Dangerfield awarded prestigious Fulbright Fellowship

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2009-03-16 13:58:56 - General

Joseph Dangerfield

Coe College Music Professor Dr. Joseph Dangerfield has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to teach and compose in the Russian Federation during the 2009-2010 school year. Specifically, Dangerfield will serve as composer-in-residence for the Studio New Music Ensemble at the Moscow Conservatory.

Dangerfield has had a lifelong fascination with traditional Russian music, which led him to pursue the Fulbright Scholarship opportunity.

"My parents are musicians and exposed me to Russian music beginning at a very young age," said Dangerfield. "For some reason, this music has always spoken to me. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to continue my lifelong journey with Russian music at the Moscow Conservatory during the next school year."

While at the Moscow Conservatory, Dangerfield will be teaching composition, presenting lectures and papers about the history of American music, and helping Russian students learn about the American educational system. In addition, the music professor will be guest conducting and expects to write a new composition to be premiered in Russia.

"I often use the folk and liturgical music of Russia as a source of creative inspiration," noted Dangerfield. "I am also enamored with the music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Tarnopolski, and many other composers now living in Russia."

At Coe, Dangerfield teaches music composition and theory, and serves as the director of the Coe College Symphony Orchestra. Over the past several years, Dangerfield has garnered much attention as a composer, with performances of his works throughout the United States and abroad. American presentations include the Society of Composers Inc., the MusicX Festival at the Cincinnati Conservatory, the San Francisco New Music Festival, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. His instrumental and chamber compositions have also been performed at such international venues as the Moscow Conservatory, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Tartini (Trieste, Italy) and in Cairo, Egypt.

Originally trained as a pianist, Dangerfield is active as a performer and conductor throughout the United States. Recently, he conducted a performance of his Piano Quintet in New York City.

Dangerfield began his composition studies at Marshall University (BFA 1999) with Michael Golden and John Allemeier. He completed his master's degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, working with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn, and received a doctorate in 2005 from the University of Iowa, studying under David Gompper.

He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including The Young and Emerging Composers Award (2002), ASCAP Standard Awards, and the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition (2005). Dangerfield was selected for a three-week independent residency in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, which was completed in January 2008. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and many are published by European American Music and PIP Press Music Publications.

Dangerfield's award is part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. He joins several other Coe faculty members who have received Fulbright Awards during their careers.

Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching.