Justin Lavacek received a bachelor’s in music theory from Loyola University New Orleans, a master’s in music theory pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, and a PhD in music theory from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. His dissertation formalizes an approach to Machaut’s counterpointing of borrowed tenors in the motets. His primary research is in the counterpoint and meaning of “early music,” which he has presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and in two forthcoming articles. In his spare time, Dr. Lavacek likes to realize figured bass.
Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology
Timothy Jackson is a distinguished university research professor of theory with the music history, theory and ethnomusicology division and joined the faculty in fall 1998. Formerly an assistant professor of music at Connecticut College, Jackson received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to College Teachers to complete his book on Tschaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6" for the Cambridge Handbook Series (1999).
Bernardo Illari is a specialist in Latin American music from the colonial and early national periods. He received his Ph.D.
Steven Friedson is University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology and head of the ethnomusicology program. A graduate of the University of Washington, he conducted research in Malawi under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. For the past fifteen years he has been working in the Volta Region of Ghana, where he has established a research center on the Guinea Coast.
Diego Cubero’s research interests include Schenkerian analysis, Romantic aesthetics and the music of Brahms. His dissertation expands upon the common notion that Brahms’ music sounds autumnal, bringing an important aspect of the composer’s reception history in dialogue with key tenets of Romantic philosophy and with a close analysis of the music.
On the College of Music faculty since 1981, Dr. Bush is associate professor and is immediate past coordinator of music history. After receiving bachelor and master of music degrees in performance from the Eastman School, she was awarded a NDEA fellowship and an AAUW fellowship to complete her doctorate at Eastman.
Professor Brand is a specialist in medieval liturgy and plainsong. His articles appear in such journals as The Journal of Musicology, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Early Music History, Renaissance Quarterly, and Music and Letters. He has published two books: Holy Treasure and Sacred Song: Relic Cults and their Liturgies in Medieval Tuscany (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, and Symbolism (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (co-edited with David J. Rothenberg).