Ian Bates

Assistant Professor of Music
Ian Bates is Assistant 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 medallist. 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 his article “Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’: A Study of the Composer’s Approach to Diatonic Organization” will appear in the journal Music Theory Spectrum in the spring of 2012.

Contact by email: ian.bates@lawrence.edu

John Halvor Benson

Instructor of Music
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

Gene Biringer

Associate Professor of Music
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 refer to Mr. Biringer's web page at http://www2.lawrence.edu/fast/biringeg/.

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

Ann Boeckman

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

Donna DiBella

Instructor in Music
Donna DiBella teaches courses in ear training and sightsinging. 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

David Helvering

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

David Helvering teaches music theory at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2003. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas State University, a Master of Music degree in theory and composition from Sam Houston State University, and a Ph.D. in music theory from The University of Iowa. His dissertation, Functions of Dialogue Underscoring in American Feature Film, examines techniques film composers have employed when accompanying scenes with dialogue. Mr. Helvering is currently researching the use of music in early sound film, including the development of mickey-mousing (synchronized, mirrored, or parallel scoring) as a compositional technique as well as the rise of the symphonic film score.

Contact by e-mail: david.helvering@lawrence.edu

Sara Kind

Instructor of Music
Sara Kind serves as Instructor of Saxophone and Music Theory at Lawrence University.  She has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the NEW Wind Ensemble, the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, the Lawrence University Chamber Orchestra, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the J.W. Packard Band, the Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, the Youngstown State University Chamber Orchestra, and the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble.  Also sought after as a collaborative musician, she has performed with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kind was a prizewinner at the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Performance Competition, University of Arizona Recordings’ Classical Saxophone Competition, and the regional rounds of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist and Chamber Music competitions. She also appeared live on Wisconsin Public Radio after twice winning their Neale-Silva Competition.  She distinguished herself as a student at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music by winning their highly competitive Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in addition to the Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.

An avid proponent of new music, Ms. Kind recently premiered a work by John Hollenbeck entitled "Ziggurat" (Exterior) at NYC’s Whitney Art Museum.  She was heard in multiple performances at the 2012 conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, including the premiere of a new duo by Asha Srinivasan entitled "Keerthanata."  She has also premiered works by composers Dave Morgan and David Werfelmann, among others.

Ms. Kind holds degrees from Lawrence University and Youngstown State University and has studied with Steven Jordheim and James Umble.

Contact by email:  sara.a.kind@lawrence.edu

Stephen McCardell

Instructor of Music

Stephen 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 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. Mr. McCardell joined the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in 1999.

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

Joanne Metcalf

Joanne Metcalf has a flourishing international career as a composer and her music has been performed and broadcast in more than twenty-five countries worldwide. She has received commissions from Singer Pur, the Hilliard Ensemble, North Carolina Arts Council, Cappella Nova and the Scottish Arts Council, Canty, the Netherland-America Foundation and Ensemble Hex, Concert Band Director's National Association, Ciompi Quartet, John Potter, and Nancy Zeltsman. Her compositions have been performed by such  musicians and ensembles as Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Carole Yahr, Monica Germino, and Early Music Consort of Calgary and have been heard at many prominent festivals and venues, including the Beethoven Festival (Bonn), Cheltenham International Festival of Music, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, York Festival of Contemporary Music, Hilliard Festival of Voices, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Washington National Cathedral, Glasgow Cathedral, de IJsbreker, Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Art (Amsterdam), Westminster Choir College, and the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Il nome del bel fior, which she composed for Singer Pur and the Hilliard Ensemble, has received more than one hundred performances worldwide.

Ms. Metcalf has received awards from the International Association of Women in Music, ASCAP, the American Music Center, Duke University, the MacDowell Colony, and from Copland House, under which she lived and worked in Aaron Copland’s former home near New York City. Her teachers include Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, and Louis Andriessen, with whom she studied under a Fulbright Fellowship to The Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and Co-chair for Music Composition. Her works are recorded on the Oehms Classics and ECM New Series labels.


Contact by e-mail: joanne.metcalf@lawrence.edu

Asha Srinivasan

Associate Professor of Music

As an Indian-American composer, Asha Srinivasan draws from her Western musical training and her Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at various national and international venues including SEAMUS, ICMC, June in Buffalo, SCI, and the National Flute Convention. She won the Ruam Samai award at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival for Dviraag (flute and cello) and she was selected for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, where Svara-lila (chamber orchestra) was premiered by Alarm Will Sound. She has also won national commissioning competitions, including the BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Other honors include: multiple ASCAPlus Awards, the Walsum prize for Kalpitha (string quartet), and the Prix d'Eté 2nd prize for Alone, Dancing (flute and electronics). Her works have been recorded on Ablaze Records, Beauport Classical, and Mark Records. Her studies include: D.M.A. in Composition at University of Maryland, College Park; M.Mus. in Computer Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory, and B.A. at Goucher College.


Contact by e-mail: asha.srinivasan@lawrence.edu

Matt Turner

Matt Turner is widely regarded as one of the world's leading improvising cellists. Equally skilled as a pianist, Turner performs in numerous styles and has shared the stage in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell, Peter Kowald, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, as well as country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz musician Bobby McFerrin to name a few. He appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Illusions, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz and others, recording with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, goth vocalist/pianist Jo Gabriel, singer/songwriters Mark Croft and Tret Fure, punk artist Kyle Fischer, Kitty Brazelton's chamber rockestra Dadadah, alt-country band Heller Mason, and with the Pointless Orchestra.

Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and his Master of Music degree in Third Stream Studies (now the Contemporary Improvisation program) at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen and Joe Maneri, and where he was the recipient of a Distinction in Perfomance Award.

As a leader, Turner's recordings appear on Illusions, Stellar, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Penumbra, Fever Pitch, Geode, Tautology and Meniscus Records. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist and currently performs and records with Bill Carrothers' Armistice 1918 ensemble and with the Fantastic Merlins.

Contact by e-mail: matthew.l.turner@lawrence.edu

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