Department News and Accoladesapplause

We are excited to report on both faculty and student news/accomplishments in their respective fields of research, teaching, service, scholarship and creative works.


Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Matt Zebley, will be a featured artist as part of the 2021 Concord Jazz Festival. He will perform original compositions and arrangements with his band, Oversize Quartet, at the Concord Historical Society on August 8th, 1-3pm.

DVC Music Professor, Dr. Terence Elliotthonored at the 10th annual A2MEND (African American Male Education Network and Development) conference at the LAX Westin in Los Angeles.

MIS student August Alsina reaches 13 million hits on YouTube with his song "Song Cry"

MIS part-time instructor Jon Bendich and Tara Kemp win Best R&B song for "Paris In Spring" from http://www.theakademia.com/

Bret Peppo will be conducting the 2016 Alabama All-State Honor Choir in Birmingham, Alabama, March 3-6. 

Dr. Nick Vasallo won a Honorable Mention award for The American Prize in Composition: Chamber Music (Professional Division) 2015 for When the War Began. He was also a Finalist for The American Prize in Composition: Band Music (Professional Division) 2015 for Antares Rising.