Faculty & Staff

David Bernstein
Professor of Music
Music 264, 510.430.2025,
Professional Interests: John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, American experimentalism, avant-garde music and aesthetics, Arnold Schoenberg's tonal theories, post-tonal theory and analysis, 20th-century music literature, the history of late 19th- and early 20th-century harmonic theory

John Bischoff
Professor of Music
Luther Brusie Marchant Professorship
Music 244, 510.430.2331,
Professional Interests: Composition; electronic music for solo performers, computer network bands, and instrumental ensembles; alternative tuning systems; electroacoustic instrument construction

Chris Brown
Professor of Music
Co-Director, Center for Contemporary Music
Sabbatical Fall 2014
Music 243, 510.430.2330,
Professional Interests: Composition and improvisation, interactive electronic music, musical instrument building and new instrumental resources, sound installations, algorithmic composition, 21st-century performance practice, world music

James Fei
John and Martha Davidson Professorship
Associate Professor of Electronic Arts
Program Head of Intermedia Arts
Music 231, 510.430.2329,
Professional Interests: Composition, improvisation, sound installation, live electronic music, recording, intermedia

Fred Frith
Professor of Music
Sabbatical Spring 2015
Music 275, 510.430.2142,
Professional Interests: Composition and songwriting; the performance of both composed and improvised music; collaboration in the fields of theater, dance, and film; improvisational pedagogy

Nalini Ghuman
Frederick A Rice Professorship
Department Head
Professor of Music
Music 265, 510.430.2332,
Professional Interests: Nineteenth- and 20th-century Western classical music and opera; solo and chamber piano performance; ethnomusicology (particularly North Indian vocal music and Welsh folk music); cultural studies; post-colonial perspectives on musical orientalism, nationalism, and cross-cultural musical exchange

Roscoe Mitchell
Professor of Music
Darius Milhaud Professorship
Music 276, 510.430.2200,
Professional Interests: Composition and the performance of composed and improvised music

Maggi Payne
Professor of Music
Luther Brusie Marchant Professorship
Co-Director, Center for Contemporary Music
Music 232, 510.430.2187,
Professional Interests: Interdisciplinary electroacoustic composition and performance; the creation of works for electronic and visual media; music recording and editing

Visiting Scholars & Artists

Zeena Parkins
Distinguished Visiting Artist, Spring
Music 275, 510.430.2142,
Office Hours: By appointment
Professional Interests: Composition; improvisation; sound installations; recording; sound processing; inventing new harps; performances of music: acoustic/electric, analog/digital, composed/improvised; writing scores for film, theater and dance with a particularly strong commitment to collaborative work with choreographers and visual artists

Jennifer L. Wilsey
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Music 248,
Office Hours: By appointment
Professional Interests: Deep Listening; contemplative practices in the arts and higher education; pedagogies and practices of improvisation, musicianship, and music theory.

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Steed Cowart
Concert Coordinator
Music 138, 510.430.2334,

Les Stuck
Technical Director
Music 233, 510.430.2336,

Stephanie Neumann
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Music 137, 510.430.2171,

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Last Updated: 3/15/18