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‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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.
Richard Lavenda‚Äôs music has been performed around the world by, among many others, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova/Tel Aviv, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Chiara, Diotima, Enso, T‚ÄôAng, and Sun String Quartets, ZAWA!, Project Trio, the Concordia Trio, and the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble. His catalog of more than sixty works ranges from music for solo flute to an opera, and includes numerous pieces for orchestra and for a wide diversity of chamber ensembles.
Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 2002 - 2005 and is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University‚Äôs Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal.
Arthur Gottschalk attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition and English Literature, and his Doctorate in Music Composition, studying with William Bolcom, Ross Lee Finney, and Leslie Bassett. He is currently a Professor at Rice University‚Äôs Shepherd School of Music, where he served as Chair of the Department of Music Theory and Composition until 2009. He founded the university‚Äôs electronic and computer music laboratories, and was its Director until 2002.