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Jesse Stiles

Assistant Teaching Professor of Sound Media

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Jesse Stiles (b. 1978, Boston, MA) is an electronic composer, performer, installation artist, and software designer.  Stiles’ work has been featured at internationally recognized institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Park Avenue Armory.  Stiles has appeared multiple times at Carnegie Hall, performing as a soloist with electronic instruments.  

In his music and artwork, Stiles creates immersive sonic and visual environments that encourage new methods of listening and looking.  His musical output ranges from highly experimental, using texture and spatialization to create abstract clouds of sound, to borderline danceable, exploring the sounds of electronic dance and rock music to create avant-garde performances and recordings.  Stiles’ installation artwork makes use of generative algorithms to control sound, video, light, and robotics - combining these mediums to create synaesthetic compositions that transform museums and galleries into evolving audiovisual environments.

Stiles has collaborated with many leading figures in experimental music including Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, David Behrman, and Morton Subotnick.  He has been featured as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony, performing with electronic instruments.  Stiles' recordings have been published by Conrex Records, Specific Recordings, Gagarin Records, and Araca Recs.  Stiles has worked as a sound designer and composer on a wide variety of award-winning films, museum exhibitions, and video games. 

Starting in 2010, Stiles served as the Music Supervisor for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.  Working with the company during their precedent-setting "Legacy Tour," he produced and performed in more than 200 concerts featuring compositions by groundbreaking composers including John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and John Paul Jones.  Stiles' compositions were featured in many of the company's site-specific "Event" performances.  

Stiles is currently a Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads courses on emerging music technologies.

Jesse Stiles' CV is available here.

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Stephen Story

Associate Director of Wind Ensemble

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Stephen Story is currently in his seventh year as the Associate Director of the Carnegie
Mellon Wind Ensemble. In the 2017-18 season he will conduct works by Maslanka,
Colgrass, Sparke, Mackey and others.

Stephen is a very strong believer in the value of music education. He has taught music in
the Pittsburgh Public and Alamance County, North Carolina school districts. Most
recently he was the band and orchestra teacher of The Ellis School in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania.

Stephen earned a Master of Music in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University,
where he studied wind music with Denis Colwell, vocal music with Dr. Robert Page and
composition with Nancy Galbraith. He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Bassoon
Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Philip Pandolphi
of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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Peter Sullivan

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Sullivan was appointed Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by maestro Mariss Jansons. Canadian born, raised and trained, Mr. Sullivan came to Pittsburgh following a long and fruitful tenure as Solo Trombone with the Montreal Symphony under maestro Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Sullivan has performed as a soloist on many occasions with several orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Montreal orchestras. In 2006 he will perform the world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon's Trombone Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the PSO. In 2007 Peter will be the featured soloist with Canada´s National Arts Center Orchestra.

Apart from his activities in Pittsburgh, Mr. Sullivan performs regularly across North America, Europe and the Far East as soloist and chamber musician alongside the world's leading brass players. He is a regular visitor to Japan playing and teaching at venues such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, the Suntory recital hall in Tokyo, the Hamamatsu Summer Academy as well as solo recitals in Osaka. In China, Peter is involved with the Canton International Summer Music Academy and will be performing and giving master classes at the Tian Jin and Beijing Conservatories in April of 2006.

Aside from countless orchestral performances in the great concert halls of Europe, Peter has performed with the Orchestra Internationale Italia and was featured in Christian Lindberg's Trombone Concerto in Bunol, Spain with the composer on the podium. Peter was also the first prize winner in the 1990 Umea International Solo Competition in Sweden.

Here at home, Mr. Sullivan has given concerts and clinics from coast to coast including master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools in New York City, the Glen Gould Academy in Toronto, coaching at the New World Symphony and the Banff School and tours with the Summit Brass and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. He has been heard across Canada in recital on CBC radio and on NPR with his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass.

Presently, Mr. Sullivan serves on the faculties of Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities in Pittsburgh following 15 years as adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. For the past few years, he has been working with the Yamaha Corporation on the development of their new line of orchestral trombones, the prototype of which he plays.

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Dr. Thomas Sullivan

Associate Teaching Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Research Interests

Though there is currently no funded research at CMU in this area, Dr. Sullivan's interests lie in the areas of signal processing for audio and music systems.

Audio Signal Processing

As the professional recording industry has grown, so has the complexity and quality of sound recording equipment. Research in audio signal processing serves the advancement of digital audio recording. From the need for lossless data compression, to higher quality filtering for A/D and D/A conversion, to better error correction coding for digital hard disk and magnetic tape systems (and compact discs), the research areas where electrical engineers can aid the entertainment industry are great.
Music Signal Processing

Signals from musical instruments are very complex waveforms. As the professional recording and performance industries demand higher quality synthesis of existing musical instruments, the study of new methods of instrument synthesis has increasing importance. In addition, the greater quality of films and television have increased the need for more realistic generation of sound effects. The use of digital sampling in the creation of music and sound effects merges the music and professional audio signal processing areas.

In addition, there is increasing desire for the control of music synthesizers by other existing musical instruments and new, non-standard "instruments" or "controllers". Pitch and expressive tracking of these instruments are vital to obtaining information from a performer that is capable of giving the performer high-level control over a music synthesizer.

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Dr. Marilyn Taft Thomas

Professor of Music

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Marilyn Taft Thomas is Professor of Theory and Composition in the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. She is an active composer with works for orchestra, choir, piano, voice, brass band and chamber ensembles. She has won prizes from the National Federation of Music and the National Harvey Gaul Competition, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University, the American Music Center,the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the River City Brass Band, and the 2011 Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A two-CD collection of her works, "Seasons Within" is available through Amazon.com. 

Her diverse background includes 25 years as a pianist, church organist and director of music. Dr. Thomas was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pittsburgh, and the only woman to serve as President of the Pittsburgh Alliance of Composers. Her computer music research and development of music theory software is internationally known. As a teacher, her innovative teaching methods have been cited by Associated Press and honored by the university with its prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award.

Since joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1981, Dr. Thomas has served as Head of the School of Music, 1988-1996, Director of Graduate Studies, 1997-2000, Executive Director of the River City Brass Band, 2000-2003, and Interim Head of the School of Music, 2006-2007. In addition to her work as a composer, she has published over 20 articles and papers on composition, technology, computer music, music education and women in music. She has also authored two books, several collections of essays, poetry, and travel journals. Leadership in the Arts: An Inside View was recently published by AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Indiana.

In 2004, Thomas was granted the Stolarevsky Lifetime Achievement Award by the McKeesport Symphony Society for distinguished service in the arts, and for excellence in and contributions to the cultural life of our communities.

Thomas served as President of the Executive Board of the Andrew Carnegie Society at Carnegie Mellon University from 2007-2009. She is the mother of three grown children and has six very active grandchildren.
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Daniel Teadt

Assistant Teaching Professor, baritone

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Internationally acclaimed baritone DANIEL TEADT has performed throughout the United States and Europe in over thirty operatic roles in repertoire spanning more than 400 years. His range of repertoire includes his New York City Opera debut as the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus which followed his critically acclaimed portrayals of Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Recently he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Susquehanna Vallay Chorale, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and Lyric Fest.

Upcoming he will be appearing with Pittsburgh Opera in Little Women, Akron Symphony for the Faure Requiem, West Liberty Chorale’s Messiah, Resonance Works, Elgar’s The Apostles with the Riverside Symphonia and the New York City premiere of Missa Latina with Canticum Novum. Other notable highlights include Grammy Award winning performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearances with Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Aix-en-provence Festival, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Anchorage Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival and Central City Opera among others.

A lauded concert singer and recitalist Mr Teadt has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Concerto Koln, Chatham Baroque, Los Angeles Master Chorale, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Victoria Bach Festival, the Orchestras of the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera as well as recitals with the Ravinia Festival, Music In A Great Space, Lyric Fest, Music Of St Paul’s Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Palm Beach Song Series, Freya String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recitals and Aix-en-provence Festival.

His accolades include the Theodore Uppman prize from the George London Foundation, a Matteus Sullivan Career Grant, top honors from the MacAllister and Palm Beach Opera Awards as well as the prestigious Ganzalus Prize for Voice.

As a Master Teacher and technician Daniel has presented master classes and workshops as well as taught students throughout the world including Central Conservatory of Music-Beijing, The Palacio das Artes in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arizona Opera, Ball State University, Clarion University, Arizona State University, Lincoln Park Performing Arts School, Trinity Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program, Opera Theater Summerfest, Point Park University and Washington & Jefferson College. Daniel is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.

www.danielteadt.com

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Thomas Thompson

Associate Teaching Professor of Clarinet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble

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Thomas Thompson holds degrees from the American Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, and studied privately with Jerome Stowell, Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. A member of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago, for seven years, Thompson also toured with the Chicago Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra.

Thompson joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1966 and recently retired after 50 years. He has been featured as soloist in concertos by Carl Nielsen in Heinz Hall in 1981 and Carl Maria von Weber at Hartwood Acres in 1989.

He has conducted the Pittsburgh Opera Theater's production of Carmen, and he also finds opportunities to guest lecture and perform. He is Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently co-conducts the Wind Ensemble.

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Kelly Trumbull

Artist Lecturer in Acting

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Kelly Trumbull is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based actor and educator.  As an educator, she has collaborated with numerous local organizations such as City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Donna Belajac’s Actor’s Studio, Center for Theater Arts, MGR Foundation, Propel Charter Schools, and Bricolage.  She serves as an Adjunct Theater Professor at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, where she has taught acting, theater history, and humanities.  Additionally, she has taught in New York City at organizations such as Uncommon Schools, Wingspan Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and New York University’s Looking for Shakespeare.  As an actor, Pittsburgh theater credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre Company, Bricolage, No Name Players, and The Rep at Point Park University.  She also works regularly as an actor in television and film.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She is excited to begin serving on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music this fall, where she will teach acting to freshman voice majors.  

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Dr. Reza Vali

Professor of Composition

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Reza Vali was born in Ghazvin, Persia (Iran) in 1952. He began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award. Vali's orchestral compositions have been performed in the United States by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. His chamber works have received performances by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. His music has been performed in Europe, China, Chile, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia and is recorded on the Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, Albany, and ABC Classics labels.