A concert honoring the retirement of David Fuller, professor of music, organist and director of the UB Organ Performance Program, will be held May 18 at 3 p.m. in Slee Concert Hall. The public is invited and no admission will be charged. Fuller is retiring after 34 years as professor of music at UB and a teaching career that spans 47 years.
Among the performers will be William Christie, founder of the Paris-based ensemble Les Arts Florissants, who will receive an honorary degree from SUNY at UB's 151st commencement May 18; Lisa Goode Crawford, professor of harpsichord at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Japan; Roland E. Martin, a member of the UB music faculty and a noted organist, and David Higgs, one of America's leading concert organists and head of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music. The first part of the program will be works for harpsichord; the second part will feature works for organ.
Fuller's efforts over two decades were key in the design and installation of UB's Fisk organ, one of North America's most distinguished concert hall organs.
Fuller is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on the performance of baroque music. He has had a career that encompassed teaching, research, performance and recording, and has authored articles, book chapters, reviews and notes. His recordings include the Penn Fantasy for harpsichord and, with William Christie, works of Armand-Louis Couperin. He has published an edition of Handel organ concertos and an edition of harpsichord duets by A. L. Couperin.
Highly regarded as a concert and church organist, he has performed and taught harpsichord performance in the UB music program.
He received an A.B. in music history in 1949, an A.M. in 1950 and a doctorate in 1965 from Harvard University. Before being appointed to the UB music faculty in 1963, he was an instructor in music at Robert College, Istanbul, and taught at Bradford Junior College and Dartmouth College.