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VP Murphy issues condolence message on death of student

Media Contact

John Carberry

Vice President Susan H. Murphy issued the following message of condolence Oct. 8:

It is with great sadness that I share news of the death of one of our students, Taylan Cihan, a 36-year-old doctoral student in music in the Graduate School. Taylan died October 8 in Ithaca.

As a composer and performer with a background in jazz, he focused on improvisation and sound exploration. His work included creating environmental sound installations and audience interactive performances, and building electronic instruments. Taylan was a founding member of Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE), a performing ensemble dedicated to freely improvised music. At Cornell, he studied composition with Department of Music faculty members Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra and Kevin Ernste. He earned a master’s of music degree from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree with a focus on jazz performance and composition from Istanbul Bilgi University.

On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Taylan’s family, friends, colleagues and mentors. Please join me in taking a moment to acknowledge and remember this member of our community.


Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.

Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site.