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Link to Faculty & Staff Vacancies (Faculty by Discipline page)

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Link to Retired Faculty List (bottom of this page)

Current Music Faculty (* = New Faculty 2013)

A
Timothy T. Anderson, Director,   Minuteman Marching Band 
   (MMB website)
Brent Auerbach
, Theory, Graduate   Program Director
Avanti Wind Quintet

B
Eric Berlin, Trumpet, Conductor
   (Trumpet Studio website)
John Bottomley, Tuba/Euphonium
Brandon Keith Brown, Orchestral    Studies *
T. Dennis Brown, Music Education

C
Elizabeth Chang, Violin, Opus One   Coordinator (Violin Studio Website)
Fredric T. Cohen, Oboe
Jeff Cox, Chair of the Department of   Music & Dance

E
Robert Eisenstein, Early Music,   Conductor
Louis Epstein, Music History *

F
Robert Ferrier, Guitar

G
Thomas Giampietro, Jazz Studies,    Drumset

H
Thomas Hannum, Conducting,   Percussion
Willie Hill, Director, Fine Arts Center
William Hite, Voice, Coordinator
Jeffrey W. Holmes, Director of Jazz   Studies, Conductor, Composition,   Trumpet, Piano
Jason Hooper, Music Theory

I
Infinity Brass Ensemble

J
Catherine Jensen-Hole, Vocal Jazz,   Undergraduate Composition/    Arranging

  K
Gary S. Karpinski, Music Theory   (Coordinator)
Ayano Kataoka, Percussion
Laura Klock, Horn (Studio website)
Lynn Klock, Saxophone (Studio website)
Erinn Knyt, Music History
Ludmila V. Krasin, Piano
Christopher Krueger, Flute

L
Lance Lehmberg, Music History/Education
Lisa Lehmberg, Music Education    (Coordinator)
Kathryn Lockwood, Viola
   (Viola Studio website)
Stefan Caris Love, Music Theory *

M
Salvatore Macchia, Contrabass, Jazz    Bass, Composition
Ernest May, Music History, Organ
Marjorie Melnick, Voice
James Patrick Miller, Director of Wind   Studies (Wind Bands website)

P
Stephen A. Paparo, Music    Education/ Choral Specialist

R
Emiliano Ricciardi, Music History *

S
Felipe Salles, Jazz Studies, Saxophone
Dana Schnitzer, Voice *
Astrid Schween, Cello
Nadine Shank, Piano, Coordinator of    Piano Dept.
Greg Spiridopoulos, Trombone
Nikki Stoia, Associate Dean of Advising,   Accompanist
Michael Sussman, Clarinet
Jeffrey Swinkin, Music Theory *

T
Tony Thornton, Director of Choral   Activities  (Choral website)

V
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

W
Stephen Walt, Bassoon
Richard Webb, Music Education/   Instrumental

 

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NEW FACULTY APPOINTMENTS FOR FALL, 2013

Brandon Keith Brown Photo by Will Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRANDON KEITH BROWN    Email  Bio page
DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAL STUDIES, Assistant Professor

Brandon Keith Brown, Director of Orchestral Studies, holds an MM in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and a BM in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. He won 3rd Prize in the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Competition for Conductors. In April 2013, he made a highly successful European debut with the Badische Staatskapelle drawing critical remarks as having "...mastered the difficult program with flying colors." Selected by the Vienna Philharmonic as winner of 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he was in residence at The Salzburg Festival and conducted Vienna Philharmonic members in the opera camps for young people.

Orchestras conducted in concert include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Badische Staatskapelle, members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Chamber Orchestra, the Macon Sinfonia, the Astoria Symphony and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Versatile in opera, Brown was music director for Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and Puccini's Suor Angelica, and assistant conductor for Britten's Albert Herring.  Brown conducted at The 2010 Castleton Festival in Virginia under the direction of Lorin Maazel and at the 2009 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, with David Zinman.  German debuts next season include the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. Please see www.brandonkeithbrown.com for more details. 

Louis Epstein

 

 

 

LOUIS EPSTEIN   Bio page
MUSIC HISTORY, Lecturer

Lecturer in Music History, Louis Epstein's research focuses on early twentieth-century French modernism(s).  His dissertation, Toward a Theory of Patronage: Funding for Music Composition in France, 1918-1939, explores the wealthy individuals, powerful institutions, and lucrative practices that made music composition possible during a time characterized by political and economic turmoil.  Louis has presented at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, as well as at numerous other national and international conferences.

He received the Oscar S. Schafer Award in recognition of his excellent classroom teaching and has presented on pedagogy research at the 2011 Music History Teaching Day Conference. His other research interests include musical nationalism and exoticism, music sociology, and historiography. Epstein received his BA in Music from Princeton University and his PhD in Music from Harvard University.

 

Stefan Caris Love

 

 

 

 

 

STEFAN CARIS LOVE     Email   Bio page
MUSIC THEORY, Assistant Professor

Stefan Caris Love, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, has an MA/PhD in Theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and an AB with Honors in Music from Brown University. He was an Instructor at Eastman, a Visiting Instructor at Oberlin Conservatory and a Lecturer in Music at the University of Chicago. 

Co-winner of the 2009 Bruce Benward Student Analysis Competition sponsored by the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, he published articles in leading peer-reviewed journals-- Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.   He presented papers at the College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting and the Renaissance Society of America's Annual Meeting.  His research includes analysis of jazz; his dissertation was entitled "On Phrase Rhythm in Jazz."  In his recent research, he applies his findings to other styles, including the music of the common-practice period.

Emiliano Ricciardi

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMILIANO RICCIARDI     Email   Bio page
MUSIC HISTORY, Lecturer

Emiliano Ricciardi, Lecturer in Music History, is completing a Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University, supported by a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He holds an M.Phil. in historical musicology from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Diploma in violin performance from the Conservatory of Rome, Italy, and a Bachelor in Humanities from the University of Rome.

His research focusses on the Italian madrigal and the settings of Torquato Tasso's lyric poetry. He has published articles and reviews in The Journal of Musicology, Renaissance Quarterly and Notes, and has presented papers at international conferences in the U.S. and Europe.  With Stanford University's Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, he is preparing a digital edition of the about 500 extant settings of Tasso's lyric poetry.  He presented work on the reception and practice of twelve-tone music in fascist Italy at international conferences and at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Ricciardi is a violinist and an avid chamber musician and has performed widely in the U.S. and Europe with leading ensembles and soloists.

Dana Schnitzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANA SCHNITZER    Bio page
VOICE, Lecturer

Dana Schnitzer, Lecturer in Voice, continues to amass accolades for her numerous soprano operatic roles which include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Alcina in Alcina, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, First Lady in The Magic Flute and Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, the latter performed at the prestigious Caramoor Festival in New York.  She has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Connecticut Lyric Opera, PORTOpera, Commonwealth Opera and Boston Baroque, amongst others.  Active on the concert stage, highlights of Ms. Schnitzer's concert and oratorio performances include the Beethoven Mass in C in Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, the Dvorák Te Deum in NEC's Jordan Hall, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and the Brahms Requiem with the Metropolitan Chorale, the Bach Magnificat and Mozart Requiem with the Choral Art Society, and Handel's Messiah with Masterworks Chorale.

Upcoming engagements for the 2013-2014 season include Handel's Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, a holiday tour as soprano soloist with the Boston Pops, and the Verdi Requiem with the Cape Cod Symphony.  Dana Schnitzer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, the Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, and the Bachelor of Music degree from UMass Amherst.  She is a member of the faculty of the Young Artists Vocal Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Founder/Artistic Director of MetroWest Opera. 

Jeffrey Swinkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFREY SWINKIN    Bio page
MUSIC THEORY, Lecturer

Jeffrey Swinkin, Lecturer in Theory, received his B.M. with High Distinction in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and his M.M. in Piano Performance and Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan.  His dissertation advisor was Kevin Korsyn; he has also worked with Scott Burnham, Fred Lerdahl, Patrick McCreless, Wayne Petty and Janet Schmalfeldt.  Dr. Swinkin's primary piano instructor was Anton Nel, and he has played in masterclasses for Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode and Rosalyn Tureck.  He has taught at the University of San Francisco, where he was Adjunct Professor of Music, and at the University of Michigan, as a graduate teaching assistant. 

Dr. Swinkin researches the areas of performance and analysis, variation form, music aesthetics, and music pedagogy, focusing mainly on repertory of the long nineteenth century.  His articles appear in Music Analysis, College Music Symposium, Current Musicology, Indiana Theory Review, The Journal of Musicology, Performance Practice Review and American Music Teacher.  He has presented invited lectures and lecture-recitals at many universities, including Stanford, Kansas, UMass Amherst, Rice, Ohio and Ohio State-Lima, and has held residencies at Drury University and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He has delivered papers at the Society for Music Theory, American Brahms Society, Music Theory Midwest, and West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis.  He is working on a book, Performative Analysis: Reimagining Music Theory for Performers.

     

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Retired Music & Dance Faculty

E. Wayne Abercrombie
Director of Choral Activities

Doric Alviani (Deceased)
Choral Director and first Department Chair

Charles Bestor
bestor@music.umass.edu
Electronic Music, Composition; Emeritus; Former Department Chair

Philip Bezanson (Deceased)
Composition; Former Department Chair

Horace Clarence Boyer (Deceased)
Vocal Jazz, Conductor, Theory; Emeritus

Walter Chesnut (Deceased)
Trumpet, Conductor; Emeritus

Joseph Contino (Deceased)
Band Director, Clarinet/Woodwinds

Nigel Coxe
Piano; Emeritus

Richard E. du Bois (Deceased)
Choral Conductor

William Hanley
Chief Undergraduate Adviser, Percussion

Charles Heffernan
Music Education; Emeritus

Albert Huetteman
Theory; Former Associate Chair

Jon Humphrey
Voice; Emeritus

John A. Jenkins
Music Education, General Studies

Miriam Jenkins
Music Education, General Studies

Fernande Kaeser (Deceased)
Piano

John King (Deceased)
Organ, History, Theory

Yusef A. Lateef
Contemporary Theory & Autophysiopsychic Music

Estela Kersenbaum Olevsky
(www.estelaolevsky.com)
Piano; Emeritus

Bruce MacCombie (Deceased)
Composition; Emeritus

Julian Olevsky (Deceased)
Violin

 

Dorothy Ornest (Deceased)
Voice; Emeritus

George N. Parks (Deceased)
Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, Tuba

Roger Rideout
Music Education; Former Department Chair

Max Roach (Deceased)
Jazz Drums

Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.
Director of Bands, Conductor, Music Education; Emeritus

Emanuel Rubin (Deceased)
Musicology; Former Department Chair

Benedict Smar
Music Education, Trombone/Euphonium

Paulina Stark
Voice; Emeritus

Ronald Steele
Conductor, Music Education

Robert Stern
Composition; Emeritus
(www.robertsterncomposer.com)

David Sporny
Trombone, Conductor, Jazz

Robert Sutton (Deceased)
Theory/Composition, Former Department Chair

Joanne Tanner
Flute

Peter Tanner
Percussion, Conductor

Karen Tarlow (ktarlow@music.umass.edu)
Theory, Composition

Billy Taylor (Deceased)
Jazz Piano; Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Music

Leopold (Terry) Teraspulsky (Deceased)
Cello; Emeritus

Frederick Tillis
Composition, African-American Music & Jazz, Former Director of Fine Arts Center; Emeritus

Charles Treger
Violin

Andrea Watkins
Dance, Former Dance Dept. Coordinator; Emeritus

Miriam Whaples
Musicology, History

 

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