COLLABORATION

AN ARTIST’S APPROACH

The diverse professional activities of Colombian born conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue, Dr. César Leal, often intersect. His interest in interdisciplinarity and collaboration inform his scholarly and artistic projects and reflect his passion for teaching as well as his love for Liberal Arts education.

Leal’s research interests include music and culture during fin-de-siècle Paris, Franco-American artistic interactions, soundscapes, Jewish patronage and modernism, Latin American cultural identities in the U.S., and race, class, and gender relations in music. He received the prestigious Kennedy Fellowship, which supported his scholarly and creative projects between 2017-2019.

His musicological output involves scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications as well as interdisciplinary creative projects. He has presented scholarly papers in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Japan, Italy, France, England, Peru, Colombia, and Switzerland. In 2018, Leal was invited by Musikproduktion Hoeflich to join the project Repertoire Explorer Series, for which he produces introductory essays for new editions of works by Parisian composers of fin-de-siècle Paris such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Pierné, and Camille Chevillard.

In 2018, Leal collaborated with Greg Pond (visual artist), Banning Bouldin (choreographer), Jessica Usherwood (soprano), and Charles Stehno (computer programmer) in the interdisciplinary project Guncotton, which received the 2018 ArtPrize award. His scholarly contributions include “Écouter le Scandale et la Transgression: Les Modèles Révisionnistes de l’Histriographie Musicale Basés sur l’Étude Du Paysage Sonore” (Nîmes: Lucie Éditions, 2015), and “Sponsoring and Constructing Modernism: Jewish Patronage, Entrepreneurs, and Cultural Mediation in Paris during Fin-de-siècle” (forthcoming—Ad Parnasum). Currently Leal and recognized musicologist Diana Hallman are editing a collection of essays entitled “America in the French Imaginary.”

SCHEDULE

PAST AND FUTURE PROGRAMS

04.23.22

| Opera (TBA)

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College

Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra and Opera Workshop

04.22.22

| Opera (TBA)

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College

Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra and Opera Workshop

03.26.22

| EnVaGe Concert

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College


Scheherazade

Ensemble of Variable Geometry (EnVaGe)

Works by Carreño, López-Gavilan, and Rimsky-Korsakov

03.11.22

| Recording Session

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College


Guaguancó

Ensemble of Variable Geometry (EnVaGe)

Guido López-Gavilán

03.10.22

| Recording Session

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College


Guaguancó

Ensemble of Variable Geometry (EnVaGe)

Guido López-Gavilán

03.09.22

| Recording Session

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College 


Guaguancó

Ensemble of Variable Geometry (EnVaGe)

Guido López-Gavilán

02.23.22

| PMEA Concert

Dallastown, PA


PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) 

Districts 7 and 8

Works by Borodin, Adams, Roustom, and Márquez

02.18.22

| Conservatory Concert

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College – Livestream Available


Voices

Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra

Featuring American Premiere of Marie Jaëll Cello concerto

(Sebastién Hurtaud, cello and artist in residence)

01.07.22

| Paper Presentation

Modern Language Association Annual Meeting

Washington, DC


Session: Studies in Music and Theater

“The Cakewalk and Parisian Visions of Black America

12.03.21

| Conservatory Concert

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College – Livestream Available


Concerto Competition Winners

Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra

Works by Roustom, Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, and Schubert

11.19.21

| Paper Presentation

Friday Forum – Gettysburg College


“Cakewalking in Paris: New Representations and Contexts

of African American Culture”

11.11.21

| Paper Presentation

American Musicological Society Annual Meeting


Session: Dance Narratives

“Cakewalking in Paris: New Representations and Contexts

of African American Culture”

11.10.21

Jewish Music Forum: A Project of the ASJM


Registration is free and available online.

Jewishness, Jewish Identity and Music Culture in 19th Century

Europe

11.07.21

| Adjudication

Alabama All-State Orchestra Auditions – Virtual

11.06.21

| Adjudication

Alabama All-State Orchestra Auditions – Virtual

10.07.21

| Conservatory Concert

Majestic Theater – Gettysburg College – Livestream Available


Together

Sunderman Conservatory Orchestra

Works by Bruckner, Satie, Ginastera, Stravinsky, and Bermúdez

09.17.21

| Concerto Competition

Paul Recital Hall – Schmucker Hall – Gettysburg College


Livestream Available

08.20.21

| Adjudication

Stevenson High School – Chicago, IL


Stevenson Concerto Competition

08.19.21

| Conducting Workshop

Stevenson High School – Chicago, IL


Stevenson Strings

08.19.21

| Conducting Workshop

Stevenson High School –  Chicago, IL


Stevenson Strings