School of Music and Dance faculty members are internationally known as leading scholars and performers in their fields, and come from a variety of countries, including Ghana, Mexico, Korea, China, Israel, Brazil, and France. They regularly perform and present research throughout the United States and the world.
Our faculty are noted for their ability to bring research insights into the classroom, with interactive approaches to instruction that help students cultivate their own critical insights and creative projects. Many of our students are also active scholars and performers, performing in and winning competitions and presenting research at regional, national, and international conferences, as well as publishing.
In addition, the SOMD is visited frequently by guest artists and lecturers under the Robert Trotter Visiting Professorships, the Steve Larson Distinguished Lecture Series, and a variety of other programs that interface with initiatives across campus.
Listed below are some of the many accomplishments (publications, compositions, awards, grants) that SOMD faculty members have made.
- Co-PI. Accessible Oceans: Exploring Ocean Data through Sound. National Science Foundation, AISL Pilot Grant. (2021-3)
- Sunken Shoreline, Coastal Futures Ecoacoustic Music Competition prize winner (2021)
- Wildfire, SPRING / BREAK Art Show, NYC (2020)
- Center for Environmental Futures Faculty Summer Research (2021, 2019)
- Schoenberg’s Atonal Music: Musical Idea, Basic Image, and Specters of Tonal Function (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
- Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea (Cambridge University Press, 2014; winner of the Wallace Berry award from the Society for Music Theory)
- “George Walker’s Piano Music: Traditional Forms in Tonal, Serial and Atonal Styles,” Music Theory Online 28/3 (September 2022)
- Colors: A collection of 16 new compositions for the 4.3 octave marimba (2021)
- String Quartet (2021-22)
- Nocturne for clarinet and piano (2021). Commissioned by the Kim-Choi Duo.
- Vocalise for string orchestra (2018). Commissioned by Chamber Orchestra First Editions
- Liszt: Buch der Lieder (Naxos, 2021)
- Prokofiev: Childhood Manuscripts (Naxos, 2017)
- The Pianist's Craft 2: Mastering the Works of More Great Composers (chapter 7: Piano Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos) (2015)
- S. Rachmaninoff – Complete Preludes for Piano, Op. 3, 23, and 32 (Schirmer Performance Editions, 2015)
- L. Bernstein: Piano Music (Naxos, 2015)
- “Beethoven’s Mask and the Physiognomy of Late Style,” 19th-Century Music 43:3 (Spring 2020), 143-169.
- “Assimilating to Art-Religion: Jewish Secularity and Edgar Zilsel’s Geniereligion (1918),” Yale Journal of Music & Religion, 6:2 (2020), 10-32.
- University of Oregon, Faculty Research Award (2022)
- Winner of the Audio-Visual Composition category, International Computer Music Association Music Showcase 2022: Asia, まだら−madara (2022)
- Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon (2020)
- 2020 Summer Stipend for Humanities and Creative Arts Faculty, UO (2019)
- Center for the Study of Women in Society Faculty Research Grant, UO (2019)
- The Best Performance Award, The New Interfaces for Musical Expression International Conference, ち–chi for candles, live voice, and sounds (2018)
- 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award Honoree: Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy
- Africa Everyday: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent (coeditor; Ohio University Press, 2019 won the “Best Africa-Focused Edited Collection” from the African Studies Association)
- “From Village to International Stage: Bamaaya and the Politics of Adaptation” in Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities (University of Illinois Press, 2019)
- UO Faculty Research Award (2021)
- UO Presidential Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (2020)
- UO College of Arts and Science Summer Stipend for Humanities and Creative Arts Faculty (2019)
- SCIAS-Fellow of the Siebold-Collegium Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Würzburg (2022–2023)
- “The Liber ymnorum Notkeri as Book Type and Repertory: Toward a Typology of the Early German Sequentiary, ca. 885– ca. 1125.” In: Zur Typologie liturgischer Bücher des westlichen Mittelalters, ed. by Harald Buchinger and Andrew J. M. Irving. Liturgiewissenschaftliche Quellen und Forschungen. Münster: Aschendorff, 2022
- Troparia tardiva II. Monumenta Monodica Medii Aevi, Subsidia 8. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2021
- “Literacy and Learning in the Lives of Women Religious in Medieval Germany.” In Cambridge Companion to Hildegard of Bingen, edited by Jennifer Bain, pp. 52–82. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021
- The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship (2019–2020)
- Earth Ritual (Multimedia Environmental Oratorio, 2022); Video of the live premiere by Conspirare Company of Voices (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor). In addition to the music, the text, photography, videography and multimedia design were created by the composer. Video & Program Booklet
- A Time for Life (A Film by Robert Kyr, 2020, created for his environmental oratorio of the same title); music performed by Cappella Romana (Alex Lingas, conductor). In addition to the music, the composer directed the film and created most of the multimedia content (photography and videography), as well as the multimedia design. Film & Program Booklet
- Five Compact Discs (selected): All-Night Vigil (2022), Cappella Romana (Alexander Lingas, conductor) on Cappella Records; In Praise of Music (2021) featuring ten choral works composed over a twenty-year period, Antioch Chamber Ensemble (Joshua Copeland, conductor) on Bridge Records (2014); Songs of the Soul Conspirare Company of Voices (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor) on Harmonia Mundi Records; Violin Concerto Trilogy (2005); Third Angle New Music Ensemble on New Albion Records; The Passion according to Four Evangelists (1998), Back Bay Chorale (Beverly Taylor, conductor) on New Albion Records.
- Publication of 98 instrumental and vocal works by ECS Publishing, Boston (under exclusive rights contract)
- Author of Form as Harmony in Rock Music (Oxford University Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 SMT Emerging Scholar Book Award
- Recipient of a 2022 NEH Summer Stipend for Voicing Form in Rock and Pop, 1991–2020
- Art & Science in the Choral Rehearsal (Oxford University Press, 2020)
- Playing in the Cathedral. Music, Race, and Status in New Spain (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Decentering the Nation. Music, Mexicanidad, and Globalization (Lexington Books, 2020)
- Americas: A Hemispheric Music Journal – Sound and Activism (themed issue). (Nebraska University Press, 2022)
- Inaugural Edmund A. Cykler Chair in Music (2021)
- The Songs of Clara Schumann (Cambridge University Press, 2022)
- The Songs of Fanny Hensel (Oxford University Press, 2021)
- Selected publicationsMaking space: Transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive pre-service music educators in higher education. In McBride, N., and Sears, C. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Gender and Queer Studies in Music Education. Oxford University Press. (Under contract)
- Tradition or torment: Examining hazing in the college marching band. In Salinas, C. & Boettcher, M. (Eds.), Critical perspective on hazing in colleges and universities: A guide to disrupting hazing culture (pp. 40–51). New York: Routledge.
- Effects of ensemble size and repertoire difficulty on ratings of concert band performances. Journal of Research in Music Education, 68, 138–155. doi:10.1177/0022429420908280
- Pre-service and experienced teachers’ perceptions of pacing. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 29, 64–77. doi: 10.1177/1057083719882702
- Perspectives of a transgender music education student. Journal of Research in Music Education, 66, 428–448. doi:10.1177/0022429418800467
- Music teachers’ attitudes toward transgender students and supportive school practices. Journal of Research in Music Education, 64, 138–158. doi: 10.1177/0022429416647048
- Hazing in the college marching band. Journal of Research in Music Education, 63, 5–27. doi: 10.1177/0022429415569064
- Do: Notes about Action in the Creation of Musical Performance with Data-driven Instruments (Lulu, 2021)
- In Desperate Times, selected for inclusion to the 2022 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the 2022 International Computer Music Conference
- UO Natalie Giustina Newlove Guest Artist Award recipient (2021)
- University of Oregon Faculty Research Award (2019)
- Oregon Community Foundation Award (2018)
- Nothing but Noise: Timbre and Musical Meaning at the Edge (Oxford University Press, 2022)
- The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (coeditor; Oxford University Press, 2018)
- Styling Blackness in Chile: Music and Dance in the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press 2019)
- “Un Tumbe Ch’ixi: Incorporating Afro-Descendant Ideas into an Andean Anticolonial Methodology” in Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethical Approaches (Indiana University Press 2021).
- “Coloniality Via the Vocabulary of Afro-Chilean Music-Dance” in Améfrica in Letters: Literary Interventions from Mexico to the Southern Cone (Vanderbilt University 2022).