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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Matthew Franke

Music History

Childers Hall, Room 3017
(202) 806-7089


Dr. Matthew Franke is currently a Lecturer in Music and coordinator of the B.M. in Music History.

He received his B.A. in music from the University of Puget Sound (2007), and his M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to Howard, he taught music history, theory, and popular music appreciation at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.

Dr. Franke’s research focuses on French and Italian opera in the 1890s, with a particular focus on the Italian reception of Jules Massenet’s operas. His dissertation research (“The Impact of Jules Massenet’s Opera’s in Milan, 1893–1903”) was partially funded by a grant from the Council for European Studies. He has presented papers on a variety of topics at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and the Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, as well as at international conferences in Italy and the United Kingdom.

He recently published an article (“Massenet’s Italian Trip of 1894 and the Politics of Cultural Translation”) in the volume Massenet and the Mediterranean World (Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2015). He has reviewed books on opera for Notes: The Journal of the Music Library Association and the Indiana Theory Review.

He is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the American Institute for Verdi Studies.

Dr. Franke currently teaches the following courses, as well as courses required for the B.M. in music history:

• Music Literature to 1600
• Music Literature of the Baroque and Classical Eras
• Music Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
• Fundamentals of Music
• Introduction to Music (non-music majors)

Additional information about Matthew Franke can be found here.



On-Campus Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission
were held on January 26 and March 2, 2019. Interested students who did not audition on those dates may request a special appointment by contacting the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator ASAP.

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Join us in April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2019. Many events are free and open to the public!

Howard U Jazz Week 2019 Sidebar Calendar
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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces HU Jazz Oral History Project
Dr. Dawkins will introduce the website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach). This work may be found in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at http://library.howard.edu/jazz/.

Photo of Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.Dr. Dawkins will also discuss the evolution of Jazz Education at Howard University.

Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Mar 7, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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