Stanford faculty honored with Guggenheim Fellowships

(Photo by Nicholas Jensen) December 21, 2006 - Stanford composer Jonathan Berger's piece "Tears in Your Hand" will get its U.S. premiere in January by the Gryphon Trio through Stanford Lively Arts. The piece is based on a Yiddish song. (photo by Nicholas Jensen)
Jonathan Berger (Photo by Nicholas Jensen)

Music faculty JONATHAN BERGER and GE WANG have been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The fellowships are awarded to midcareer individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

In addition, KATRINA KARKAZIS, a senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, in the Stanford School of Medicine, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for science writing.

Berger, a professor of music, received his fellowship for composition, and Wang, an assistant professor of music, was awarded for music research. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months.

On the heels of the Guggenheim announcement is news from the American Academy in Rome that Berger also has been awarded the Rome Prize for music composition. The prize goes to artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence.

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Ge Wang (Photo courtesy Ge Wang)

Together, Berger’s Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize will support three major dramatic vocal works over the coming two years, including a work for soprano JULIA BULLOCK and members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Society, an oratorio for voices and orchestra setting stories told by refugee parents to their displaced children. Another project will integrate computer modeling to imagine and recreate sounds of extinct species and lost ecosystems. “The awards of these prizes are in recognition of my recent operas, My Lai, and Visitations, which sets a path to further explore the synthesis of voice, instruments and technology, as a means to express the fragility of the human condition,” Berger said.

Katrina Karkazis
Katrina Karkazis (Photo credit: Lisa Keating)

Wang’s fellowship will support the creation of his book project, The Art of Computer Music Design (working title), a manifesto of artful design in an age of technology, to be published by Stanford University Press in 2017. “The book itself is a design experiment, being created using a radical, unconventional format. More broadly, I greatly look forward to continuing explorations into the ever-present but tacit dimension of design. I am deeply honored to be named a Guggenheim Fellow, especially as a researcher who works not in a traditional discipline but at an intersection of music, engineering and design,” he said.

The Guggenheim Fellowship will support Karkazis’s research on testosterone and her book, T: The Unauthorized Biography. According to the Medical School’s website, her work focuses on scientific and medical beliefs about gender, sexuality and the body.