Eric Halen joined the Houston Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in 1987. In 1997, he assumed the position of Associate Concertmaster and is presently Co-Concertmaster. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Central Missouri State University, he received his master’s degree at the age of 20 from the University of Illinois, while studying with Sergiu Luca. At age 23, he became artist/teacher of violin at Texas Christian University. Mr. Halen has performed in solo and chamber music programs in the U.S. and abroad, including solo appearances with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies.
Christopher French is the associate principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. Before joining the orchestra in 1986 he held titled positions in both the Shreveport and Honolulu symphonies. A graduate of North Park University in Chicago, he was the recipient of that school’s highest honor, the “Performance Award.” Chris is the seventh in a full octave of musical siblings.
Violist Joan DerHovsepian is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, instructing students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music. Ms. DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, and began her new position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is Principal Violist of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin and also performs at the Grand Teton Music Festival each summer.
Peter V. Loewen is Associate Professor of musicology specializing in Medieval and Renaissance music. His research interests concern vernacular song, religious drama, intellectual history, music and preaching, and the Franciscans. Professor Loewen is the author of Music in Early Franciscan Thought (Brill, 2013), and co-editor of Mary Magdalene in the Middle Ages: Conflicted Roles (Routledge, 2014 ).
Alexandra Kieffer is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 and spent the 2014-2015 academic year as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University. Her current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, explores ideas about sensation, listening, and affect in early twentieth-century Debussy reception in the context of emerging scientific discourses on psychology and the senses.
David Ferris’ research interests include early 19th-century German Romantic song, musical biography, and the life and works of C. P. E. Bach. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Routledge Press, and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, Music Theory Spectrum, and Music and Letters. He is editing two volumes for the new complete edition of C. P. E. Bach’s works, and one volume (in collaboration with Kazuko Ozawa) of the new Robert Schumann edition. Prof.
Gregory Barnett is the author of Bolognese Instrumental Music, 1660-1710: Spiritual Comfort, Courtly Delight, and Commercial Triumph, published by Ashgate Press.
A member of the faculty since 1982, Walter B. Bailey specializes in the music of the early twentieth century. He has taught a variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students, including surveys, period studies, and seminars on the music of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Strauss, Satie, and on American art music. His research interests include American and European music from the early 1900s.
Kurt Stallmann devotes his energy towards synthesizing many of the mediums available to composers today. His compositions are written for acoustic instruments, electroacoustic combinations with interactive elements, environmental sounds, and purely synthetic sounds. He also enjoys improvising with musicians and frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines. Scholarly interests include a series of psychological studies on how musical sequences can affect time estimation.