Dave Brubeck

The Brubeck Centennial Symposium is cancelled because of the pandemic.  A re-scheduling of the event is being discussed.

For more details, contact John Salmon (jcsalmon@uncg.edu).

Chris_brubeckChris Brubeck (chrisbrubeck.com) is a multifaceted musician who has earned acclaim as a composer, trombonist, and bass guitarist.  Called “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein” (The Chicago Tribune), Chris has produced many compositions, including works for band, chamber ensemble, three concertos for trombone, and piano solo.  As a performer, he maintains a demanding touring and recording schedule with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (brubeckbrothers.com) and Triple Play (chrisbrubeckstripleplay.com). Chris was a long-standing member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, writing arrangements and touring and recording with his father’s group for over 20 years. Dave and Chris co-wrote the orchestral piece Ansel Adams: America which in 2013 was a Grammy finalist for Best Instrumental Composition.

dan brubeckDrummer Dan Brubeck (danbrubeck.com), featured on several albums with his father, toured widely with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  He performs regularly with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (brubeckbrothers.com) as well as with his own trio and quartet, and has a long history of collaborations with musicians such as saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond and guitarists Larry Coryell and Roy Buchanan.  Cited for his “drama, potency and virtuosity” (Downbeat),  Dan was producer and drummer for the 1993 Grammy nominated Trio Brubeck album and performed at the 1996 Grammy Award Ceremony as well as the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.  In 2015, the Dan Brubeck Quartet, featuring vocalist Adam Thomas, released the recording Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck. 

Darius BrubeckDarius Brubeck (dariusbrubeck.com) has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as pianist, composer, professor, and broadcaster.  In 1983, in South Africa, he initiated the first jazz studies degree offered by an African university and, in 1989, Darius and his wife Catherine founded the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where, as Professor of Jazz Studies, Darius taught until 2005.  He has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and bansuri player Deepak Ram, and tours regularly with the Darius Brubeck Quartet. Darius and Catherine are currently writing a book about their jazz life in South Africa during the turbulent and hope-filled period leading up to the first democratic election in 1994.

matt brubeckMatt Brubeck (mattbrubeck.com), who has the Master of Music degree in cello performance from Yale University, has toured with the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls.  In 2008, Matt participated in the Grammy award winning Songs of Joy and Peace project with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  His Stretch Orchestra CD won the 2012 Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year. He also performs with jazz pianist David Braid as the duo Brubeck Braid. Their 2007 CD, twotet/deuxtet, was praised by the Halifax Chronicle Herald (“Brubeck’s soaring lyricism, driving bass lines and agile bowed improvisations merge with Braid’s pianistic invention in an ideal combination”) and was nominated for both a Juno Award and the Canada National Jazz award.

Catherine Brubeck HeadshotCatherine Brubeck Yaghsizian (b.1953) is Dave and Iola’s only daughter. Growing up in an artistic family was wonderful for a young girl interested in dance, music, art and drama. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in theology, later teaching and doing mission work in California where she met her husband, Arne. They married in 1982, settling in Connecticut near Dave and Iola to raise their three children. They continued in Christian mission work and founded a music-based charity, Jazz’d4Life, which they ran until Arne’s passing in 2012. Recently, Catherine retired from her Massage Therapy business. Since then she has written a novel, writes poetry and children’s stories, and is enjoying her two growing grandchildren and visiting her amazing friends and musical siblings.

Tenor Robert Bracey (https://vpa.uncg.edu/home/directory/bio-robertbracey/), Professor of Voice at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Russia, Europe, India, and Japan. He was awarded first place in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Annual International Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall. He returned to Carnegie Hall for performances of Handel’s Messiah. He made his Detroit Symphony debut at Orchestra Hall and his Kennedy Center debut in Washington, DC. Other engagements include performances with the Symphony Orchestra of India and the Paranjoti Academy Chorus at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Oratorio Society of New York.

Carol CoelhoCarole Ott Coelho (animavoxduo.com), Associate Director of Choral Activities at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has the BM degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the MM and DMA degrees from the University of Michigan. In 2005, Ott won a double Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album. At UNCG, she directs the Chorale, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and free improvisation. An active soprano, Ott has appeared with the New Baroque Chamber Players in North Carolina, premiered the works of Susan Botti at the American Academy in Rome, and is a member of the award-winning duo, Anima Vox. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil.

Stephen CristStephen Crist (http://music.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/crist-stephen.html), Professor of Music History at Emory University, received the Ph.D. in music history from Brandeis University, the M.M. in music theory from the University of South Florida, and the B.A. in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. His publications have appeared in many books and journals, including  The Cambridge Companion to Bach, Exploring Christian Song, Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Institute, Bach Perspectives, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, Understanding Bach, and the Journal of Musicology. His book Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, is the first full-length study of this iconic 1959 LP, one of the most popular and successful albums in the history of jazz. 

DeRosa PortraitDonald DeRosa, Dean of the Graduate School and Provost at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1985 to 1995, established the Brubeck Institute and the Brubeck Collection at the University of the Pacific where he served as President from 1995 to 2009. During his tenure at Pacific, Dr. DeRosa led the creation of distinctive, nationally ranked programs, centers, and institutes, increased applications 400%, led a comprehensive campaign that raised over $330 million, expanded partnerships between the University, business, and community, and launched an initiative to enhance institutional sustainability practices. Dr. DeRosa’s presidency was called transformative and historic by Pacific’s Board of Regents, who named the Don and Karen DeRosa Center (opened 2008) in honor of his achievements.

chad ebyChad Eby (chadebymusic.com), Associate Professor of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaches jazz saxophone and directs Jazz Ensemble I in the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program.  Called “a consummate improviser” (Jazz Times) and “a superb saxophonist…in the top echelon of the world’s finest musicians” (Bill Charlap), Eby has collaborated with Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the L.A. All-Star Big Band.  As well, he is a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at many universities.  His CD “The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein” received a four-star rating from DownBeat magazine. 

Melodie GallowayMelodie Galloway (https://www.unca.edu/person/melodie-galloway/) is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she is also the Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies.  She holds the Master of Music degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her credits as a conductor include a 2012 Carnegie Hall invited performance featuring 200 singers and orchestra. She led combined choirs and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Krakow) in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living in May 2017 in Vienna, Prague and Salzburg.  Her doctoral dissertation is on Dave Brubeck’s setting of the mass To Hope! A Celebration.

Donald Hartmann

Bass-baritone Donald Hartmann (donaldhartmann.com), Professor of Voice at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has performed in over 135 operatic productions worldwide in more than 55 operas, singing over 70 different roles, with the New York City Opera, Stadttheater Regensburg in Germany, Opéra de Montréal, Pamiro Opera, Montreux Opera Festival, Opera Roanoke, Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and many other companies. Notable engagements have included Swallow in Peter Grimes, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Colline and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Boheme, and Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2009, he created the role of Howard in the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s Picnic.  Opera News has praised Hartmann’s “commanding voice” and Voix des Arts has called him a “treasure.” 

David HolleyDavid Holley (https://vpa.uncg.edu/home/directory/bio-davidholley/) has been Director of Opera at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1992 and Artistic Director of Greensboro Opera since 2013. In 2009 he produced and directed the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s opera Picnic, for which he also wrote the libretto. His productions have consistently won awards in the National Opera Association’s annual Opera Production Competition, including seven first place and three second place awards.  Also an active performer, he has appeared with regional opera companies throughout the United States and Canada. American Record Guide described his performance in Wiener Blut as “ringing, wide-ranging, hale and hearty: a vivid characterization” while Opera News has called him “…that rare find, a tall tenor who can act.”

Annie JengAnnie Jeng (anniejeng.com), Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has given concerts at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, New York’s Tenri Cultural Center, Nief Norf Summer Festival for Contemporary Music, the Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), as well as throughout China.  For several years, she has been the Artist Fellow of the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy and is also the pianist and Educational Programming Coordinator of the Four Corners Ensemble. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan where she was involved with the Prison Creative Arts Project that provided music workshops in prisons in southeast Michigan.

Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” with a “deep, rich timbre” and the San Francisco Chronicle as an “opera powerhouse” with a “weighty and forthright” sound, baritone Sidney Outlaw (sidneyoutlaw.com) was the Grand Prize winner of the  Concurso Internacional  de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010.   A graduate of the Merola Opera Program and the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Outlaw recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments for the Naxos recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle in which he sang the role of Apollo.  The 2019-2020 season included his San Francisco Opera debut as First Mate in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, as well as performances with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony.

Ariel Pocock

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer Ariel Pocock (arielpocock.com), adjunct jazz piano professor at UNCG, has performed around the world, including at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, and Quebec City International Jazz Festival. According to the Ottawa Gazette, her 2017 album Living in Twilight demonstrated, “… levels of stylistic and emotional breadth and artistic depth that few of Pocock’s peers can match.” In a review of her 2015 recording Touchstone, the Seattle Times described Pocock’s “true facility for…sinewy jazz piano [and] breezy, achingly plain-spoken vocal chops…,” while Jazz Times said, “Hers is a dynamic, slightly scorched voice that is deeply jazz-steeped.”

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Pianist John Salmon (johnsalmon.com), Professor of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has concertized on four continents, as both a classical and jazz artist. His articles about Dave Brubeck have appeared in American Music Teacher, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Piano Today and his four CDs of Brubeck’s classical piano music are on the Phoenix, Naxos, and Albany labels.  Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon—“The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” After an all-Brubeck recital in Washington, DC for the 2001 Music Teachers National Association conference, Salmon jammed at two pianos with Dave Brubeck in a spontaneous version of “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.”  Salmon has also performed with Dan and Chris Brubeck. 

William SkoogWilliam Skoog (https://www.rhodes.edu/bio/william-skoog), Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Rhodes College, has appeared at festivals in Dublin, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Rome, Lucerne, and Prague, and has conducted the Dom Orchestra in Salzburg, the Tuscan Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy), the Santa Maria Orchestra (Switzerland), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Symphony Orchestra, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Ireland), and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Skoog has conducted many choral works of Dave Brubeck including To Hope: A Mass, The Gates of Justice, Upon This Rock, and Pange Lingua Variations. He sponsored the 2016 Brubeck Festival in Memphis and served as Keynote Speaker on the Music of Dave Brubeck at the 2020 International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii.

Andrew WillisAndrew Willis (andrewwillispianist.com), Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor in Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is at the forefront of historically informed keyboard performance, engaging in the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.”  He has appeared as soloist with numerous period-instrument chamber orchestras and is an active presenter and performer in conferences, festivals, and concert series. Willis holds degrees from Cornell University, Temple University, and The Curtis Institute of Music, having studied under the guidance of Malcolm Bilson, Lambert Orkis, and Mieczyslaw Horszowski respectively. 

Clarice YoungClarice Young (theclariceyoungproject.com) is an artist, teacher, choreographer, and performer who researches the intersection of African Diasporic dance and contemporary modern dance. A Louisiana native, Young was an original member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and performed with Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company from 2007-2017, acting as rehearsal director from 2011. She has collaborated with fellow artist Francine E. Ott on Outta the Box, performed at Dixon Place, while her solo work i am… was showcased at Judson Church, both in New York City.  Other works were presented in the 2019-20 season of the North Carolina Dance Festival in Durham and Greensboro. Presently, Young serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Welborn YoungWelborn Young (https://vpa.uncg.edu/home/directory/bio-welbornyoung/) is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since 2005, he has directed Bel Canto Company, an ensemble of professional singers profiled on the National Public Radio program Performance Today. He has been a featured festival conductor at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the York Minster International Choral Festival in Great Britain, and at Carnegie Hall.  His choirs have toured throughout Europe with performances in Florence, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Cambridge, York, and London. As well, he has presented at many national and international conferences on topics such as the music of György Orbán and Morten Lauridsen, skill building for church musicians, and choral techniques for volunteer ensembles.