Jason Treuting '02MM has been appointed one of two Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University. The percussionist and composer will begin two years of teaching and collaboration at the university this fall.
The new Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts program provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context.
Open to artists in all disciplines, fellows are selected for a two-year residency to teach one course each semester or undertake an artistic assignment. Fellows will be active members of the University's intellectual and artistic community while in residence, with access to the resources and spaces necessary to their work.
Treuting and graphic designer Danielle Aubert, the two inaugural Fellows, were chosen from a pool of almost 1,200 applicants.
Jason Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, DOM in Moscow and Le National in Montreal. As a member of So Percussion, which has performed at Princeton, Treuting has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld.
Treuting's compositions include So Percussion's third album, "Amid the Noise," and contributions to "Imaginary City," an evening-length work performed in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2009 Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included a concerto for So Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; music for a video installation in collaboration with Alison Crocetta; and an evening-length collaboration with the choreographers of the Lyon, France-based Projet in Situ. He has taught percussion both in master classes and privately at more than 80 conservatories and universities in the United States and internationally.
"We are so thrilled Jason will be joining the artistic community at Princeton," said Steve Mackey, chair of the Department of Music and professor of music. "In addition to being an accomplished composer and percussionist, he is a consummate collaborator and brings so much to the table — and not just his musical skills. He is, simply put, a complete artist for whom no detail is trivial."
"Our undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from Jason's atypical journey to evolve a personal compositional language and process," Mackey said. "I can see him interacting not just with student composers and musicians but also students in dance and music history, with faculty clamoring to involve him in their classes given his natural gift for speaking to aspiring artists."