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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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E. Michael Richards
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1976; M.M., Yale University School of Music, 1978; A.M., Smith College, 1980; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1984

Associate Chair

Joseph Morin
B.Mus., University of Maryland, College Park, 1979; M.A., New York University, 1984; Ph.D., 1992


Linda Dusman
B.M., American University, 1978; M.A., 1981; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1988

E. Michael Richards
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1976; M.M., Yale University School of Music, 1978; A.M., Smith College, 1980; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1984

Associate Professors

Lisa Cella
B.A., Syracuse University, 1988; M.M., Peabody Conservatory, 1991; Graduate Performance Diploma, 1993; DMA, University of California, 2001

Thomas Goldstein
B.Mus., Hartt College of Music, 1975; M.Mus., Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, 1994

Anna Rubin
B.A., Pomona College, 1968; B.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1975; M.F.A., 1981; M.A., Princeton University, 1996; Ph.D., 2000

Airi Yoshioka
B.A., Yale University, 1992; M.Mus., The Juilliard School, 1995; D.M.A., 2002

Assistant Professors

Stephen Caracciolo
B.M.E., Capital University, 1985; M.Mus., Westminster Choir College, 1992; D.M., Indiana University, 2008

David Revill
B.A., Sociology, University of York, 1987; Ph.D., Music, Stalford University, Pending


Nancy Beith
B.M., Syracuse University, 1974; M.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1976

Matthew Belzer
B.Mus., 1995; M. Mus., 1996, Eastman School of Music

Joseph Morin
B.Mus., University of Maryland, College Park, 1979; M.A., New York University, 1984; Ph.D., 1992

Associate Staff

Janice Jackson
B.A. UMBC; M. Mus. University of Maryland, College Park

Affiliate Artists

Harry Appleman
B.A. University of Illinois, 1983; M.Mus., New England Conservatory, 1988

Tom Baldwin
B. Mus., Ithaca College, 1990

Darren Bange

Wayne Cameron

Barry Dove
B. Mus. Peabody Conservatory, 1986; M. Mus., Peabody Conservatory, 1988

Zane Forshee
B. Mus. Webster University, 1998; M. Mus. 2001, GPD 2003, D.M.A., 2011 Peabody Conservatory

Thomas Hawley
B.A., Campbell University; B.Mus., M. Mus., East Carolina University; Ph.D., UMBC

Hamid Hossain

Michelle Humphreys

Kristin Jurkscheit

Lori Ann Kesner
B.Mus., Ithaca College, 1998; M.Mus., University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, 2000; DMA, 2006

Thom King
B.Mus., Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, 1979

Gita Ladd

Thomas Lagana
B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1993; M.A., Towson University, 2005

Lorriana Markovic
B.Mus., Dusquesne University, 1993; M.Mus, 1995; DMA, University of Maryland, 2006

Jacqueline Pollauf
B. Mus. 2006, M. Mus. 2007, Peabody Conservatory

Laura Ruas

Travis Siehndel
B. Musc. 1999, University of Kansas; M. Mus. 2001, University of Michigan

Richard Spece
B.Mus., Portland State University, 1989; M.Mus., 1993; D.M., Indiana University, 2005

Richard Spittel
B.S. Towson University, 1976; M. Mus. Peabody Conservatory, 1985; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1997

Kazuko Tanosaki
B.A. Kunitachi College of Music, 1981; M.A. University of California, San Diego, 1984; D.M.A. Eastman School of Music, 2001

Christian Tremblay
DESM I, Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec, 1997; DESM II, Conservatoire de Musicque de Quebec, 1998; GPD, Peabody Conservatory, 2000; D.M.A. Peabody Conservatory, 2004

Alice Young
Dip. Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; M. Mus. Peabody Conservatory

Adjunct Associate Professor

Maria Lambros Kannen
B.Mus., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 1985; M.A., New York University, 2000

Part-time Lecturer

Gina Beck
B.A. University of Oregon, 1981; M.A. UMBC, 1990

Jason Love
B. Mus. 1992, M. Mus. 1994, Peabody Conservatory

Janice Macauley
B.A. 1971, M.A. English 1972, M.A. Music 1977, Brown University; D.M.A Cornell University, 1986

Robert White
B.S. University of Oregon, 1981; M. Mus. Peabody Conservatory, 1994


Courses in this program are listed under MUSC.

The study of music at UMBC stresses the interdependence of theory, performance and history. Students in the program explore the traditions of Western music, as well as examine new music and other cultures, leading to a balanced understanding of music as a universal form of human artistic expression. Music also is studied in conjunction with an overview of the other arts, providing students with opportunities to interact with artists from other creative disciplines. Students in music courses, as well as vocal and instrumental ensembles, study technical and historical aspects of music both by performing and hearing it.

Students at UMBC are given the opportunity to study and perform with professional musicians. The music department faculty bring a rich and varied background in professional performance and research to UMBC. The faculty is widely recognized for its expertise in performance, composition and music technology. An audition/interview before a faculty committee is required of all students wishing to major in music. The audition for the performance emphasis in voice or main instrument should include compositions that best demonstrate the student’s level of ability (see specific audition requirements on the Music Department website http://umbc.edu/music).

Voice students should prepare two well-contrasted compositions, one of which must be in English. Along with an audition, students interested in the composition emphasis must submit scores for review by the composition faculty. Students interested in the music technology emphasis need to audition on an instrument or voice and to submit an example of their work in recording or music technology.

Career and Academic Paths

The degree prepares students for advanced study in performance, theory, music history, composition, education or technology. Graduates typically continue on to graduate school, professional performance, teaching, research, composition or the music industry.

Academic Advising

Faculty advisors are available every semester for guidance in all aspects of the music curriculum.

Private Instruction

All music majors registering for MUSC 193 , MUSC 194 , MUSC 390 , MUSC 391 , MUSC 392 , or MUSC 393  and all music minors registering for MUSC 190  (private instruction) are expected to perform each semester in a music forum, with the exception of the first semester of study, when public performance is at the discretion of the instructor. All other students registered for MUSC 190  may perform in a student recital upon the recommendation of their instructor. A faculty jury examination is required of all music majors in performance studies at the end of each semester.

Special Opportunities:

All UMBC music ensembles are open to Majors AND Non-majors by audition. Contact the Music Office (baileyc@umbc.edu) for further information:

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

an ensemble of 75-85 musicians, performs standard orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st century. Recent performances have included symphonies of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Berlioz, and Dvorak, as well as concerto performances with visiting artist soloists. In addition, members of the Orchestra can choose to enter an annual competition to appear with the Orchestra as soloist.

UMBC Camerata

a select choir of 40-50 singers, Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets, folksongs, choral-orchestral works, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new works. In previous seasons Camerata has accepted invitations to perform with conductor-composer John Rutter at Carnegie Hall, and provide entertainment for guests touring the White House during the holiday season.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

is a large jazz group dedicated to the professional training and creative development of its members. Throughout the year, the group performs at concerts, special events and festivals. Student composers and arrangers have the opportunity to have their music read, performed and recorded by the group.

UMBC Wind Ensemble

is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion performers who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature. Students are offered an opportunity to perform substantive music of various instrumentation and styles.

UMBC Chamber Players

investigates the instrumental chamber works of the Western Art Music, ranging from the Baroque, Classical, Romatic to New Music repertoire. There are monthly soirees for all of the chamber groups to come together and explore topics related to chamber music.

UMBC Collegium Musicum

is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from European Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.

UMBC Opera Workshop

is designed for 8-15 advanced vocalists, and offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement, and character development within the sphere of musical performance.

UMBC Small Jazz Groups

focus on the various aspects of playing in a combo which include group interaction, improvisation and developing an original group voice.

UMBC Percussion Ensemble

is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theater, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, and Carlos Chavez.

UMBC Studio 508

The UMBC music department’s recording studios are state-of-the-art facilities for music production. Staff engineers and students record, mix and master a limitless variety of music for commercial release and for other productions.

There are many internship possibilities within the music department in which students may gain preprofessional experience in concert management, music education, pedagogy, recording and music business.


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