Clara Yang ’06MM, ’07AD joins UNC faculty

11-20-13-Photo-Clara-Yang-460x300Pianist Clara Yang ’06MM, ’07AD has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the music department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Praised by Peninsula Reviews for her “superb technique and extraordinary musical understanding,” Clara Yang has performed in venues such as the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Remonstrantse Kerk in the Netherlands, the Seymour Centre in Sydney, the Irvine Barclay Theater, the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater, and the Sunset Center in Carmel, among many others. A live performance was heard on ABC Classic FM in Australia and New Zealand.

Highlights of recent concerto performances include the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, the California Youth Symphony, the St. Andrew Chamber Orchestra, and the Saratoga Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in renowned music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, and the Aspen Music Festival. Her recording on the Ullanta Artists label is featured on Lowell Liebermann’s official website.  An avid chamber musician, Dr. Yang has collaborated with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. MORE

Published January 6, 2011
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Markus Rathey receives Scheide Research Grant

Markus Rathey, an associate professor of music history at the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music as well as the Music Department, is the recipient of the William H. Scheide Research Grant for 2011.

The William H. Scheide Research Grant, awarded once every two years to a member of the American Bach Society, provides support for a research project on Bach or figures in his circle. The grant will enable Rathey to spend a month in Germany this summer to continue his research on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Rathey will examine Bach’s autograph score of the oratorio in the German National Library in Berlin as well as further sources in Leipzig.

Rathey studied musicology, Protestant theology, and German philology in Bethel and Münster. He taught at the University of Mainz and the University of Leipzig and was a research fellow at the Bach-Archiv, Leipzig, before joining the Yale faculty in 2003. His research interests are music of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the relationship among music, religion, and politics during the Enlightenment. Recent publications include the books Johann Rudolph Ahle (1625–1673): Lebensweg und Schaffen (Eisenach, 1999), an edition of Johann Georg Ahle’s Music Theoretical Writings (Hildesheim, 2007, 2nd edition 2008), and Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Hildesheim, 2009). He was guest editor of a volume of the German journal Musik und Kirche (2005) on church music in the United States. He has contributed numerous articles to Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, the Laaber Lexikon der Kirchenmusik, and to the handbook for the new German Hymnal (Liederkunde zum Evangelischen Gesangbuch). Professor Rathey is president of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship and serves on the editorial board of the Bach Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Society. Ph.D., Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.

Published January 6, 2011
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