A native of Turkey Füsun Köksal studied composition at Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Ankara-Turkey with Bujor Hoinic. After completing her undergraduate studies she studied composition with Prof. Krzysztof Meyer and theory (Künstlerische Tonsatz) with Prof. Johannes Schild at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Köksal holds a PhD in composition, minoring in theory from the University of Chicago, studied with Prof. Marta Ptaszynska, Prof. Shulamit Ran.
Köksal’s awards include third prize at the 6th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition (2008), finalist at the 2nd International Composer’s Competition, Reggello, Italy (2005), and second prize at the 3rd International German-Polish Composition Prize (1998). She won regional awards of the SCI/ASCAP student composition commission each year from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, she was nominated for the 3rd International Pablo Casals Award in France.
Her music has been performed several times in Europe and North America and programmed at festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Berliner Festspiele-MaerzMuzik(2013),Via Stellae Festival (Spain), Turkkfest (England), Fertile Crescent (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University). The prominent ensembles and performers who have featured her music include Derek Bermel, Ensemble Modern Academy, Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble Calliopée, Orchestre Nationale de Lorraine, Arditti String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10:10 Ensemble, Ensemble Fire-Wire, Dafo Quartet, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Vertix Sonore, Hezarfen Ensemble, and Bilkent Ensemble.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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MUSC 0160 - Music Theory I: Fundamentals
Music Theory I: Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the basic elements and theoretical concepts of Western music. We will focus on such topics as basic keyboard skills, sight singing, musical notation, rhythm, and harmony. Theoretical work and drills will be combined with compositional and performance projects. The goal of the course is to expand students’ musical intuition and skill and to provide the technical basis for further music study. No prior musical experience is required. (Students who wish to take upper-level composition or music theory courses must either complete this course or pass a theory and musicianship test administered by the department to demonstrate equivalent experience.) (Formerly MUSC 0109). 2.5 hrs. lect.
MUSC 0209 - Music I
Music I focuses on the materials and grammar of music through compositional exercises. As part of these explorations, we will examine the elements of harmony (scales, triads and seventh chords), notation, rhythm, polyrhythm, binary and ternary forms, two-voice counterpoint, variation, transposition, as well as skills in conducting, analysis, ear-training, and sight-singing. Students will write short pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles, notate their pieces, and rehearse and perform them, thereby learning about music through discovery and observation. The assignments are designed for students with or without compositional experience. (Ability to play an instrument or sing; MUSC 0109 or 0160, or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab.
MUSC 0260 - Music Theory II: Diatonic
Music Theory II: Diatonic Theory
This course is an in-depth technical study of the materials of music, a study which expands one’s ability to analyze and create music and to understand different musical styles. We will cover harmonic materials, introduce musical form, and work with traditional compositional skills. These techniques are applied to the analysis of classical music, jazz and popular music. (MUSC 0160 or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
MUSC 0261 - Music Theory III: Chromatic
Music Theory III: Chromatic Theory
This course is a continuation of MUSC 0260. Students study more advanced harmonic devices including modulation and chromaticism, jazz harmony and post-tonal techniques. In-depth analysis of classical music, jazz, and popular music supports a more advanced study of musical form. (MUSC 0260) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
MUSC 0500 - Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.
MUSC 0704 - Senior Work
Senior work is not required of all music majors and joint majors. However, students interested in and eligible for departmental honors (see guideline above, in "Departmental Honors" section) may propose one or two-semester Senior Work projects. Projects may be in history, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, performance, or electronic music, and should culminate in a written presentation, a public performance, or a combination of the two. MUSC0704 does not count as a course toward fulfillment of the music major.
Project and budget proposals for Independent Study and Senior Work should be submitted by the previous April 1 for fall and winter term projects, and the previous October 15 for spring term projects. Budget proposals will not be considered after those dates. Project proposals will be considered after the deadline but are more likely not to be approved due to previous commitments of faculty advisors or other scheduling reasons.