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A WARM WELCOME TO THE NEWEST FACULTY MEMBERS - DR. GEORGE LAM AND DR. MACKENZIE ENNS

13 August 2020

We are excited to welcome two new faculty members, Dr. George Lam as Associate
Professor of Music and Dr. Mackenzie Enns as Research Assistant Professor of Music.

Acclaimed by New York Observer as “… an unpretentious gem.”, Dr. George Lam is a Hong
Kong-born composer who grew up in both Hong Kong and Winthrop, Massachusetts. Lam’s
works primarily on projects that intersect music, theatre, and placemaking. Recent works
include The Emigrants commissioned by New Morse Code, Shrewsbury Fair (2017) for Oak
Middle School in Shrewsbury, MA, A Story, Again, Misremembered (2017) written for the
2017 International Trombone Festival, String Quartet (2013) for the Romer String Quartet
(Hong Kong), Theseus and the Minotaur (2014) for the Asian Young Musicians Connection
(Taipei, Taiwan), Ross McElwee’s “Sherman’s March” (2014) for the Black House Collective
(Kansas City, MO), Citadel (2015) for Synergy Percussion (Sydney, Australia), and Carmina
Burana
(2015) for Hong Kong Voices.

As the 2018 Composer-in-Residence for the Chautauqua Opera Company, George created
two works for voice and piano (Sissieretta Jones, Carnegie Hall, 1902 / O patria mia on a
poem by Tyehimba Jess; Such Sweet Sorrow on a poem by Allison Joseph) and a new work
for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Underwater Acoustics on a poem by Rajiv Mohabir).
George’s recent operas include the 2018 collaborative opera Rumpelstiltskin, created with
co-composer Ruby Fulton and librettist John Clum, the 2015 one-act opera Heartbreak
Express
with a libretto by John Clum, and the 2011 one-act opera The Persistence of
Smoke
, with a libretto by North Carolina playwright John Justice that focused on the once-
thriving cigarette industry in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Lam is the recipient of a Queens Arts Council new works grant and a PSC-CUNY
Research Foundation award in support of his documentary chamber work The Emigrants
and his percussion duo Theseus and the Minotaur (2014). In addition, George was the
recipient of an American Music Center grant for his orchestral work The Queen’s
Gramophone (2009), as well as the Evan V. Frankel Fellowship in Humanities at Duke
University. Past fellowships and residencies include the Aspen Music Festival Schumann
Fellowship, the Dartington International Summer School Angus Allnatt Foundation
Fellowship, American Opera Projects’ “Composers & The Voice” workshop series, the
Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Composers Institute, and the Volti Choral Arts Laboratory
commissioning and residency program, for which he composed the choral work Words
Become Unlatched.
In 2011, George served as the Composer-In-Residence at the inaugural
Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists in St Louis, MO, where cellist Sara Sitzer
premiered the Suite for Cello.

Before joining HKBU, Dr. Lam was on faculty at York College, The City University of New
York. Dr. Lam is also a founding member of the artist-run new opera ensemble Rhymes With
Opera based in New York City.

To learn more about Dr. George Lam: https://www.gtlam.com/

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Dr. Mackenzie Enns holds a Ph.D in Music (Musicology), University of Western Ontario. His
research interests include scoring for interactive media, music technology, recording
practice, popular music history, film scorning, and game studies. Dr. Enns draws on all these
interests -- as well as a passion for video games -- to study "game scoring," or the act of
composing music for and through gaming. His dissertation, “Understanding Game Scoring:
Software Programming, Aleatoric Composition and Mimetic Music Technology”, focuses on
game scoring as both software programming and aleatoric, or "chance" composition.

In addition to researches, Dr. Enns is an active performer as a visual accompanist for music
concerts in Toronto and London, Ontario, using software developed for Nintendo systems
from the 1980s and 90s. He also enjoys creating continuous "mash-up" mixes of video game
music combined with hip-hop.

Dr. Enns was awarded Joseph Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship –
Doctoral from 2016 to 2019, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship from 2016 to 2020, and Doctoral
Excellence in Research Award (UWO) from 2016 to 2019.

To view full CV: https://westernu.academia.edu/MackEnns/CurriculumVitae