Lynn Raley, associate professor of music, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach music at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, during the 2012-13 academic year.
While teaching abroad, Raley will perform American piano music at the
Tapei International New Music Festival 2012
"This award is an extraordinary honor for Lynn, international recognition of his contributions to the creative world of contemporary music. This guest professorship will allow him to share his passion for performing cutting-edge music, pursue his own interests in Chinese musical traditions and collaborate with local Taiwanese composers," said David Davis, associate dean of Arts & Letters. "Lynn has established a strong reputation at Millsaps for his Heritage lectures on music history and his courses on world music and jazz. This year-long experience will allow him to bring new ideas back to our students and enrich their understanding and appreciation of music."
Raley will teach in the Institute of Music at the university.
"The music faculty there is very impressive," Raley said. "One of my primary interests is the performance of new music, and the institute has a strong program in contemporary music, with four composers on faculty. NCTU sits in Taiwan's 'Silicon Valley,' and so it's not surprising that the Institute of Music has a state-of-the-art computer composition studio."
While in Taiwan, Raley plans to research young composers who are synthesizing Eastern and Western music traditions.
The Institute of Music at the university also has a focus on early music and have asked Raley's wife, Rachel Heard, assistant professor of music at Millsaps, to present lecture-recitals on 18th century performance practice on the fortepiano, which is her area of expertise. She will also provide performance coaching.
Going to Taiwan will be a homecoming for Raley who spent 16 years in the country before attending college in the United States. He last visited the country in 1999 while setting up a study abroad course in China.
"I'm excited about giving our 13-year-old daughter Gillian the experience of living there for a year," Raley said.
Raley has taught at Millsaps since 2002. He has degrees from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts where he earned a doctor of musical arts degree. He can be heard in contemporary solo and ensemble works on the Leonarda and Capstone compact disc labels.
The Fulbright award is a prestigious award from the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright awards are intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and people of other countries. The awards are highly competitive and awarded on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Forty-three Fulbright alumni have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and 75 have received Pulitzers.