Press Releases


Date Released: 11/7/2006

A concert celebrating the work of Purchase College faculty composers will be performed by students and faculty of the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music on November 16 at 7:30 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public. Faculty composers represented include Suzanne Farrin, David Gluck, Joel Thome, Allyson Bellink, Jim McElwaine, Du Yun and Laura Kaminsky. For more information, call 914-251-6700.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Suzanne Farrin is chair of the composition department at the Conservatory of Music. Her work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She has written commissioned work for a variety of sources and for combinations as diverse as the Irish bagpipes and string quartet to solo piano pieces and works for vibraphone. Her work has been performed by musicians Tanya Bannister, Steve Mackey, Jason Treuting, Ken Crilly, Antoine Tamestit, Mark Stewart and David Schotzko, and by such ensembles as the Arditti Quartet, So Percussion, Neithermusic, ICE, nonjzero and Traces.

David Gluck is chair of the studio composition department. He is a founding member of Rhythm & Brass, and has toured the world as percussionist extraordinaire and has been acclaimed as a virtuoso mallet performer and drummer. Many of his compositions and unique, patche-like arrangements have been performed and recorded by Rhythm & Brass and his orchestral arrangements have been played my multiple symphonies throughout the United States. He has received numerous commissions from various collegiate and professional ensembles with a most recent premier at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Joel Thome is an internationally acclaimed composer/conductor of classical and contemporary orchestral music. An associate professor of studio composition, he received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental for Zappa’s Universe and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Savitri Traveller of the Worlds. He has appeared as a conductor with Group L’iteraire in Paris, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony, among others.

Allyson Bellink is one of the predominant composers in television today. A studio composition associate professor at Purchase, she has received an Emmy Award and three Emmy nominations. She was been commissioned by ABC Sports to compose the “Super Bowl Theme,” and music for “Monday Night Football,” “Winter Olympics,” “Indianapolis 500” and “NCAA College Football.” She has been a staff composer for the daytime television shows “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” and “Another World,” and has composed music for CBS television’s “NBA Playoffs” and “NCAA Basketball Tournament.” Her film credits include songwriting and background music for Robert Altman’s Rich Kids, and her songs and arrangements have been recorded by Noel Pointer and Jonathan Schwartz.

James McElwaine, professor of studio composition, is a composer, arranger and musician. He composed music for Louis Love, the Main Ingredient, Camille and Zephryn, and arranged music for many others. He has had music sessions and made concert appearances with Marvin Gaye, Steve Winwood, the Temptations, the Police, Kool and the Gang, Bo Diddley, Mary Wells, Billy Idol, Dexter Gordon, Nell Carter, Jelly Bean Benitez and more.

Du Yun is a founding ICE composer, improviser and pianist, and a lecturer at the Conservatory of Music. Her music has been performed by the Oberlin Orchestra, the ICE, the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Nouvel-Ensemble Moderne of Canada, the Electrolune of France, and by cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, among others. She is the recipient of several grants and prizes including first prize in the China National Young Composer Competition, the 3rd British and International Bass Forum Composition Competition (solo section), and several others.

Laura Kaminsky is Dean of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She is an educator and music composer of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world. She is the founder and director of Musicians Accord, an acclaimed music ensemble which has been in residence at the City College of New York since 1984. Her works have been recorded on the Mode and CRI labels and she is an active producer of recordings. She has been a guest composer at Boston Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, the National Academy of Music at Winneba, Ghana, and at the Union of Composers and Musicologists at the National Conservatory of Music in Yerevan, Armenia, among others. She has received many commissions, fellowships and awards as a composer and presenter including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America and others. She is currently the Curator of Music Programs at New York City’s renowned SymphonySpace.