Brandeis Summer School is thrilled to offer an excellent seminar on American Music: MUS 38a: American Music(s): Its Origins, Traditions and Trajectories.
In this course, students will investigate the exciting, complicated and diverse world of American music. This survey course will investigate the historical and current musical worlds from the Rockies to the Appalachians, from the deep South to the colonial Northeast.
As a class students will listen to, and talk about, the familiar and unfamiliar tunes that make up the American soundscape. Through attending concerts, lectures and in-depth class discussions we will try and sift through the complexities of politics, religion, race, gender and class to make better sense of, or at least to gain a greater appreciation for, our American musical heritage.
This evening class is open to all students, regardless of musical background and is being offered by Christian A. Gentry. The course meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011) on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Students can review a course syllabus for MUS 38b – American Music: Its Origins, Traditions, and Trajectories online. To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.
About the Instructor: *Christian A. Gentry*, an Arizona native, received his BM at the University of Utah and MM at the University of Louisville, where he was a Bomhard Fellow. He is now a Mildred and Herbert Lee Graduate Fellow at Brandeis University where he is pursuing a PhD in Music Theory and Composition.
He has written music for a variety of instrumentation and genres including, orchestra, choir, art song, chamber music, film, theater and electroacoustic music. Some of his works have been played and/or recorded by Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, Arsenal Trio, Emily Hindrichs (soprano), East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Juventas, White Rabbit, the Lydian String Quartet, New York Virtuoso Singers, VERGE Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble.
He has been a composer fellow at June in Buffalo, Wellesley Composers Conference and Yale’s Norfolk New Music Workshop. He received a Barlow Endowment Composition Commission to write *Flux Flummoxed* for Jihye Chang (piano) and Benjamin Sung (violin) which premiered in the spring of 2010 and will appear in a recording summer 2011.
His current projects include *Corps Sonore* for percussionist Bill Solomon and *riff(s) and/or transfiguration(s)* for trombonist Ben Herrington, with pianist Geoffrey Burleson and percussionist John Ferrari. In addition to his compositional work, while at Brandeis Christian has taught three UWS courses that cover the topics of Popular Music Interpretation and Criticism, and Country Music and American Society. He has also been a primary instructor in the music department teaching first year music theory, musicianship and has assisted with several other music courses. Lastly, he served as Co-Director of the New Music Brandeis Concert Series (2010-11) and was the Production Assistant and Program Coordinator for the 2011 BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon, which received the 2011 IBM Innovation Award through the Boston Cyberarts Festival. He is currently working on his dissertation which explores György Kurtág’s *Kafka Fragmente *for violin and soprano.