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David Harnish

David Harnish, PhD

Professor and Department Chair
(619) 260-4128

Office: Camino Hall - C161A

David Harnish, PhD, is ethnomusicologist, co-director of the Gamelan Ensemble, and Chair of the Music Department at USD, with former affiliations with Bowling Green State University, (professor, dean), Skidmore College and Colorado College (professor), and Semester at Sea (professor). He also serves as Academic Liaison to the Kyoto Prize Committee and has worked with renowned onnagata Tamasaburo Bando, postcolonial critic Gayatri Spivak, free jazz impresario Cecil Taylor, and foremost ballet choreographer John Neumeier.

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, sustainability 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, North Indian music, Japanese music, Tejano conjunto music, Latin rock, and jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, and country musics.

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Christopher Adler

Christopher Adler, PhD

Professor, Music
(619) 260-7502

Office: Camino Hall / C161D

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 Director of Composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival, pianist for the nief-norf Project and the ensemble 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) 260-4111

Office: Camino Hall - C144A

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.


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Kay Etheridge

Kay Etheridge, DMA

Professor of Practice, Music
(619) 260-2243

Office: Camino Hall 161B

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.  Dr. Etheridge teaches music history, jazz history, music education, applied piano and class piano.

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Jeffrey Malecki

Jeffrey Malecki, DMA

Professor of Practice
Director of Band, Music Education
(619) 260-2938

Office: Camino Hall - C141B

Office Hours: tba

Dr. Jeffrey Malecki grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He holds degrees in music education and conducting from Central Michigan University, VanderCook College, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Malecki began his career with great success at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where the program transformed into one of the largest in the Glendale district, and received numerous awards. While at UNLV, Dr. Malecki conducted the renowned Wind Orchestra, Las Vegas Youth Wind Orchestra, and Community Band, which earned him opportunities to conduct in Ireland and Italy. His dissertation on the life and transcription style of Col. John R. Bourgeois has lead him to further research in cataloguing Col. Bourgeois' Marine Band programs and analyzing common trends. Dr. Malecki is thrilled to be joining the USD Music Department, especially with the unique opportunity of starting a brand new band program and music education degree!

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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 Associate Professor
(619) 260-7653

Office: Camino Hall - C141D

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, PhD

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

Office: Camino Hall - C161C

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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