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Noted Violist And Composer Eyvind Kang,  Clarinetist Dr. Peggy Dees, Join Cornish Music Faculty

July 24, 2012

Cornish College of the Arts today announced that two noted musicians would be joining the Cornish Music Department faculty this fall as adjunct instructors: violist, violinist, and composer Eyvind Kang and clarinetist Peggy Dees.
These two new adjunct faculty members join fifteen fulltime and approximately fifty adjunct faculty members comprising the Cornish College of the Arts music faculty.

“I’m thrilled that Eyvind and Peggy have agreed to join our already impressive roster of instrumental performance faculty,” said Cornish Music Department Chair Kent Devereaux. “I’m especially excited to have Eyvind, who’s a Cornish alum himself, bring his unique musical perspective to our growing instrumental program.”

Violist and violinist Eyvind Kang has worked extensively with Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, and Jessika Kenney. He has also written string arrangements for Sunn O))) Blonde Redhead, and many other bands. He co-founded and co-directs, along with Jim Knapp, the improvisational string orchestra Scrape.

Kang can be heard on over 60 records; in addition he has released many acclaimed albums of his own compositions, including most recently Grass (2012, Tzadik) and The Narrow Garden (2012, Ipecac). Kang earned a Bachelor of Music degree (’94) at Cornish College of the Arts where he studied with noted jazz violinist Michael White. He has also studied with the South Indian violinist Dr. N. Rajam.

Clarinetist Peggy Dees has performed with ensembles throughout the United States, China, and Russia. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, at the age of 21, Dees won a position as clarinetist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.
Dees subsequently went on to get her DMA in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University, where her doctoral thesis examined the teaching and learning styles of prominent clarinet teachers throughout the United States. Her articles on teaching regularly appear in The Clarinet. Her primary teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Richard MacDowell, Robert Marcellus and John Weigand. She has also worked with Larry Combs, Russ Dagon, Stanley Hasty, John Mohler, Fred Ormand, and Gregory Smith.

Dr. Dees also brings a wealth of experience performing–in the recording studio, in pit orchestras, and with varied ensembles large and small. She also commissions new works for clarinet; recent commissions include compositions by David Maslanka, Scott McAllister and Jeff Brooks.