (CCP) at Stony Brook and in New York City. She helped to establish the World Premieres Concert as an annual event in collaboration with the group's directors, distinguished performing artists Raymond DesRoches and Gilbert Kalish. She is author of the CCP Web pages.

Staff

Andy Nittoli

Electrical Engineer specializing in Audio Engineering and Cinema and Video systems. Principal research interest in loudspeaker design and electroacoustics with an emphasis on measurement and correction of loudspeaker/room interactions. Developed standardized family of equalization curves to achieve flat acoustical EQ in all types of spaces. Design of advanced Cinema and Video exhibition systems.

Studio TAs

Stephen Lee ( link )

Stephen Lee (b. 1982) is a composer of electronic, electroacoustic, and acoustic music who lives on Long Island, NY. He is especially interested in interactive music and laptop improvisation, and the notion of human/computer interaction strongly influences all facets of his work. He teaches Max/MSP and has created a wide array of Max patches for laptop improvisation, synthesis, analog hardware emulation, and other applications.

Since March 2006, he has hosted "Under the Groove" a biweekly radio show on WUSB Stony Brook, 90.1 FM. The show is every other Friday night/Saturday morning from midnight until 3 AM Eastern Time. The show can be heard from anywhere in the world by going to www.wusb.fm and clicking on the streaming webcast.

Stephen is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in composition at Stony Brook University, where he has studied with Margaret Schedel, Daniel Weymouth, and Daria Semegen.


Phil Salathé ( link )

Phil Salathé (b. 1976) spent his formative musical years playing jazz trumpet, making homemade musique concrète on an old tape deck, and getting in trouble for surreptitiously composing in high school chemistry class. His recent compositions range widely in scale and scope, from miniatures for solo instruments (Eight Pieces for Piano), to multi-movement works for large ensembles (Divisions for soprano saxophone and chamber orchestra), to electroacoustic pieces (Abandoned Beach for fixed media). He particularly enjoys the challenge posed by writing for an unusual or untried combination of instruments, as in The Heart That Loves But Once, a quartet for oboe, viola, harp, and piano (doubling celesta) that takes its name from a letter sent by Clara Wieck to her future husband, Robert Schumann.

In addition to composing, Phil enjoys writing about music, and has penned articles and reviews for the Hartford Courant and Masstransfer magazine, among other publications. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in composition at Stony Brook University, where he is a student of Daria Semegen.