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Achievements & Awards

The Department of Music salutes 2020 Deans' Award winners

We would like to congratulate four winners of the 2020 Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement, each of whom have included the Department of Music in their Stanford activities while majoring in other areas: 

  • Léa Bourgade (upper left) is a senior majoring in Human Biology. Having played the violin for 17 years, she seeks to combine her musical background with her love of neuroscience to study the intersections between art and the mind. She studies violin with Stanford violin faculty Robin Sharp.

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert features Mahan Esfahani (Music, '05)

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (Music, '05) appeared on a recently-aired episode of NPR's long-running in-studio music show, Tiny Desk Concert. Mahan's visit turned out to be the very first Tiny Desk harpsichord recital! His 20-minute program included works by Domenico Scarlatti, jazz pianist and composer Mel Powell, and Johann Pachelbel. | Watch Mahan Esfahani's Tiny Desk Concert.


Composer and ud player Necati Çelik named as Visiting Artist Fund recipient

The Office of the Vice President for the Arts at Stanford University has announced the first artists in the new Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning (VAF). The program brings international artists into Stanford classrooms in order to provide a stimulus in artistic thinking and aesthetic perspectives to disciplines across the university. VAF plans to insert practicing artists into a variety of environments on campus, preferably for a full academic quarter.

Paul Phillips receives ASCAP Plus Award

In November 2018, Associate Professor (Conducting) and Director of Orchestral Studies Paul Phillips received an ASCAP Plus Award for 2018. The ASCAP Plus Awards program rewards ASCAP writer members of children's music, concert music, jazz, and musical theatre with a value beyond the scope of performance surveys. All award decisions are made by distinguished members of the music community who are neither members no


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