Silverman, Faye-Ellen

Faye-Ellen Silverman

Faye-Ellen Silverman
DMA, Music Composition, Columbia University; AM, Music Composition, Harvard University
Part-Time Associate Teaching Professor, Mannes School of Music

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Areas of Expertise:
Music history, particularly 20th- and 21st-century music; women in music; music composition
Faye-Ellen Silverman teaches music history at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as ear training, music dictation, and music theater courses. She began her music studies before the age of four at the Dalcroze School of Music and first achieved national recognition by winning the Parents League Competition, judged by Leopold Stokowski, at the age of 13. She is a founding member of the composers’ collective Music Under Construction and a founding board member of the International Women’s Brass Conference. Ms. Silverman is the author of several published articles, record reviews for the Baltimore Sun, and the 20th century section of the Schirmer History of Music. In her scholarly capacity, she has served as an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Association of University Women. In 2009, she received a grant from the U.S. State department to lecture in Vilnius, Lithuania. As a pianist,, she has recorded for Radio Cologne (WDR). She has also performed at the International Festival of Experimental Music in Bourges, France; at the Library of Congress; and as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Courses Taught:
  • Faust in Music
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • Musical Vienna Then and Now
  • Orpheus: Myth in Music
  • The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim
  • The Music of Gershwin and Bernstein
  • The Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Avant-Garde Music: 1950–1975
  • Diaghilev: The Music That Inspired the Ballets
  • Graduate History Review (Baroque Through the 20th century)
  • History of the Symphony
  • Music of the 1920s
  • Music Since 1980 (retitled Music of Our Time)
  • Revolutionary Music: 1900–1914
  • The American Crossover Tradition: Gershwin and Bernstein
  • The Music of Bartók and Stravinsky
  • The Music of Debussy and Ravel
  • The Music of Britten and Shostakovich
  • The Music of Prokofiev and Stravinsky
  • The Music of the Weimar Republic
  • 20th-Century Opera
Recent Publications:
Conversations Continued (Seesaw Music Corp., 2011) (composition for alto flute and clarinet)
Edinboro Sonata (Seesaw Music Corp., 2009) (composition for tuba and piano)
The Wings of Night (Seesaw Music Corp., 2009) (composition for mezzo and baritone soloists, chorus, and guitar)
Transatlantic Tales (Albany Records, 2011)
Manhattan Stories (Albany Records, 2008)
“Taming the Furies” on Points of Entry: The Laurels Project, Vol. 2 (Capstone, 2008) (composition for solo flute)

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