Among our graduate degree recipients before 2004 are the composers Eric Sawyer, Martha Horst, and Anne Guzzo; and musicologists Donna M. DiGrazia, Carol Hess, Don Meyer, John Palmer, Matthew Daines, Suzanne Jubenville, Mark Brill, and Paul Christiansen.
Composer and Chinese flutist Yu-Hsin Chang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music composition and theory at UC Davis. She received her previous degrees (MFA, BFA) from Taiwan. Her works include solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces for both Western and Chinese music instruments, and have been performed by soprano Tony Arnold, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Daedalus Quartet, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Chai Found Music Workshop, and the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra.
Sarah Messbauer has been a graduate student at UC Davis since the fall of 2011. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2011, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with honors in anthropology and music. While at Muhlenberg, she received the Louise M. Cafouros Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of anthropology, as well as the Class of 1969 Award for Promising Work in the Field of Music.
Hendel Almétus received a Ph.D. in composition from UC Davis in 2012. He was born in Haiti where he began his musical training at the age of 12. He earned a bachelor’s in music composition from the Houston Baptist University and an master’s in composition from the Eastman School of Music.
Gabriel Bolaños is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral and electronic music. His music has been played throughout the US, Europe, Latin America and occasionally in Asia. His work frequently explores unusual timbres and structures, and he is interested in computer-assisted-composition, the grammatology of software, auditory perception, ecological listening, and linguistics. Beyond his work as a composer of concert music, he frequently collaborates with other artists on sound installations, multimedia art, and digital media projects.
Bryce Cannell received his Ph.D. in composition and theory in spring 2017 from the University of California, Davis. A native of Central California, Cannell received his Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in music composition from California State University, Fresno. His dissertation focuses on Anton Webern’s Fünf Canons nach lateinischen Texten, op. 16 and how Renaissance compositional practices may have played a role in the composer’s adoption of the twelve-tone technique. In 2015, Cannell was awarded a Margrit Mondavi Fellowship to travel to the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, to examine the surviving sketches of this work. As a composer, Cannell has been commissioned by the Impetus Percussion Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, and Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater. His music has been acknowledged with awards from the Society of Composers Inc., the National Association of Composers/USA, and the Institut für Musik der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
An alumnus of the Juilliard School, William David Cooper has enjoyed a diverse career as composer, conductor, and keyboardist.His music has been championed by Augustin Hadelich, the Juilliard Orchestra, Trio 180, the JACK Quartet, and the Lysander Trio, and has been performed at the Radio France Festival and the Wellesley Composers Conference. He has recently been commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, and is currently writing Hagar and Ishmael, a two-act opera, that will premiere with members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In addition to positions on faculty at Purdue
David Dennen is assistant professor of Applied English at Chihlee University of Technology in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Davis. He received his bachelor’s from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where he concentrated on ethnomusicology, cultural studies, and performance.
Anthony (Tony) Dumas is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the State University of New York, The College at Brockport where he teaches courses in both the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and the Delta College Program. Previously, Dr. Dumas has taught at UC Davis, Woodland Community College, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Potsdam.
Sarah Lappas received her Ph.D. in 2013 in Ethnomusicology with research interests in African American and African popular music, music and violence, multispatial criminalization, indexicality, and musico-racial signification.
Chia Wei Lin is greatly interested in the historiography of music and the history of performers.
Born and raised as a pianist in Taiwan, Lin received her master’s degree from Taipei National University of the Arts and her bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan Normal University. She began playing piano at age three and her formal music education commenced at age eight. As a pupil of Professor En Wang, a renowned pianist and an enthusiastic promoter of new Taiwanese music, Lin has performed works by contemporary Taiwanese composers, including the esteemed composer Mao-Shuen Chen. She has been performing since the age of twelve, with several premieres to her credit. Recently, she performed and recorded the incidental music for the theater work Elephant’s Graveyard, composed by contemporary American composers Laurie San Martin and Garrett Shatzer in the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
David Möschler is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based musical director and conductor. He has music-directed over one hundred musical theater, opera, and theater productions, and conducted over eightypieces for orchestra, including over two dozen first performances.
Garrett Rigsby is a conductor based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has conducted fully staged productions with the UMKC Opera Theatre. He recently was the Barbara K. Jackson Fellow in Conducting at the University of California, Davis where he served as the Assistant Conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus.