Welcome to the Music Department

The Music Department offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Doctor of Church Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, three professional Master of Arts degrees are offered that combine musicology with sub-specializations in music communications, arts administration, and information management.

All programs are designed with an emphasis upon music within its interdisciplinary, cultural, and intellectual context. Our programs combine the comprehensive study of music literature, historical styles, and performance practices with the most recent analytical methodologies. The Doctor of Church Music and the Master’s degree with a concentration in Church Music are offered in cooperation with the Claremont School of Theology.

In addition to more conventional degree programs (Musicology, Performance, Composition), the Department of Music offers a degree in Historical Performance Practices, supported by a large collection of period instruments—harpsichords, a fortepiano, chamber organ, and various string/wind instruments—and the longstanding, internationally recognized departmental journal, Performance Practice Review.

The department also sponsors a public concert series that includes weekly faculty, guest artist, and student recitals.

Chair: Robert Zappulla
251 E. 10th Street • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-607-3289 • Fax 909-607-3694

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Robert Zappulla

Professor of Music
Fred W. Smith and Grace Hobson Smith Chair in Music
Chair, Department of Music

 

Programs

 

Music Department Faculty

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Peter Boyer

Professor of Music
Helen M. Smith Chair in Music

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Nancy van Deusen

Professor of Music
Louis and Mildred Benezet Chair in the Humanities

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Robert Zappulla

Professor of Music
Fred W. Smith and Grace Hobson Smith Chair in Music
Chair, Department of Music

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Jenny Soonjin Kim

Assistant Professor of Practice

Extended Faculty

Myriam Chancy

Scripps College

Research Interests

African diaspora with specialization in its literature


Holly Gardinier

The Claremont Colleges Library

Research Interests

Information literacy, Research strategies


C. Joti Rockwell

Pomona College

Research Interests

Music theory and analysis, 20th-century American popular music, Mathematical models of music

Current Graduate Students


Yuzhou Huang
PhD Student

Research Interests

Piano


Anderson Isiagu
PhD Student, Musicology

Research Interests

African Music Composition – Aspects of Incompatibility with Western Music Harmonic Principles


Robert Normandie
PhD Student, Musicology

Research Interests

Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Film Music


Steven Ottományi
PhD Student, Musicology

Research Interests

Gregorian Chant Studies, Gregorian Semiology, Linguistics and Music, Music of the California Missions, Sacred Music, Roman Rite Liturgy


Syrina Robinson
MA Student

Research Interests

Historical Performance Practices


Michael Stanley
PhD Student, Concentration in Orchestra Conducting

Research Interests

Historical Performance Practice, Music of Underrepresented Composers


Pin Fei Tang
PhD Student

Research Interests

Music


Rebecca Holman Williams
PhD Student, Musicology

Research Interests

Pedagogy, music pedagogy, transdisciplinary studies


Tyler Zimmerman
MA Student, Concentration in Historical Performance Practices

Research Interests

Organ Literature, Historical Evidence

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