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What's New in the Music Department

March 30, 2017


We sadly start our report this year with news of the passing of T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., cofounder of the Music Department. A faculty member at Boston College since 1988, Fr. Kennedy received the 2016 Arts Council Faculty Award for his work as a performer and producer of Jesuit operas and for his contributions to public art at Boston College—the statues of St. Ignatius and St. Thomas More as well as the Tree of Life fountain are due to his guidance.   

We welcomed our eighth full-time faculty member with the appointment of Assistant Professor Timothy Mangin. Dr. Mangin researches African contemporary music and the African diaspora. He teaches the History of Popular Music and has added a course on hip-hop. 

We hope you enjoy a look at some additional highlights from the past year:  

  • Professor Thomas Lee premiered his Daphne ... An Imaginary Ballet and an oboe quartet. 
  • Associate Professor Ralf Gawlick had performances at Boston College and Carnegie Hall of his new string quartet Imagined Memories, commissioned by the Hugo Wolf Quartet of Vienna. In this work Ralf explores his Kurdish roots.  
  • In collaboration with the Burns Library, Professor Michael Noone designed a multi-media webpage to showcase a Franciscan antiphoner from the 1300s, the earliest music manuscript held by the Burns. 
  • Music faculty represented BC internationally with research, lectures, and performances in Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, and Egypt. Watch a video of Assistant Professor of the Practice Sandra Hebert performing at the Cremona Summer Festival in Italy. 

A near record-breaking 16 majors graduated in 2016 with senior seminar papers on topics ranging from Schubert and Ravel through Stephen Sondheim and Dave Brubeck to Miley Cyrus and Hamilton. The Chamber Music Society has grown to a phenomenal 140 students and, in conjunction with the Theatre Department, we added a music theater workshop to our offerings.

As always, we would love to hear from you; please stay in touch and consider supporting the department directly here.  


Michael Noone
Chair, Music Department