Campus: CSU Northridge -- March 20, 2002
CSUN Music Professor Named a Fulbright Scholar
Cal State Northridge music professor Daniel Kessner has been awarded
a prestigious Fulbright scholar grant to lecture and conduct research
Kessner will not leave for the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany,
until next spring, but is already looking forward to the trip.
"I know a little bit about the school because CSUN has an exchange
program with it - we sent some of our students there and they sent some
of theirs here. They sent some terrific students to us and I am looking
forward to working with them," Kessner said.
Approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals receive Fulbright grants
each year to lecture and conduct research abroad. A similar number of
foreign scholars receive awards to come to the United States primarily
The U.S. State Department sponsors the Fulbright Scholar Program, which
involves more than 125 countries and aims to "increase mutual understanding
between people of the United States and the people of other countries."
Recipients are selected on their qualifications, potential and willingness
to share ideas. About 82,000 U.S. and foreign scholars have participated
in the program since its inception in 1946.
Kessner will be lecturing, composing and conducting while at the Musikhochschule
in Trossingen as well as in other parts of Europe. In particular, he
hopes to share his knowledge of contemporary and American classical
"I figure that they probably have loads of exposure to traditional
classical music, but less to contemporary and even less to American
music," he said. "That I can bring that [knowledge] to and
work with a different population of students is very exciting."
Kessner said he is sure that the German students and European audiences
are very familiar with such traditional composers as Johann Sebastian
Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms.
"But they are probably less familiar with the composers of the
last 100 years, everything from (Igor) Stravinski and (Béla)
Bartók and a lot of composers who are still alive, and in particular
American composers such as (Aaron) Copeland and George Crum," Kessner
said. "It's going to be exciting sharing ideas and exposing them
to new music."
Kessner, who has taught at CSUN for the past 32 years, also hopes the
new location will inspire his own creativity.
"I'm a composer, and the fact is I tend to do more composition
when I'm not teaching here," he said. "The workload at CSUN
is rather intense. I write more when I'm someplace else. I guess it's
the variety of the location and the excitement of being someplace new."