Current Music Program News

Photo of Rick Davies Dr. Rick Davies Honored for Excellence

Dr. Rick Davies has won the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. This award goes to SUNY faculty members who have demonstrated sound and sustained scholarship in the sciences, humanities, and professional studies or consistent creative productivity in the fine and performing arts.

During his time with the music department, both his reputation and the volume of his work have continued to grow. Over his 10 years on campus, Davies has produced nine CDs - two of which are made up entirely of songs he either wrote or co-wrote. His 2006 "Siempre Salsa" has done especially well, receiving a airplay around the globe, with selections making the top 10 charts in Italy, Japan and Colombia.

Davies has breathed new life into the North Country and Burlington music scene, performing live up to 50 times a year and bringing renowned artists into the area. He has also performed in cities around the globe, including Montreal, Canada; Amsterdam, Holland; Sydney, Australia; Oaxaca, Mexico; Cali, Colombia; Budapest, Hungary; Tokyo, Japan; Regensburg, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago. Read more.

Photo of Timothy MorningstarTimothy Morningstar Honored for Excellence

Timothy Morningstar was selected to receive the 2008-2009 Teaching Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty, which honors adjunct faculty who have demonstrated consistent, effective and outstanding teaching. “Tim Morningstar’s colleagues praise his service as a ‘caring, involved, supportive and dedicated teacher, who sets and maintains high standards for his students,’” said SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling. “...he is known on campus for the opportunities he creates – for student performances and for cultural activities benefiting both the campus and the community,” added Ettling.

Students in Morningstar’s applied voices classes say that he has a good understanding of the material, is enthusiastic about his subject, is responsive to and respectful of students and provides helpful feedback. The majority of students in his voice and music appreciation classes give similar responses. Letters from his students have praised Morningstar for his diligence, intelligence and creativity. Read more.

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If you would like more information about the music program of SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Karen Becker, Chairperson
Phone: (518) 564-2477
Fax: (518) 564-2197

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Music
Myers Fine Arts 114
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901