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David Harnish

David Harnish

Department Chair
(619) 260-4128

Office: Camino Hall 173

David Harnish, PhD, is an ethnomusicologist, musician, and Chair of the Music Department as of 2011. He comes to USD from Bowling Green State University, where he taught for 17 years and served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean. He has traveled the world widely and twice served as faculty member on the Semester at Sea program.

As a scholar, he has researched music in Asia, Africa, and the United States, and is particularly interested in religion, festival, hybridity, pedagogy, composition, popular culture, and politics in music. In support of research, he has received grants from Fulbright-Hayes, National Foundation, Freeman Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, United States-Indonesia Society, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and Partnerships for Community Action. As a musician, he has extensively performed Indonesian gamelan, Indian music, Japanese music, Tejano conjunto music, and jass, rock, blues, bluegrass, and country musics.

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Christopher Adler

Christopher Adler

Professor, Music
(619) 260-7502

Office: Camino Hall 142L

Office Hours: Mon 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Tue 1:15pm - 2:15pm; Wed 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Christopher Adler, PhD, is a composer, performer and improviser. His music draws upon over a decade of research into the traditional musics of Thailand and Laos and a background in mathematics. He is a foremost performer of new and traditional music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. As pianist and composer-in-residence with NOISE and co-founder of the soundON Festival of Modern Music he is active in commissioning and performing new works, and he performs and records as an improviser on piano in many ensembles.

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Emilie Amrein

Emilie Amrein, DMA

Assistant Professor of Choral Studies
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall 161

Office Hours: To be determined.

Emilie Amrein, DMA, is an accomplished conductor, scholar, and educator, specializing in creative programming practices and community engagement. At USD, Dr. Amrein serves as the conductor of the USD Concert Choir and Choral Scholars. Prior to this appointment, she taught for six years at Lake Forest College, just north of Chicago. A champion of new music, Amrein has commissioned and premiered works for choral ensembles by acclaimed composers Emma Lou Diemer, Jocelyn Hagen, Rami Levin, J. David Moore, and John Osterhagen.


Dr. Amrein conducts the USD Concert Choir and Choral Scholars, teaches individual conducting lessons, as well as courses in Music Education. In her previous position, Dr. Amrein taught Music History, Music Theory, Choral Literature Seminar, and Careers in Music.

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Kay Etheridge

Kay Etheridge

Adjunct Professor, Music
(619) 260-2243

Office: Camino Hall 142J

Kay Etheridge is professionally a classical pianist, music educator, piano teacher and adjudicator who has lived in San Diego since 1982.  She maintains an active performing career and each year can be heard as both soloist and chamber musician on various concert series within the southern California region.  In addition to directing the Liberal Studies program at USD, she is a member of the music faculty and teaches music history, jazz history, music education, applied piano and class piano.

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Marianne Pfau

Marianne Pfau, PhD

Professor, Music History
(619) 260-4101

Office: Camino Hall 161E

Marianne Pfau, PhD, teaches Western music history courses, with a specialization in music before 1800. Since 2007, she has directed the concert series Angelus: Sacred Early Music in Founders Chapel. Occasionally, Dr. Pfau also teaches graduate seminars at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Pfau has published extensively on Hildegard of Bingen, and edits 18th-century music for Baroque Oboe. She leads an active musical life as baroque oboist and recorder soloist, performing and recording in the US and in Europe. She often joins American Bach Soloists, Jubilate Baroque Orchestra and California Bach Society in San Francisco, Trinity Consort in Oregon, Ensemble Rebel in New York, with Musica Alta Ripa, L’Arco Baroque Orchestra Hannover, Corona Musica Kassel, Cythara Ensemble Hamburg, Accademia dell’Arcadia Poznan, and many others. As director of the ensembe Toutes Suites, she has recorded five CDs of newly discovered 18th-century music for Baroque Hautbois Band on the labels GENUIN classic in Leipzig, virtilia in Hamburg, and for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Nuremberg.

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Ron Shaheen

Ron Shaheen, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7653

Office: Camino Hall 142G

Ronald Shaheen serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the USD Music Department and has taught: Introduction to Music; Music in Society; History of Romantic Music; Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music; Classical, Romantic, and Modern Music; History of Opera; Aural and Keyboard Skills; Fundamentals of Music; Class Voice; and individual voice lessons. Dr. Shaheen coordinates the Applied Music Program.

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Angela Yeung

Angela Yeung

Associate Professor, Music
Chamber Music Ensembles Director
(619) 260-4106

Office: Camino Hall 173A

Angela Yeung, PhD, is the director of the University of San Diego Chamber Music Ensembles and the Annual Chamber Music Festival that is held in February (Winter Chamber Heat) and July (Summer Festival) on the USD campus. Director of the USD Symphony from 1996 to 2010, Dr. Yeung continues to conduct orchestras and choirs nationally and internationally.  Currently she is Artistic Director of the Greater San Diego Music Coterie, under which she conducts the Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra and Chorus as well as Coterie Celli.  Her commitment to community service has led her to host many clinics for visiting school bands, choirs and orchestras, to conduct outreach performances with orchestra and chamber music ensembles, and to direct after-school music programs for elementary school children.  She was the featured conductor for both the 2012 and 2013 StringFest of the Sweetwater School District.

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