Stony Brook University Department of Music Alumni 

C&C--Department of Music Alumni

Welcome to Stony Brook University’s Music Department Alumni Page. Stony Brook alumni perform and teach professionally around the world. Check this page for information on alumni and important departmental news.

C&C--Department of Music Alumni

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Sheila Silver

Sheila Silver, PhD, Named 2013 Guggenheim Fellow

Sheila Silver, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Department of Music at Stony Brook University, was named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Often called midcareer awards, the Guggenheim Fellowship is based on distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for the future. Professor Silver’s Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Creative Arts/Music Competition was awarded for work on her next opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. Silver began her work with a six-month stay in Pune, India, studying Hindustani music in preparation for beginning her new opera. She studied Hindustani music with master singer, Professor Narayan Bodas, and also studied the tabla, a percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music. She is now working on composition.

Billy Joel Piano
Joel Foundation Donates Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano

Grammy Award-winning artist and recent Kennedy Center Honoree, Billy Joel, through The Joel Foundation, has once again generously provided for students and faculty in the Stony Brook Music Department by donating another premiere concert piano; this time it’s a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, considered the “Rolls Royce” of pianos. The Bosendorfer has nine more keys than a conventional piano, which enables a completely new octave and elicits a huge, rich, luxurious tone. Worth $250,000, the high-end concert grand piano is housed in Staller Center recital hall where it has been played by members of the piano faculty and piano students in the graduate program.