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Steven Laitz - The Intersection of Analysis & Performance

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The School of Music is delighted to announce that Dr. Steven Laitz of the Juilliard School will complete a three-day residency beginning on Thursday, 25 February.  The residency is made possible via a College of Fine Arts Dee Grant.  Dr. Laitz, a renowned music-theory pedagogue, joined the Juilliard faculty in September 2014 and was appointed chair of the Music Theory & Analysis Department in fall of 2015.  He was previously a member of the faculty at the Eastman School of Music, and is the author the textbook currently used in the theory sequence: The Complete Musician, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011.  

His time here will include a special Fridays with Faculty colloquium - Friday, 26 February at noon in Dumke - at which he will give a lecture-recital entitled "The Intersection of Analysis & Performance," which will address the connection between what is done in the theory classroom and what is done in the practice room.  In addition, he will lead two workshops later that afternoon that are open to students, faculty, and the public:

Workshop I – Teaching Diatonic Harmony in the Classroom (DGH 410)
from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Workshop II – Teaching Form & Analysis in the Classroom (DGH 410)
from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
We sincerely hope students, faculty, and the community will take advantage of this prestigious visit and encourage everyone to participate in these events.  Here is the abstract for Friday's lecture-recital: 
When a music analysis reveals the compositional processes and mysteries of a piece, the performer becomes empowered, secure.  Indeed, they are thus encouraged to develop their individual interpretations and explore multiple performance possibilities.  Performers will uncover processes that propel a work from beginning to end, enabling them to see connections among what could be considered unconnected events.  Ultimately, they will be face to face with the DNA specific to each artwork.  My lecture-recital will explore such events and processes, which will allow the performer to transfer these ideas to your own repertoire.  
Last Updated: 3/22/23