School of Music

Andrew Speight Memorial

Please join us in celebrating the memory of Andrew Speight's life on Saturday, April 8, 2023 in Knuth Hall at 2pm. Watch this space for more details on performances and guest speakers. Want to participate? Please reach out to with questions and for a survey link to sign up with.

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Campus community pays tribute to women of Iran through music, poetry

San Francisco State University students, faculty and alumni are coming together for several events this month supporting women’s rights in Iran. Admission is free. 

Professor Persis Karim, director of the San Francisco State Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, organized the events with Music Professor Hafez Modirzadeh. Karim says the events are a tribute to the “brave women, girls and youth of Iran and, more importantly, students, who continue to fight for their rights even in the midst of severe state violence.”

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Jeonghyeon Joo, Modern Haegeum Performance Techniques

Jeonghyeon Joo explores aesthetics and the world beyond the action of bowing, questioning what is beyond the body, sound, and movement of herself and her instrument. It first draws the aesthetic meaning of the bowing itself by putting a microscopic lens to the physicality of the haegeum and the performing body. It then captures the moment of connection and disconnection between them and expands its perspective to the environment and socio-cultural context surrounding the haegeum and body.

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Victoria Neve performs George Crumb's Metamorphoses, Book I (2017)

San Francisco premiere of George Crumb's Metamorphoses Book I, Ten Fantasy-Pieces (after celebrated paintings), for amplified piano. Performed by SF State piano professor, Dr. Victoria Neve.

The set features various extended piano techniques, including direct strumming and plucking of strings, the use of harmonics, and special pedal effects.

George Crumb (1929-2022) cites Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition as inspiration, "the idea of transforming visual art into sound. . .I sometimes wonder if this sort of artistic reincarnation would even be possible without the application of a kind of musical 'black magic.

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