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 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

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. More recent projects bring together Mr. Biringer's interests in music and contemplative practice.

At Lawrence, Mr. Biringer chairs the Department of Music Theory and coordinates the Music Theory core curriculum. He also teaches upper-level theory courses, including Analysis of Music since 1945, Renaissance Counterpoint, Schenkerian Analysis, topics courses on Minimalism and Beyond and Contemporary Opera, 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 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

Benjamin Klein

Benjamin J M Klein has presented work as a composer and tubaist internationally for over a decade. Benjamin has collaborated with numerous artists who focus on developing avant-garde, experimental, and cross-discipline projects including Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, James Dillon, Ron Kuivila, Diane Willow, Han Bennink, the Flux String Quartet, and Butoh dancer Zulu Tsuruyama. Benjamin’s work is frequently heard at conferences, festivals, and concerts in the USA and abroad including the Society of Electro Acoustic Music of the United States Annual Conference, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the Hartford New Music Festival, the University of Cincinnati New Music Festival, the International Society of Improvised Music Annual Conference, and the NOWnow Festival of Improvised Music. In 2005, he was awarded the Thomas J Watson Fellowship, to undertake a year-long project focused on collaboration with various artists in the cities of Amsterdam, London, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, and Tokyo. Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Benjamin has received degrees in music from Wesleyan University (MA), and Lawrence University (BMus). He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.


Contact by email: benjamin.j.klein@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

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

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from Indiana University, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His principal teachers are William Rothstein, Joseph Straus, Frank Samarotto, Robert Hatten, and Richard Kramer. Before coming to Lawrence in the fall of 2015, Mr. Wilson taught at Oberlin Conservatory, The City College of New York, and Indiana University.

His dissertation combines interests in rhythm and meter, musical semiotics, and the relationship between analysis and performance. It explores the experiential nature of meter especially in rhythmically consistent and dance-related musics, offering refinements to the theories of phenomenal accent, metrical dissonance, and the broader natures of meter.

Mr. Wilson has presented research at numerous regional and national conferences, including Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Southeast, the Society for Music Theory national conference, and the Semiotic Society of America.

Contact by email: andrew.j.wilson@lawrence.edu

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