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Christopher White, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Yale University.  Dr. White holds a PhD from Yale, and attended Queens College–CUNY and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.  His articles have appeared in Music Perception and in Mathematics and Computation in Music; and he has presented papers at national meetings and regional conferences of the Society for Music Theory.  His research investigates algorithmic and linguistic theories by presenting computational models of musical style, function, meter, and communication.  The research has also focused on geometrically modeling early 20th-century musics, especially of Alexander Scriabin and Alban Berg.  Dr. White studied organ with Haskell Thompson and James David Christie, and is an active performer. As a member of the Three Penny Chorus and Orchestra, he has appeared on NBC's Today Show and as a quarterfinalist on America's Got Talent.  For publications and recordings:

Assistant Professor of Voice, soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine has performed with the Austin Lyric, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Utah Operas; and Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis, and Chicago Opera Theater. Her work includes concerts with the Madison Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and the Santa Fe Symphony. Her repertoire includes Baroque through modern works such as the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel's Agrippina, Keiser's The Fortunes of King Croesus, Mark Adamo's Lysistrata, and Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei.   Dr. Guarrine has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please visit


Fumi Tomita

Fumi Tomita (string bass), Assistant Professor of Jazz Performance and Pedagogy, is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, in Jazz and Contemporary Media Studies. He earned his Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music in Jazz & Commercial Music with distinction in Jazz Bass and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with distinction in Jazz Bass from McGill University. While at Eastman, his teaching experience has included Jazz Theory/Improvisation for Non-Majors, Basic Jazz Bass (for both jazz and education majors in a classroom setting), and Jazz History and Analysis (TA for both undergraduate and graduate level courses). He has also maintained applied bass studios at the University of Rochester, the Eastman Community Music School and, similarly at other music institutions in and around New York City (including electric bass, guitar and piano). Website:

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Astrid Schween, professor of cello in the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance since 2004, has been chosen to join the Juilliard String Quartet in September, 2016.  Ms. Schween will also become a member of the Juilliard School faculty. Professor Schween will continue teaching and performing at UMass Amherst through May, 2016.  In the Quartet, she will replace cellist Joel Krosnick, who was the professor of cello at the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance in the 1960s.

Ms. Schween has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. A frequent guest artist with the Boston and Memphis Chamber Music Societies, she is a member of the Boston Trio.  As a member of the Lark Quartet for 20 years, she performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Lockenhaus, and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. With the Lark, she garnered numerous awards—the Shostakovich Gold Medal in Russia and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, among them. Ms. Schween performs regularly with pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Michael Gurt, and has appeared frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Astrid Schween





Fantastique, a CD recently released on MSR Classics, contains music for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble performed by Professor Eric Berlin, trumpet, and the UMass Wind Ensemble conducted by former Professor James Patrick Miller. One of the works on the CD, Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band by Stephen Paulus, has been nominated for a Grammy Award!  The CD also features music by Jeffrey W. Holmes, Jazz & Composition Professor at UMass, as well as James Stephenson & Evan Hause.

On the CD, Berlin performs on trumpet and flugelhorn, and is joined by guests Greg Spiridopoulos (UMass Trombone Professor) and Charles Schlueter and Richard Kelley, two of the most famous trumpeters performing today. The UMass Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Berlin, also performs. All of the music on the CD was written for Eric Berlin.

Click here to see the description of Fantastique on the MSR Classics website, and to purchase the CD.


Prof. Eric BerlinEric Berlin

Prof. Jeffrey W. HolmesJeffrey W. Holmes

Tuba Professor John Bottomley's brass quintet, Bala Brass, recorded a CD which was released recently on the Beauport Classical label. This recording, entitled Revealed, features works written for brass quintet by living composers, from established composers like Dana Wilson to rising stars like Clint Needham. 

Other members of the quintet are Seelan Manickam and James Ackley, trumpet; Kristen Sienkiewicz, horn & Martin Wittenberg, trombone.

Below are links to the record label and the Bala Brass website:!revealed/c5x9

John Bottomley

Professor Emiliano Ricciardi received the Lauro De Bosis Fellowship in Italian Studies from Harvard University, where he will be in residence in the Spring of 2015.  As a De Bosis fellow he will be affiliated with the Departments of Music and Romance Languages, conducting research on the late-Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso and the madrigal settings of his epic poem, "Jerusalem Delivered."

Emiliano Ricciardi

Professor Ayano Kataoka, percussion, recorded Paul Lansky's Threads (2005) with her percussion quartet Time Travellers. The CD, which also includes Lansky's new work, Textures, is on Bridge Records and is available on Amazon, ArkivMusic & iTunes.
Prof. Kataoka's quartet includes Gwendolyn Burgett, Svet Stoyanov & Ian Rosenbaum, percussionists.

Ayano Kataoka

Catherine Jensen-Hole released a CD of her original instrumental compositions and songs, and her arrangements of jazz standards.  Entitled Songs of Love, Life and Loss, the CD features UMass Jazz and African American Studies Professors Jeffrey W. Holmes piano; Tom Giampetro drums; Felipe Salles saxophone; and Bob Ferrier guitarWayne Roberts is on bass and Australian accordionist Cathie Travers, a long-time musical collaborator of Jensen-Hole’s, performs on four of the tracks.  The CD is available on Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, and CC-Music.  Jensen-Hole directs the DOWNBEAT award-winning UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Catherine Jensen-Hole

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