Ian BatesAssociate Professor of Music

Ian Bates is Associate Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.  He completed his Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University, from which institution he also holds Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees.  A native of Ontario, Canada, he earned a Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) where he was a National Scholar and faculty gold medalist.  At UWO, he studied composition with Omar Daniel, Alan Heard, and Peter Paul Koprowski.  A pianist, Ian is also an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) and studied at UWO with Ronald Turini.

Prior to his appointment at Lawrence, Ian taught at UWO and at Yale.  His research interests include 20th-century tonality and modality, theories of harmonic function, music theory pedagogy, and relationships between performance and analysis.  His dissertation, supervised by Daniel Harrison, theorizes post-common-practice diatonic harmony and large-scale diatonic relationships in the music of Vaughan Williams.  Ian has presented papers at regional and national music theory conferences and has published his research in the journals Music Theory Spectrum and College Music Symposium.


2016.  "Reading, Interpreting, Translating:  Three Transcriptions of a Bach Chorale."  College Music Symposium 56.  http://symposium.music.org/

2012.  "Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus':  A Study of the Composer’s Approach to Diatonic Organization."  Music Theory Spectrum 34, no. 1 (Spring):  34-50.

Contact by email: ian.bates@lawrence.edu

Associate Professor of Music

Gene Biringer

Gene Biringer is Associate Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Mr. Biringer holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rutgers University, the Master of Music in Composition from the University of Illinois, and the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory from Yale University, where his principal teachers were Allen Forte, David Lewin, and Christopher Hasty. His research interests include Schenkerian theory and the music of Arnold Schoenberg. Mr. Biringer has read papers at numerous regional and national music theory conferences, and his writings have appeared in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum, Notes, and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music.

He is the author of Schenkerian Theory and Analysis: A Bridge from Traditional Harmony, Counterpoint, and Form to Advanced Studies in Tonal Analysis. More recent projects bring together Mr. Biringer's interests in music and contemplative practice.

At Lawrence, Mr. Biringer is co-chair of the Department of Music Theory/Composition and Coordinator of the Music Theory core curriculum (First-and Second-year Theory and Analysis). He also teaches upper-level theory courses, including Analysis of Twentieth-century Music, Counterpoint, and Schenkerian Analysis, and a course on Music and Mystical Experience.

For more information, please visit http://www2.lawrence.edu/fast/biringeg

Contact by e-mail: gene.d.biringer@lawrence.edu

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Assistant Professor of Music

Portrait of Rebecca Perry outside in front of windowsRebecca Perry is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She hails most recently from Yale University, where she received Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Master of Philosophy degrees in Music History. A native of Rolla, Missouri, Perry completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Brigham Young University.

Perry's research centers on early twentieth-century adaptations of sonata form, particularly in Russia and France. Her dissertation, supervised by Professor Patrick McCreless, explores idiosyncrasies of form and thematic process in Prokofiev’s early instrumental music. She has published in Music Theory & Analysis and presented at meetings of the European Music Analysis Conference, Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, New England Conference of Music Theorists, Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and Music Theory Midwest. Secondary research interests include narrativity in film music, Russian formalism, and intersections between literary theory and music analysis. 

Contact by email: rebecca.a.perry@lawrence.edu

Instructor of Music

John Benson

John Halvor Benson holds the Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and history from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in elementary education, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Washington in music composition. He is a recipient of the Charles Ives Prize from the Institute of Arts and Letters and received a Paul Fromm Fellowship to attend the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood as a Composition Fellow. His compositions include works for orchestra, choir, piano, organ, voice and chamber ensembles. He has seven years of teaching experience in music education and two years of experience as a computer programmer at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Benson joined the Lawrence faculty in 1997 and currently teaches music theory and composition.

Please visit http://www.lawrence.edu/fac/bensonj to hear performances of various compositions.

Contact by e-mail: john.h.benson@lawrence.edu

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Instructor of Music

Pianist Ann Kohlbeck Boeckman holds the Bachelor of Music Degree magna cum laude in piano performance from Lawrence University and the Master of Arts Degree in piano pedagogy from Western Illinois University. She joined the faculty of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in 1992 and currently teaches First- and Second-Year Theory and Analysis, Aural Skills, and Basic Keyboard Skills. Ms. Boeckman also teaches middle and high school theory classes for the Lawrence Academy of Music, a division of the Lawrence Conservatory. She has taught piano for the Conservatory (non-majors), the Academy, the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, and in her private studio.

Contact by e-mail: ann.k.boeckman@lawrence.edu

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Instructor of Music

Donna DiBella

Donna DiBella teaches courses in ear training and sight-singing. Ms. DiBella holds the B.A. degree in Music and Art from Rutgers University and has pursued post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, studying organ with Robert Carwithen and choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt. She has been active for many years as a church musician and is an award-winning composer of church music.

Contact by e-mail: donna.j.dibella@lawrence.edu

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Instructor of Music

Stephen McCardellStephen McCardell received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in composition from Mannes College of Music, where he studied composition with David Tcimpidis and analysis with Poundie Burstein and Carl Schachter. His undergraduate studies included course work at Lawrence University, where he studied composition with James Ming and Steven Stucky. Mr. McCardell's musical background includes owning and operating a digital recording studio, with a focus on digital editing and CD mastering in classical, jazz, and rock styles. His interest in popular music extends to performing and recording on electric guitar and dobro. Recent chamber music compositions include pieces performed at the Midwest and International Double Reed Society Conferences.Mr. McCardell joined the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in 1999.

Contact by e-mail: stephen.mccardell@lawrence.edu

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Instructor of Music

Matt Ambrosio is an Adjunct in Music Theory at Lawrence University. He recently completed his PhD in Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Matt completed his MA in Music Theory from CUNY Queens College, his MA in Secondary Science Education at American University, and his BA in Music and Physics at the University of Rochester. Prior to his graduate studies in music theory, Matt taught high school physics in the DC Public School system and has a continued interest in STEM education.

Matt has presented at regional and international conferences including the Rocky Mountain Music Scholars Conference, Claude Debussy in 2018: A Centenary Celebration, the 12th Annual Deleuze and Guattari Studies Conference, among others. His dissertation, “Debussy and Ritournelle: Space, Time, and Narrativity,” explores musical return in Claude Debussy’s late works using Gilles Deleuze’s post-structuralist metaphysics, particularly as it applies to perceptions of virtual space and time. Matt’s secondary research interests include popular music studies, history of science and ideas, music and philosophy, history of music theory, sound studies, history of Ska music, and music theory pedagogy.

Contact by e-mail: matt.l.ambrosio@lawrence.edu