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.
Michael Accinno received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2016. His dissertation, “Gestures of Inclusion: Blindness, Music, and Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century Thought,” traces the development of music education at schools for the blind in New York City, Boston, and London. Accinno has presented papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Disability Studies. In 2016, his article on Civil War-era organ grinders was published in the Oxford Handbook of Disability Studies (Oxford University Press).
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 José Bolaños (b. 1984, Bogotá, Colombia) is a Nicaraguan-American composer of solo, chamber, orchestral, and electronic music. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from UC Davis and a BA from Columbia University. His principal composition teachers include Mika Pelo, Pablo Ortiz, Laurie San Martin, Fabien Lévy, and Sebastian Currier. He studied orchestration with Tristan Murail. He likes to write music that explores unusual timbres and structures, and is interested in computer-assisted-composition, auditory perception and linguistics.
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.
Conductor Garrett Rigsby is a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, where he works as a teaching assistant and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Conducting. He currently studies conducting with Jeffrey Thomas,Christian Baldini, and D. Kern Holoman. This season, Rigsby will serve as assistant conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, assistant director of the Davis Chorale, and conductor of the Davis Brass Ensemble. Previously, he was principal conductor of Pacific Arts Contemporary Ensembles (P.A.C.E), in which he conducted several world premieres. He continues to advocate for the performance of contemporary music.
The music of Garrett Ian Shatzer (b. 1980) has been performed by such musicians as the Mobius Trio, Erato and Finisterra Piano Trios, GRAMMY-award winning countertenor Ian Howell, EOS Duo, Lyris Quartet, Meridian Arts, Empyrean, Luna Nova and Citywater Ensembles, violinist Rolf Schulte, cellist David Russell, and pianist Geoffrey Burleson in such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). His current commissions include a choral work to be premiered in St.
Alexander Stalarow received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 2017. His dissertation, Listening to a Liberated Paris: Pierre Schaeffer Experiments with Radio, was funded by awards including a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French government, a Bilinski Dissertation Fellowship, and an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship. Alex currently lectures at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and University of the Pacific.
Alex Van Gils (b. 1987) is a composer and bassist whose music is influenced by his love of classical music and jazz, and especially by his practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
David Verbuč (from Slovenia) received his master’s degree in ethnomusicology at UC Davis (with distinction), and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (under the supervision of Svanibor Pettan, professor of ethnomusicology).