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Dr. Orlando Legname, Music Department Chair, Associate Professor
Audio Arts I, Audio Arts II, Audio Arts III, Audio Arts IV and Chamber Orchestra


Year Hired: 2000

Tenure Status: Tenured 2010

Degrees Earned:
D.M.A in Composition from The University of Maryland
M.A. in Music from Sao Paulo State University
B.A. in Music from Sao Paulo State University

Dr. Orlando Legname is a composer, conductor, theorist and Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert. He received his degree of Doctor of Music Arts in Composition from University of Maryland and has taught in the Music Technology program at New York University. Currently, he holds a position of Chair of the Music Department at SUNY Oneonta where he started the Audio Production program and the Chamber Orchestra. Legname received several research grants for Development of New Electronic Music Instruments. He was the recipient of the College’s Academic Excellence Award for Innovative Uses of Instructional Technology and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellency in Creative Activities. Dr. Legname has received numerous awards and honors for his compositions, including the Walsum Award (First Prize) at the University of Maryland (1999), and the Best Music for Theater of 1990 Award from the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Art Critics Association) in Brazil. Dr. Legname’s numerous compositions are frequently performed in the United States and Europe. His publications include a textbook entitled Audio Arts Production (Erudition Books: North Chelmsford) written specifically for his students at SUNY Oneonta. His recent lecture Searching for Semantics in Music: A Global Discourse was published as a chapter of the book Imagining Globalization. As Manager and Musical Director of ARTIUM Arts Center in São Paulo (1987-1996), Legname served as Executive Producer and arranger of numerous CD recordings, as well as Music Director of instructional video titles and composer of five theatrical plays. As a musician, he performed on movie sound tracks and in jingles for television commercials.



Dr. Julie Licata, Assistant Professor,


Year Hired: 2008

Tenure Status: Eligible 2015

Degrees held:
B.M. in Performance from Capital University (2002)
M.M. in Performance from University of South Carolina (2005)
D.M.A. in Performance from University of North Texas (2009)

Dissertation: “Physical Gesture, Spatialization, Form and Transformation in Watershed I/IV, for Solo Percussion and Real-Time Computer Spatialization by Roger Reynolds”

Julie Licata has served as Assistant Professor of Music at State University of New York, College at Oneonta since the fall of 2008. At Oneonta, Julie teaches ensembles and private lessons that span a wide range of percussion instruments and styles, including West African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan, Brazilian Samba, solo marimba, orchestral percussion and drum set. Specific ensembles taught include the World Percussion Ensemble and the Classical Percussion Ensemble, as well as the SUNY Oneonta Drum Line (a.k.a The Drag'n Rolls). Julie also regularly teaches Music Cultures of the World and Music for Listeners, a survey of Western classical music.
Julie's current performance and research focus lies in contemporary music performance, specifically solo and chamber percussion music with interactive computer processing. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled  “Physical Gesture, Spatialization, Form and Transformation in Watershed I/IV, for Solo Percussion and Real-Time Computer Spatialization by Roger Reynolds” includes several analytical approaches demonstrated through embedded video excerpts of her performances of Watershed IV.  The document also includes lengthy interviews with Roger Reynolds, Steven Schick and her musical partner/engineer, Greg Dixon.  Interviews topics range from the creation and performance of Watershed to the preservation of electronic music. As an advocate and active performer of new music, Julie has developed relationships with many great composers, premiering and commissioning numerous works over the last ten years by composers such as Thomas Licata, Greg Dixon, Chapman Welch and Scott Comanzo. Significant recent performances include: Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Music Focus Week at SUNY Oneonta, New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, NOW Music Festival at Capital University and numerous performances at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas.
In addition to contemporary music performance, Julie is also active in the field of ethnomusicology.  Julie spent the summer of 2008 performing, recording and transcribing traditional drumming of the Ewe people in the Volta Region of Ghana.  These transcriptions and recordings are invaluable tools used in her classes every semester.  She is planning to travel to Indonesia in the next few years to expand her repertoire of traditional gamelan music.


Mr. Robert Lipari, Adjunct Lecturer Applied Music,
Percussion Ensemble, Advanced Percussion, Arranging for Drumset and Rock Combo.


Degrees Earned: B.A in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music

In addition to his work as a percussion, Robert is schooled in guitar, composition, orchestration and arranging, He performs and records regularly with various ensembles and bands including The Swindlers and Eye Jazz Eye. He has written and recorded original scores for various student films and documentaries including "Winter '44," "Roses in December: The Son of Mohegan Island" and "The Birds." He is currently working on an instructional book entitled "The Timekeeping System" and a textbook entitled "Arranging for Drumset."

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