Department of Music and Liberal Studies Program
Office: Camino Hall 161
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Marilou is the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. David Harnish and to the Director of the Liberal Studies Program, Dr. Kay Etheridge. Marilou manages the daily operations of the Music Department Office and serves as a liaison between the music faculty, inter-departmental campus offices, students, and the general public.
As a proud alumna of USD (Class of '79), Marilou received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (piano) and a California State single-subject teaching credential in music and taught at St. Therese Academy in the Diocese of San Diego immediately after graduation. In May of 2010, Marilou earned a Graduate Masters Certificate in Judicial Administration through the Department of Public Policy & Administration at CSU, Sacramento in close cooperation with the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Having recently retired from a rewarding career of 26 years with the San Diego Superior Court as Court Operations Manager, Marilou feels she has come full circle; thrilled to "come home to USD" to support her beloved music department and the liberal studies program and to be surrounded with beautiful music echoing down the halls!
On a personal note, Marilou enjoys spending time with her family, friends, being outdoors at picnics & camping trips, doing arts & crafts, and ballroom dancing with her husband.
Adjunct Professor, Digital Audio Composition
Office: Camino Hall, C141C
Jeff Kaiser is a musician, media technologist and ethnomusicologist. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (software and hardware interfaces) that he creates. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and other interactive technologies.
Kaiser is the founder and director of the acclaimed pfMENTUM music label. pfMENTUM has released over eighty recordings, focusing on music that falls between-the-cracks of genres. A tireless promoter of creative and experimental music, Kaiser has also been involved as a consultant, administrator and director with festivals, concerts, series, organizations and events.
In addition to his own artistic work as a music technologist, Kaiser is in demand as a consultant for a wide variety of music and visual art practitioners: from experimental musicians to EDM and other popular musics. He regular works with artists in designing audio signal processing strategies, creating interactive video tracking and live video manipulation projects. As a producer and engineer, Kaiser has been involved with the production and release of hundreds of recordings from experimental to popular.
In addition to an Master’s In Conducting and a Bachelor’s in Music Composition, Jeff Kaiser has a Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology and Music Technology) from the University of California San Diego.
He currently teaches Digital Audio Composition, Interactive Digital Music and Art, and Music Fundamentals at the University of San Diego.