Liza's work integrates historical trombone pedagogy with mainstream teaching and performing. Her dissertation, titled "Sounding History: A Diminution Method for Modern Trombonists," uses early modern sources to create a method book for trombonists based on sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century diminution manuals. Available on ProQuest in June.
Projects have delved into connections between historical experience and culture with modern perception, appreciation, and accessibility of early music. Liza is especially interested in performing works beyond what has already congealed into a modern day early music canon. She also seeks to integrate audiences and participants who may not have easy access to the music. Past concerts have included the following:
Singen und Sagen: Music for Hope in a Time of War: Presented by the American Musicological Society (2017), this concert integrated polychoral music from Praetorius's Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica with eyewitness accounts of the Thirty Years War. Over sixty participants -- students, alumni, faculty, and community musicians from the Rochester area -- participated in a free concert that emphasized the transcendence of music through times of hardship and despair. Video can be found here.
A Festive German Christmas: In collaboration with The Weckmann Project and New York-based vocal collective Musica Nuova, this concert transformed Heinrich Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie into a semi-staged, family-centric performance. Performed in the original German with period instruments, the concert welcomed new audiences in Brooklyn and Cambridge, many of whom had never heard anything by Schütz or experienced a live performance of early music before. Children sat at the front of the hall to experience the action up close, and were treated to an early instrument "petting zoo" after the shows.
17th Century Music for Trombones and Voices: In collaboration with Greg Ingles and the trombone collective Colla Parte, this concert featured rarely-performed works by Ahle, Schütz, Hammerschmidt, and Scheidt for trombones and voices. Video can be found here.
"The Wartime Trombones of Schütz's Dresden: Trombone Affekt and Availability in Auf dem Gebirge (SWV 396)," Thirty Years of War: Henrich Schütz and Music in Protestant Germany, Boston University, May 11-12, 2018
“Higher, Faster, Louder — Or Not! Applying Historical Brass Techniques to Modern Performances of Gabrieli’s Music,” Indiana University Historical Performance Institute Conference, 2017
“The World of the Sackbut: The Trombone in the Renaissance and Beyond,” Tulsa Chamber Music Society, 2017
“The World of the Sackbut: The Trombone in the Renaissance and Beyond,” Brisch Center for Early Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, March 2017
+ FORTHCOMING PROJECTS
Liza looks forward to co-editing Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy with Rebecca Cypess and Lynette Bowring.
Her article, "Higher, Faster, Louder? Applying Historical Brass Techniques to Modern Performances of Gabrieli's Music," will appear in the October issue of the International Trombone Association Journal.