Linda Dusman’s compositions and sonic art explore the richness of contemporary life, from the personal to the political. Her work has been awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music, Meet the Composer, the Swiss Women’s Music Forum, the American Composers Forum, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Ucross Foundation, and the State of Maryland in 2004, 2006, and 2011 (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories). In 2009 she was honored as a Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was invited to serve as composer in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano in 2003. In the fall of 2006 Dr. Dusman was a Visiting Professor at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, and while there also lectured at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi” in Milano. She recently received a Maryland Innovation Initiative grant for her development of Octava, a real-time program note system (octavaonline.com).
Linda Dusman’s recent works have been inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where she vacations each summer on Folly Cove. Lake, Thunder was premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2015. Thundersnow was commissioned by the Italian Trio des Alpes in 2014, and premiered in Genoa, Italy that year. Her work for piccolo and alto flute An Unsubstantial Territory was recorded by the inHale Duo, and has received many performance throughout the United States and Europe. Piano Interiors was Dusman’s response to the 2012 Cape Ann Museum’s Soliloquy in Dogtown exhibition of works by Marsden Hartley. Her works are published by I Resound Press and Neuma Publications, and are recorded on the NEUMA, Capstone, and New Albany labels.
As a sound artist, Dusman began experimenting with spatialized texts in the 1980s with a passage from Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans. Originally designed for quadraphonic tape, Becoming Becoming Gertrude explored the rhythms of Stein’s simple language in a dynamic evolution. Becoming Becoming Gertrude 2, available on Capstone Records, presents a stereo re-mix of the piece. Subsequent works include an interactive installation inspired by environmental decline using bird distress calls (and a voice was heard in Rama), and Mixed Messages, which uses telephone answering machine messages and an antique telephone switchboard as an interactive device. Mixed Messages was premiered at the University of New Mexico Museum of Art in 2005, and locations for other installations include the Pierogi 2000 gallery in New York, the alternative alternative exhibition on Wall Street, Dartmouth College, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Magnificat 4: Ida Ida was released on the Sounding Out! DVD in 5.1 surround by Everglade Records in 2010.
As a frequent contributor to the literature on contemporary music and performance, Dr. Dusman’s articles have appeared in the journals Link, Perspectives of New Music, and Interface, as well as a number of anthologies. She was a founding editor of the journal Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and is as an associate editor for Perspectives of New Music. She is founding editor of I Resound Press, a digital archive for music by women composers (iresound.umbc.edu). Former holder of the Jeppeson Chair in Music at Clark University and the Liptiz Chair at UMBC, she is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at UMBC in Baltimore.
As a conductor, tubist, educator, and social entrepreneur, Brian Kaufman has shared the stage as a performer and speaker alongside the likes of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Gunther Schueller, Emmy-nominated composer and hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the cult pop-rock band Tally Hall, Canadian Brass veteran Joe Burgstaller, and Her Royal Highness Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite. He is a founder, artistic director, and conductor of The Sounding Board, a Boston-based organization that addresses social issues through music. Under his leadership, TSB events have run in partnership with organizations such as the United Nations, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, The Boston Globe, National Defense University, Tufts’ Fletcher School, and New England Conservatory. He’s been a champion of new and innovative music, which has included conducting the world premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Gilgamesh on the Crooked River at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Glee music director-pianist Brad Ellis’s McGuffy’s Reeder for oboe solo with the UMBC Wind Ensemble.
Kaufman has additionally held leadership roles with numerous pilot arts-in-education programs. He was previously a mentor at the NPR syndicated music radio show From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership where he guided college and high school students in community music projects. He also served as a Resident Artist and conductor at an El Sistema program in Boston’s Conservatory Lab Charter School. In 2012, he was selected as the U.S. National Coordinator for the United Nations Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, which engaged over 1,000 youth from more than 40 countries and over 200,000 global citizens worldwide. As a researcher, he has been involved with consulting and assessment projects for arts organizations nationally through the Center for Music in Education (CMIE). His research areas include social impact through music, the global El Sistema movement, music teacher education, and beginning conducting pedagogy. Collectively, his work has led to international presentations on entrepreneurship, music, and creativity as vehicles for social change at institutions including the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and Yale University.
Professor Anna Rubin’s electroacoustic work, Salty and Sweet, was part of the program produced by Núcleo Música Nova at the Centro Cultural Sesi, at the Universidade Estadual do Parana, Brazil, July 22, 2017.