Alumni Notes


Stein, Louise K. (PhD 1987)

October 12, 2011

Dr. Louise K. Stein (U. of Chicago M.A. 1984; Ph.D. 1987), Professor of Musicology, and Professor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Latin American Studies, and European Studies at the University of Michigan has been awarded a Senior Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (for 2012-2013) and a National Endowment for the Humanities […]

White, William (AB 2005)

October 12, 2011

William White (A.B. ’05) was named Assistant Conductor on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra following extensive work conducting in Hyde Park (including the University Chamber Orchestra) and studies at Indiana University, where he earned a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting under David Effron and Arthur Fagen (June 2010).

Yao, Chen (PhD 2012)

October 12, 2011

Chen Yao (PhD 2012) won his first prize in the 2011 Beijing Modern Music Festival’s Young Composer Project for his work, Ku Li Bei (2011), selected from 90 submissions.


Locke, Ralph (Ph.D. 1980)

October 21, 2010

In April 2009, Ralph P. Locke’s (MA ’74, PhD ’80) book Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections was published by Cambridge University Press. The book has received praise from pre- and post-publication reviewers. Hugh Macdonald (Washington University) noted, “The range—from baroque opera to jazz—is vast, and the ethical and political issues are more relevant today than […]

Locke, Ralph P. (AM 1974, PhD 1980)

October 21, 2010

Ralph P. Locke (A.M. 1974, Ph.D. 1980) is Professor of Musicology at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. His book Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections—which contains discussion of a wide range of works, from Handel and Rameau to Reich and Tan Dun, plus Josephine Baker’s recording of “Petite Tonkinoise” and the film score […]

Loughridge, Dierdre (AB, 2004)

October 20, 2010

Deirdre Loughridge received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Penn to finish work on her (still tentatively titled) dissertation, “Technologies of the Invisible: Optical Instruments and Musical Romanticism.”  She is also participating in the Penn Humanities Forum (theme: Virtuality) as a Graduate Fellow.  Her article “Haydn’s Creation as an Optical Entertainment” appeared in the Winter 2010 […]

Minor, Ryan (Ph.D., 2005)

October 20, 2010

Ryan Minor is Assistant Professor of Music at SUNY Stony Brook. He just finished his book, Choral Fantasies: Music, Festivity, and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Germany, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.  This last spring, he co-organized a conference, “Beyond Opera: Staging Theatricality,” that took place half at Stony Brook and half at Yale. […]

Potter, Noah (AB, 1999)

October 20, 2010

Noah Potter resides in Los Angeles with wife Ardelle, where he is pursuing a career in film scoring. His first feature film, Boxing Day, garnered significant attention on the festival scene. He has just completed his second film, 6 Nonsmokers and has started work on a third, Conquering the Rose. He has also composed music […]

Rizzer, Gerald (AB, 1962)

October 19, 2010

Gerald Rizzer, BA in Music 1962, is about to launch the 34th season of The Chicago Ensemble, a professional ensemble which has presented a subscription series  of chamber music right under the music department’s nose, so to speak, for all the years of the group’s existence. The group performs at International House on Sunday afternoons, and the same program […]

Sherwin, Jason (AB, 2005)

October 19, 2010

Jason Sherwin has started a research faculty position at Columbia University in Biomedical Engineering. He has a band in Atlanta and is organizing one in NYC. You may listen to the group’s music by searching Google for the band name: The Conditionals. Jason had two commissions from the Chicago Bar Association Symphony this past year. He […]

Smith, Stephanie (AB, 2007)

October 13, 2010

In Fall 2009, Stephanie continued her studies at the California Institute of the Arts, working towards an MFA in composition with a focus on experimental sound practices. Since then, she has completed several projects combining sound with interaction, video, and dance. Her most recent project, Concert Earth, created in collaboration with Naomi Lucille Kagaya, has […]

Woodside, Mary (Ph.D., 1987)

October 13, 2010

Mary Woodside (Ph.D 1987) reports that she and her husband, Ken Woodside (Ph.D. 1977), have retired as of September, 2009 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Their children, Jennifer and Jonathan, are married and living in Guelph and Toronto. Mary was on faculty in the School of Fine Art and Music since 1987. […]


Anderson, Michael Alan (Ph.D. 2008)

October 19, 2009

Michael Alan Anderson completed his first year as Assistant Professor Musicology at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and has enjoyed the new challenges of academic life from the other side of the fence. In 2008-09, he taught a Ph.D. seminar on the medieval motet, a master’s level survey of medieval music, a […]

Barz, Gregory (M.A. 1992)

October 19, 2009

Gregory Barz, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Vanderbilt University conducted field research in Rwanda, Central Africa, in 2009 focusing on contemporary songs of unity and reconciliation within the greater context of music’s role in promoting and fostering the genocide of 1994. He spent the month of July in Lugano, Switzerland as a 2009 Franklin Fellow in […]

Burkholder, J. Peter (Ph.D. 1983)

October 19, 2009

J. Peter Burkholder is now Chair of the Department of Musicology at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  He spent part of October 2008 at the University of Alabama in residency as Endowed Chair of Musicology, and spent May 2009 in Krakow in residency at Jagiellonian University, giving lectures there and at the University of […]

Carl, Robert (Ph.D. 1983)

October 19, 2009

Robert Carl’s Simic Songs a set of four-voice madrigals on poems of Charles Simic (former US Poet Laureate), was premiered at Wesleyan University on September 14, 2008, with the poet in attendance and reading the texts. Robert’s Symphony No. 4, “The Ladder” was premiered on February 20, 2009 at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. […]

Fried, Philip (Ph.D. 1985)

October 19, 2009

Philip Fried spent the summer as composer in residence to Opera Bob, a new company in the Twin Cities.  He composed two arias for their Minnesota Fringe Festival show: “Secrets Revealed:  Opera Bob Opens his Drawers.”  Philip has been commissioned to compose a one act opera for the company as well as the company’s theme […]

Jankowsky, Richard (Ph.D. 2004)

October 19, 2009

Richard Jankowsky and his wife welcomed their first child (Dylan Richard Jankowsky) into the world on Saturday, August 15, 2009. On the professional front, Richard is on research leave until Jan 2010 to pursue a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project entitled “Sufis, Saints, and Their Songs: Sacred Music In/As Tunisian History.” His book, […]

Martell, Paul

October 19, 2009

The Music Department mourns the loss of former music history student Paul Martell, who passed away in Halifax, Canada on August 7 at the age of 49. Paul was a lutenist with interests in the Renaissance. He grew up in Dartmouth, where he attended Prince Andrew High School. Afterwards he pursued studies at Mount Allison […]

Matsue, Jennifer Milioto (M.A. 1996, Ph.D. 2003)

October 19, 2009

Jennifer Milioto Matsue successfully passed her tenure review and has been appointed Associate Professor at Union College, where she works in the departments of Music, Asian Studies, and Anthropology. She also won an ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship and is preparing to spend the year in Japan doing research for her next book – […]

Maurey, Yossi (Ph.D. 2005)

October 19, 2009

Yossi Maurey completed his first year as Assistant Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where teaching (and some administrative work too) kept him extremely busy. Yossi’s partner Amir completed his own dissertation, and they will both spend the next academic year in Tours, France: Yossi working on a book (thanks to the generosity of […]

McGee, Kristin (Ph.D. 2003)

October 19, 2009

Published by Wesleyan University Press, Kristin McGee’s new book, Some Liked It Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928-1959,  examines emerging media such as vaudeville, variety shows, radio, film, and television, and how new technologies supported, sustained, or prohibited professional women’s performative and musical lives. Further, Some Liked It Hot looks at the underlying […]

McKenna, Edward (M.A. 1973)

October 19, 2009

The Reverend Edward J. McKenna presented the first western hemisphere performance of the 1668 Roman opera, La Comica del Cielo (La Baltasara), libretto by Giulio Rospigliosi (Pope Clement IX) with music of Antonio Maria Abbatini, on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine (1224 W. Lexington Ave., Chicago). The three-act […]

Saucier, Catherine (M. A. 1999, Ph.D. 2005)

October 19, 2009

Catherine Saucier is Assistant Professor of Music History at Arizona State University. Catherine published an article on the symbolism of Advent and adventus in Brassart’s motet for Frederick III in Early Music History (2008) and has an article on the sound of sanctity forthcoming in the interdisciplinary journal The Senses and Society (2010). She has […]

Silvio Bonaccorsi Barbato (M.A. 1995), 1959 – 2009

September 21, 2009

A graduate student in music history and prominent conductor, the Italian-Brazilian Silvio Bonaccorsi Barbato, died at age 50 on board Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of Fernando de Noronha on June 1. During the mid-1990s Silvio had studied with Philip Gossett […]

SMT Conference – Montreal

September 30, 2009

Friday, October 30th University of Chicago Alumni Reception Hyatt Regency Montreal Alfred Rouleau “C” Room 9:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.

Start, Elizabeth (Ph.D. 1992)

October 19, 2009

Elizabeth Start is the executive director for the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music; cellist, Elgin (IL) Symphony and Kalamazoo Symphony; and free-lance composer. Elizabeth recently received a Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative grant through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo to write two pieces in 2009-10, one of which will feature Italian mandolin virtuoso Carlo Aonzo. […]

Steve Sieck (A.B. 1999)

October 19, 2009

Steve Sieck is Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Emory & Henry College.  Steve presented a paper on Frank Martin’s sacred compositional style at Sixth Biennial Conference on Music since 1900 at Keele University in England in July 2009.  He will also present “How Diction Study Improves Ensemble, Vocal Production, and Communication” at the Virginia Music […]