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Music Faculty and Staff

Chair

Maria Ruvoldt
Director of Art History Program
Rose Hill Office: FMH 446
Lincoln Center Office: LL423D
Email: ruvoldt@fordham.edu
Tel: 212-636-6229

Associate Chair

Eric Bianchi
Director of Music Program
FMH 441
Email: ebianchi1@fordham.edu
Tel: 718-817-5631

Department Offices

Rose Hill

Rose Hill
Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 417A

Angela Michalski
Senior Executive Secretary
Tel: 718-817-4890
Fax: 718-817-4829
Email: michalski@fordham.edu

Grant Smith
Music Performance Coordinator
Email:  gsmith81@fordham.edu

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center
Lowenstein, Room LL 423

Anne Clark
Executive Secretary
Tel: 212-636-6303
Fax: 212-636-6788
Email: aclark49@fordham.edu

Grant Smith
Music Performance Coordinator
Email: gsmith81@fordham.edu

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Eric Bianchi
Associate Professor of Music, PhD Yale

Dr. Matthew Gelbart
Associate Professor, A. B. Harvard University; MA, PhD 
University of California Berkeley

Rev. Robert R. Grimes, SJ
University Professor, BA Fordham; BMus Manhattanville;
MDiv, ThM Weston; PhD Pittsburgh

Dr. Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis
Assistant Professor, DMA University of Maryland

Dr. Daniel Ott
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, DMA Juilliard School

Dr. Larry Stempel
Professor of Music, BA, Queens College (CUNY); PhD University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Sevin H. Yaraman
Lecturer, Music, BA Istanbul State Conservatory; B Law, M Law, Istanbul University; MA City College of New York; PhD CUNY Graduate School

In Memoriam

Rev. James Boyce, O.Carm.
Professor of Music

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Tong Blackburn, pianist and musicologist received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from University of Texas in Austin and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and her PhD in Musicology from Indiana University in Bloomington. She also studied piano performance at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

As a pianist, Dr. Blackburn has performed both solo and chamber music in Europe and United States. Highlights include solo recital at the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria, and solo recital on University of Texas Television Broadcast Program. She was a founding member of the Sequoia Piano Trio and actively performed a wide range of repertoire in the San Francisco Bay Area. More recently, she has performed with the Amadeus Piano Trio throughout Westchester County, NY.

As a scholar, Dr. Blackburn has presented her academic research at international conferences. Her research focuses on transcultural music, in particular contemporary operas that straddle Eastern and Western musical traditions. She explores issues such as cultural hybridity and identity in art music, and musical exoticism and nationalism in the age of globalization.  

Dr. Blackburn has taught piano and Western music history at Texas Christian University and Indiana University. She is an adjunct faculty of music at Fordham University in New York City.

Email:  tblackburn1@fordham.edu


Dr. Manuel Sosa is a Venezuelan/American composer, who resides in Brooklyn, New York. He received early training on the violin at the José Ángel Lamas Superior Conservatory in Caracas, while also pursuing his interest in architecture and drawing, both of which still inform his approach to writing music. At sixteen, and seeking to expand his studies in composition, he moved to the U.S. with the certainty that this would be the country where he would live for many decades to come. Latin American culture and pacing, volumetric space and color continue to be essential to his vision, as are the influence of his North American experiences.

He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he received BM, MM, and DMA degrees, under the guidance of Stephen Albert, Robert Beaser, and David Diamond. He has also studied composition with Joseph Castaldo, Jacob Druckman, Earl Kim, Jacques-Louis Monod, and Bruce Saylor; composition seminars with Mark Andrè, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Karel Husa, Adriana Hölszky, Helmut Lachenmann; harmony with Mary A. Cox; conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod; and Afro-Caribbean percussion with Jerry González. His orchestral and chamber music works have been performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, by ensembles such as Continuum, the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with painters, dancers, and sculptors in the creation of multi-media environments, and he is a member of the Orchard Circle composers collective. His scholarly work concentrates on the art and music of South-America, and his writings have been published in Europe and South America.
 
Manuel Sosa has been a Meet the Composer/Van Lier Fellow (2002), a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2009), and a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2011), as well as a fellow on several occasions at the Corporation of Yaddo. He teaches Composition at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, he is a member of the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, and he is also a member of the Art History and Music Department at Fordham University.

Email:  msosa12@fordham.edu
website: www.musikasilentis.com

 

Music Instructors

Pascal Archer, Clarinet
Fordham Composers, Program Coordinator
Principal Clarinet, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
Principal Clarinet, NEPA Philharmonic
Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, BM; Indiana University, PD; Manhattan School of Music, MM

For more information:  www.exponentialensemble.com


Matt Buttermann, Classical and Jazz Guitar


Sang Mi Chung, Classical Piano
The Juilliard School, MM and BM, Gina Bachauer, William Petschek and Jerome L. Green scholarships and awards.
Solo recordings with Centaur Records, Steinway Artist, and chamber music tours as founding member and pianist of the Arista Trio.


Katherine Copland, Voice, Classical, Musical Theatre, Popular
Manhattan School of Music, M.M. & Professional Studies Certificate; University of Washington, B.A. & B.M.


Kevin Farrell, Bass
California Institute of the Arts, BFA; University of Southern California, MM


Daryl Goldberg, Cello
Northwestern University, BME; Yale School of Music, MMA


Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Voice, Classical and Popular
Queen's University, Belfast, BA; Columbia University Teacher's College, MA; The Juilliard School, DMA


Elaine Lachica, Voice, Classical and Popular
Peabody Conservatory of Music; Royal College of Music, London


Alexander Rees, Violin and Viola
The Russian Academy of Music, Moscow, DMA


Irina Rees, Classical Piano
The Russia Academy of Music, Moscow, DMA
First Prize at Fourth International Historic Keyboard Society Competition, US; Noah Greenberg Award in Early Music, US; Recordings for "Dorian"and "Centaur"


Brenda Earle Stokes, Music Theater, Pop, Jazz Voice, Jazz and Pop Piano
Musicianship, Theory, Composition, Theory
York University (Toronto), BFA; Manhattan School of Music, MM

For more information: www.pianoandvoicewithbrenda.com


Kevin Quill, Trumpeter
The Juilliard School, BM and MM
Currently enrolled in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Program at the Juilliard School

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. James L. Kurtz
Professor Emeritus of Music, PhD Brandeis

Associated Faculty

Mr. Robert Minotti
Director of Fordham University Choirs
Email: minotti@fordham.edu

Dr. Lawrence Kramer
Distinguished Professor of English, BA Pennsylvania; M Phil, PhD, Yale