of Arts & Letters
I have been teaching Music History, Musicology, and World Music at Cal State LA since 1999. Since 2003 I have also been Undergraduate Advisor, which gives me the opportunity to get to know most of the students in the Music Department. My main research interest is in the music and culture of the seventeenth century, particularly the music of Giacomo Carissimi. I am also a flutist and a singer, and have composed film music.
If you are an Undergraduate Music Major and do not have a program on file, please make sure to stop by my office during my office hours, beginning Fall Quarter '05. (If you don't know what a program is, you probably don't have one on file.) If you are not yet a Music Major and are interested in becoming one, or if you would like to become a Music Minor or Double Major, please also drop by my office.
My primary research area is the music and culture of the seventeenth century, particularly the music of Giacomo Carissimi, the development of tonality, musical expression of affect, musical exegesis, and music and gender. I have presented numerous papers at local, national, and international conferences. I have also served as President and Vice President of the American Musicological Society’s Pacific Southwest Chapter.
• "Problems in the Attribution of Carissimi Cantatas and the Question of Musical Style." Paper presented November 18, 2005 at the Convegno Internazionale di Studi Dedicato a Giacomo Carissimi nel Quarto Centenario della Nascita (1605-2005), an international conference held in Rome in observation of Carissimi's 400th birthday, titled "Musical Works of Giacomo Carissimi: Sources, Cataloguing, Attribution."
• “Music’s Persuasive Power: Joy, Anger, and Lament in the Music of Monteverdi and Carissimi.” Lecture presented at the Musica Angelica performances of music by Carissimi and Monteverdi at the Norton Simon Museum and Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. (April 23-24, 2005)
•“The Triumph of Jephthah’s Daughter: Religious Symbolism, Gender and Role Exchange in Carissimi’s Jephte.” Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music at Northwestern University (April 14-17, 2005 ), at Indiana University (March 7, 2005), and at the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society (February, 2005).
•Special performance of six of my Carissimi cantata transcriptions by the Indiana University Early Music Institute. Coached singers and theorbist on the repertoire (March 6, 2005).
•“Stormy Weather: Water as an Erotic Metaphor in Two Cantatas by Carissimi.” Paper presented at the Indiana University Early Music Institute/Department of Musicology (March 6, 2005).
• Book contract signed with A-R Editions for Giacomo Carissimi: Selected Cantatas (September 3, 2004). The book will be a scholarly edition of fifteen cantatas by the seventeenth-century Roman composer Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674), based on primary sources and concordances from manuscript collections in Europe. An introductory essay places the cantatas in the context of Roman aesthetics and the Accademia, addresses the problem of attribution due to lack of autographs, and discusses issues of text, rhetorical expression, tonality, and performance. Texts and translations for each cantata are provided, along with critical notes for each and suggestions for performance.
•“Lost Passions of the Baroque: Love and Tempest in Two Newly Revived Cantatas of Carissimi.” Powerpoint presentation and lecture at the Norton Simon Museum (April 17, 2004).
•Performance of two of my Carissimi cantata transcriptions by the early music group Musica Angelica at the Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena) and at the First Presbyterian Church (Santa Monica). Wrote program notes for these performances (April 16-17, 2004).
•“Unlocking the Secrets of Classical Music: A Participatory Exploration into Meaning in Music.” Presented the annual David Lawrence Memorial Lecture to students of the General Education Honors program. The speaker is selected by the students from among all the GE faculty at the University (February 17, 2004).
• Reviewed new book proposals for W.W. Norton & Co. (November 22, 2003 and April 24, 2003)
Tonal System and the Function of Transposition in the Expansion of Tonality,”
Journal of Musicology 19 (2002): 264-305. Explores the misunderstood
tonal practice of the mid-seventeenth century though a study of the
cantatas of Carissimi. Uncovers a new type of tonal organization that
is used by Carissimi and his contemporaries and relates it to the theoretical
treatises of the time.
•“Carissimi’s Oratorio and Jephte’s Daughter: A Female Jesuit Hero." Presented at the South-Central Renaissance Conference (Texas A&M, College Station, TX, April 5-7, 2001), the American Musicological Society’s Pacific Southwest and Northern California Joint Chapter Meeting at Cal State LA (April 28-29, 2001), and in a longer version at Cal State LA as part of the Arts and Letters Lecture Series (November 20, 2001).
•“Music as Persuasion: Affect Expression in the Music of Carissimi,” at the South Central Renaissance Conference (University of Louisiana, Lafayette, April 6-8, 2000) and at the American Musicological Society’s Pacific Southwest Chapter Meeting (University of San Diego, February 26, 2000).
• Flute performance of Morten Lauridsen’s Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts with CSULA Chamber Choir (June 3 and 5, 2005).
•Full-length solo flute recital at the Brand Library in Glendale, CA (November 3, 2004) Music by Schumann, C.P.E. Bach, Fauré, Messiaen, Hindemith, Mozart, Muzcinski, and Hüe. Wrote complete program notes and introduced each piece.
in Charpentier's Messe de Noel with the Cal State LA Choir
and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Miyake (December, 2004).
•Composed and recorded solo flute film score for Mariel McEwan and Sergio Palermo’s documentary Reconcile: Germans, Jews, and the Holocaust (March 16-27, 2004).
Ph.D. Music History
M.A. Music History
M.M. Flute Performance
B.M. Flute Performance