Alumni

Jon Bellona

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Amy Coddington

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Kevin Davis

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Stephanie Doktor

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Jarek Paul Ervin

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Liza Flood

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Steven Lewis

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Rachel Rome

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Max Tfirn

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Kristina Warren

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Faculty, Emeritus

Donald Loach

Professor Emeritus

Marita McClymonds

Professor Emeritus

Walter Ross

Professor Emeritus

Kate Tamarkin

Professor Emeritus and Music Director Laureate of the Charlottesville Symphony

Donald Loach

Professor Emeritus

Marita McClymonds

Professor Emeritus

Walter Ross

Professor Emeritus

Kate Tamarkin

Professor Emeritus and Music Director Laureate of the Charlottesville Symphony

Faculty

Katy Ambrose

Assistant Professor

Ayn Balija

Associate Professor

Pamela Beasley

Instuctor, Voice

Matthew Burtner

Professor, Eleanor Shea Professor of Music (Composition & Computer Technologies)

A.D. Carson

Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South

Adam Carter

Associate Professor

Jiyeon Choi

Lecturer, Clarinet

Ted Coffey

Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies)

John D'earth

Senior Lecturer, Director of Jazz Performance

Luke Dahl

Assistant Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies), Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by courtesy appointment

Nomi Dave

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies), Director of Graduate Studies

Jeff Decker

Saxophone, Jazz Studies

Scott DeVeaux

Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies),

I-Jen Fang

Associate Professor

Bonnie Gordon

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Kelly Gross

Instructor, Piano

Karl Hagstrom Miller

Chair and Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Greg Howard

Instructor, Chapman Stick

Anastasia Jellison

Instructor, Harp

Robert Jospé

Lecturer, Groove Percussion

Michelle Kisliuk

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Andrew Koch

Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Bands

Nathaniel Lee

Lecturer, Trombone

Noel Lobley

Assistant Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Fred Maus

Director of Undergraduate Programs for Music, Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

John Mayhood

Lecturer, Piano

Barbara Moore

Instructor, Piano & Organ

Justin Mueller

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Nakasian (aka Patricia O'Brien)

Instructor, Non-Classical Voice

Chris Owens

Instructor, Voice

Brenda Patterson

Instructor, Voice

Kelly Peral

Lecturer, Oboe

Michael Puri

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Leah Reid

Assistant Professor of Composition

Elizabeth Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Bassoon

Michael Rosensky

Instructor, Guitar (Jazz & Classical)

Benjamin Rous

Associate Professor of Music (Conducting) and Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Joel Rubin

Associate Professor, Director of Music Performance

David Sariti

Associate Professor

Daniel Sender

Associate Professor

Judith Shatin

Professor Emeritus -William R. Kenan Jr. Professor (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Michael Slon

Associate Professor, Director of Choral Music

Peter Spaar

Senior Lecturer, Double Bass

Kelly Sulick

Senior Lecturer, Flute

Butch Taylor

Instructor, Jazz Piano

Richard Will

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Arthur Zanin

Lecturer, Trumpet

Graduate Students

Timothy Booth

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Becky Brown

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Kyle Chattleton

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Alex Christie

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Victoria Clark

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Aldona Dye

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Daniel Fishkin

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Omar Fraire

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Samuel Golter

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Tanner Greene

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Christopher Luna-Mega

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Heather Mease

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Emily Mellen

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Savanna Morrison

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Natalia Perez

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Kerri Rafferty

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Ben Robertson

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Aaron Stepp

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Tracey Stewart

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Rami Stucky

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Juan Carlos Vasquez

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)

Lydia Warren

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Hannah Young

CCS (Critical & Comparative Studies)

Staff

Marcy Day

Director of Promotions

Michael Idzior

Assistant Athletics Band Director

Joel Jacobus

Director of Music Production

Tina Knight

Assistant to the Chair, Academic Programs Coordinator

Travis Thatcher

Technical Director of Composition & Computer Technologies

Kim Turner

Departmental Finance and Administration Manager

Leslie Walker

Administrative Assistant

Profile

Faculty

Michael Puri

Michael Puri

Associate Professor (Critical & Comparative Studies)

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Biography

A dutiful but unenthusiastic classical pianist in my youth, I suddenly became quite serious about music when I was sixteen and for the rest of high school spent an inordinate amount of time practicing and listening to classical repertoire. My desire to develop this newfound passion alongside my abiding interest in academics launched me on a journey which ultimately included not only a handful of degrees—B.A. in Music and German at Harvard, undergraduate and graduate diplomas in piano performance from the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, and an M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale—but also work as a programmer and announcer at a radio station (WHRB in Cambridge, MA), and as a volunteer in the community. Immediately after receiving my doctoral degree in 2004 I came to Charlottesville to teach in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia. I maintain my life as a performer by giving lecture-recitals on grounds; as a member of UVa's Center for German Studies, I have recently discussed and performed Brahms's op. 5 piano sonata, Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana and Nachtstücke, and Liszt's Funérailles.   

Just as I seek to balance musical performance and academics in my personal life, I also seek to balance technical with more humanistic approaches to music in my scholarly work. My equal investment in fields within music academia (music theory and historical musicology, in particular) and beyond it (literary and critical theory) has motivated me to explore the deep cultural implication of music without sacrificing attention to compositional detail. This synthetic method informs each of the eight chapters of my monograph, Ravel the Decadent: Memory, Sublimation, and Desire (Oxford, 2011). By broaching topics such as dandyism, traumatic and redemptive memory, idylls, and bacchanals, it traces the aesthetic origins of the music of Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) to the artistic movement of the French Decadence.

In addition to this book, my effort to wed music analysis to the interpretation of culture has led me to engage with the music and thought of Wagner, Adorno, Jankélévitch, and Gadamer; essays on these and other topics appear in a variety of journals—Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music Analysis, 19th-Century Music, Music Theory Online, and Cambridge Opera Journal, among others—and in several edited collections. (Bibliography and pdfs can be found on my personal webpage.) I am currently writing a second monograph, Sympathetic Resonances, which seeks to challenge the long-standing opposition between German Romanticism and early French Modernism by highlighting moments of sonic, cultural, and historical coincidence between the two.

At the University of Virginia I have taught a variety of courses. At the undergraduate level this has included the entire major-level theory sequence, as well as seminars on nineteenth-century music, program music, French music at the fin de siècle, and Schenkerian analysis. Doctoral seminar topics have included memory studies, Wagner (The Ring, Lohengrin, and Parsifal), the interarts, humor, and the analysis of music-text relations in art song.

For my research I have received financial support from many institutions, including the American Philosophical Society, the Javits Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the American Musicological Society, and the Society for Music Theory. For an essay on Ravel's dandyism I received the 2008 Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, which recognizes the best article written by an early-career scholar in the previous year. During the 2013–14 academic year I was in residence at the National Humanities Center as its Delta Delta Delta Fellow. I am currently Director of Graduate Studies for my department and Review Editor (2017–19) for the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

 


Address

UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu