Aaron S. Allen

Aaron S. Allen, Ph.D., is director of the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and associate professor of music. A native of rural Appalachia, he earned his B.S. (environmental studies) and B.A. (music) at Tulane University. Dr. Allen then earned a Ph.D. in music at Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Paul Mellon Rome Prize and spent the 2011-12 academic year at the American Academy in Rome.

Before being appointed the director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies in 2015, Dr. Allen served as UNCG’s (The University of North Carolina Greensboro) first Academic Sustainability Coordinator. He worked with faculty to increase and improve sustainability throughout UNCG, especially through workshops on how to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. His environmental leadership began with three years as president of the student environmental organization at Tulane, where he led efforts to institutionalize sustainability. Dr. Allen continues to serve on the executive committee of the UNCG Sustainability Council. He is also a member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and a member of the board of directors of Population Connection.

Dr. Allen co-founded and for five years chaired the Ecocriticism Study Group of the American Musicological Society, and he co-founded and chaired the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Allen’s conference presentations on ecomusicology include venues in music scholarship (e.g., the American Musicological Society and the Society for Ethnomusicology), interdisciplinary studies (e.g., 19th-Century Studies Association), and environmental studies (e.g., American Society for Environmental History, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences); he has given invited lectures at institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.

After completing a dissertation on Beethoven reception in nineteenth-century Italy, Dr. Allen has continued to develop this unusual field of reception studies. He has delivered conference presentations and invited talks and has published papers on the topic. He is slowly working on a book tentatively entitled Fidelio in Italy: Beethoven Reception, Historiography, and the Crisis of 19th-Century Opera. Dr. Allen travels to Italy frequently and offers a unique travel class that combines music and sustainability studies.

Aaron is originally from rural West Virginia, and his interests as an outdoorsman, environmentalist, and woodworker result from his time on the family farm, where he recently hand built a solar-powered log cabin with and for his parents.

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Lilian Maria Tonella Tüzün

Brazilian by nationality and Turkish by citizen, Lilian Maria Tonella Tüzün is pianist focused on contemporary music, researcher, Director of the International Istanbul Ceren Necipoglu Harp Festival, Department Coordinator of Erasmus+ and Head of the Piano Department of the State Conservatory of Anadolu University. Author of History of the Piano in Brazil (USA) and Piano in Brazil (Turkey), coauthor of Music Therapy in Turkey (UK) and Latin America in World Politics (Turkey), besides other articles related to refugee and immigrant problems in international journals. She recorded for Callisto label Virtuoso, Ministry of Culture of Brazil Willy Corrêa de Oliveira piano music, Çagsav Empathy in the Sky and the album New Music for Kanun and Piano.

Winner of several piano competitions, she was awarded by Anadolu University Art Prize (2017), honored by Council at the Order of Rio Branco of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Brazil with the Ordem do Rio Branco at level of Official in recognition of the excellence of services rendered to Brazil (2018) and honored by Cagfen Association in the Artist Category of the city with the tribute Woman's Hand (2020).

Currently she investigates the principles and opportunities of collective digital piano classes shaped in favor to the community, specially Alzheimer's patients, Autism, Down Syndrome, children and elderly people from peripheral groups, the refugees and excluded population. Besides that, she is focusing on cross-cultural areas and projects of adhesion of contemporary art in the post-pandemic and challenging world of global climate change

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