Research Projects

Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD) is held each spring to celebrate the exemplary scholarship and creativity of Willamette University students. Students work directly with faculty members or design and conduct their own research throughout the year.

Featured Projects

Here are a few projects that exemplify the wonderful research students from the Music department have done over the years.

Abstract: This presentation was a live musical performance.

Michael Chergovsky (2019)

Abstract: This presentation was a live musical performance.

Rebecca Nicholes (2019)

Abstract: This presentation was a live musical performance.

Nicholas Burton, bass ; Brighton Sier, trombone ; Olivia Fields, alto saxophone ; Wil Bakula, piano (2018)

Additional Research Projects

These are all the projects the Music department has presented at SSRD in the last few years.

2019

  • Composing "Tabula Smaragdina" - Michael Chergovsky (Thesis)
  • Making a Requiem—Academia and Creativity in Omnes Requiescimus - Peter Lawson (Thesis)
  • “One Holy Sound”, How Music Connects Us All - Rebecca Nicholes (Thesis)
  • Exploring Composition—A Multi Cultural Harmony - Nathan Boone (LARC Grant)
  • Chamber Choir and Contemporary Ensemble - Noah Greenfield
  • Contemporary Ensemble performing Peter Lawson" Labyrinth" - Kyle Ward
  • The Thunder: Perfect Mind - Michael Chergovsky (Shuchat Arts Fellowship)
  • Shuchat Arts Fellowship -- A Studio Album & Documentary - Henry Coba (Shuchat Arts Fellowship)

2018

  • Duo des Fleurs / Sous le dôme épais  Leo Delibes (1836-1891) - Elizabeth Borrego and Laurel Styner, voice (Performance)
  • Allegro con Moto  Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877 – 1933) - Olivia Fields, alto saxophone (Performance)
  • Widmung  Robert Schuman (1810 – 1856) - Alex Foufos, baritone (Performance)
  • The Great Train Race  Ian Clark (b. 1964) - Ariel Todoki, flute (Performance)
  • Ballade  Eugene Bozza (1905 – 1990) - Henry Coba, trombone (Performance)
  • O mio babbino caro (from “Gianni Schicchi”)  Giacamo Puccino (1858 – 1924) - Olga Valdes, soprano (Performance)
  • Chacun le sait (from “La fille de Régiment”)  Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) - Katie Bordona, soprano (Performance)
  • Improvisations #1 and #2  Collective Improvisation - Nicholas Burton, bass ; Brighton Sier, trombone ; Olivia Fields, alto saxophone ; Wil Bakula, piano (Performance)

2016

  • Still by Dorothy Chang - Sara Williams (oboe) (Performance)
  • Fantasie by Philippe Gaubert - Ariel Todoki (Flute), Accompanist - Crystal Zimmerman (Performance)
  • Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and Piano by Gerald Finzi - Alexis Cartales (clarinet), Accompanist - Crystal Zimmerman (Performance)
  • Chrysalis Song Cycle by Dylan Librande - Madison Hall (soprano), Accompanist - Sherry Liang (Performance)
  • Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, by Dmitri Shostakovich - Jason Pegis (cello), Accompanist - Arsen Gulua (Performance)
  • The Autumn Wind by Derek Sup Earth Song by Frank Ticheli University Chamber Choir - Nick Newman, Will Helgeson (Performance)
  • Free Improvisation - Sherry Liange, Jason Pegis, Brenden Ramirez (Performance)
  • Nepal Trio - Andrew Mell, Alex Tuckman, Brendan Ramirez (Performance)

2015

  • Variations, Opus 41 Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937) - Sherry Liang (piano) (Performance)
  • Have Peace (from Little Women) Mark Adamo (b. 1962) - Kelsey Muller (soprano), Accompanist - Crystal Zimmerman (piano) (Performance)
  • Sonata for Violoncello and Piano (1934) Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) Scherzo: Allegro (1906-1975) - Jason Pegis (cello), Accompanist - Arsen Gulua (piano) (Performance)
  • Sonata Opus 31, No. 3 I. Allegro IV. Presto con fuoco Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Western-Li Summerton (piano) (Performance)
  • Hypnosis (1994) Ian Clarke (b. 1964) - Rosemarie Cabading (flute), Accompanist - Crystal Zimmerman (piano) (Performance)
  • Choro da Saudade Vals Agustin Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944) - Muir Hamilton (guitar) (Performance)
  • Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) - Sherry Liang (piano), Westy Summerton (piano) (Performance)
  • Canzona (1612) Canzona “La Grimaneta” (1620) Giovanni Battista Riccio (fl. 1609-1621) - Ruri Wen-Matsui (recorder), Jeanne Collins (bass viola de gamba), Dylan Librande (harpsichord) (Performance)
  • Aires Tropicales 1. Alborada 2. Son 4. Vals Venezolano Paquito D'Rivera (b. 1948) - Rosemarie Cabading (flute), Sara Williams (oboe), Alexis Cartales (clarinet), Shadrach Wood (bassoon), Emma Jonas (horn) (Performance)
  • Concerto in E Minor, Adagio; Allegro Georg Phillip telemann (1681-1767) - Jason Pegis (cello), Holly Wheeler (cello), Anne Gendreau (cello), Topher Penning (cello) (Performance)
  • Serenade, Opus 20 (1892) I. Allegro II. Larghetto III. Allegretto Edward Elgar (1857-1943) - University Chamber Orchestra (Performance)
  • Musica Animam Tangens Joshua Shank (b. 1980) - Connor Soejoto, Student Conductor (Performance)
  • El Guayaboso Guido Lopez-Gavilan (b. 1944) - Ariella Chasteen, Student Conductor (Performance)
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