Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Music Faculty

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Full-time Music Faculty

Dr. Anthony D. Villa, Professor
Jazz Performance, Jazz Ensemble, Composition/Arranging, Theory, Electronic Music Studio, Songwriting
avilla@loyola.edu

Dr. Anthony D. Villa directs the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo at Loyola University Maryland and teaches courses in theory, digital recording, songwriting, composition, arranging, applied music: piano, and directs the Music at Loyola Concert Series. He is an active jazz musician performing regularly with his trio, and as founder and director of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, which performs original jazz by Baltimore-area composers and arrangers. The Washington Post has praised his work as “the rare piece that sounds fresh while hinting at the near past” and as “deserv[ing] a lasting place in the musical firmament.” To learn more about Dr. Villa, go to arditomusic.com.


Prof. Ronald Pearl, Associate Professor
Program Director, Guitar Studies, Music History, Music Theory
rpearl@loyola.edu

Associate Professor Ronald Pearl is the Director of the Music Program. He teaches courses in Music Fundamentals, Mozart to Mahler, Music Theory, World Music, and others. As a classical guitarist, he has given concerts and masterclasses across the US, Canada, and England, and released four critically acclaimed Cds on the Dorian label. As a composer, his works have been heard throughout the US, as well as in Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, and Turkey. For more information, go to ronaldmpearl.com.

Dr. Remi Chiu, Assistant Professor
Renaissance Music History, Musicology, Core Music Courses
rchiu@loyola.edu

Prof. Chiu earned his PhD at McGill University with a thesis on the historical use of music in times of pestilence, which was nominated for the 2012 ADESAQ Prize for best humanities dissertation in Québec. In 2010, he was awarded the Paul A. Pisk prize by the American Musicological Society. Recent publications include a paper on digital humanities, an essay on musical settings of the Song of Songs, and an article in Early Music History on anti-pestilential motets. His academic interests include the historical relationships between music and medicine, the cult of saints in the Renaissance, and digital tools for music analysis. Remi Chiu is a pianist and holds a BA (Honours) in English literature and music from Queen’s University, Canada, and an MA in musicology from McGill.
  
Dr. Daniel McDavitt, Director of Choral Activities
Choral Music, Musicianship, Conducting, Composition/Arranging
drmcdavitt@loyola.edu

Dr. Daniel McDavitt is Director of Choral Activities at Loyola University Maryland, where he conducts the Loyola Singers and Loyola Repertory Choir, teaches courses in ear training, coordinates applied music studies, and works with the Music at Loyola Concert Series. He has directed choirs and taught courses in music theory, music history, aural skills, and conducting at Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Knox College. Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States. His music has been published by ECS Publishing, Walton Music, and Jackman Music. To learn more about Dr. McDavitt, click here.

Applied Instructors

Bass - Shawn Simon
Clarinet - Colin Renick
Flute - David LaVorgna
Guitar - Ronald Pearl (classical), Joe DeCara (jazz)
Percussion - Barry Dove
Piano - Grace Eun Hae Kim (website), Anthony Villa (jazz piano)
Trumpet - Nick Reider
Voice - Elizabeth Hart (website), Julie Kurzava
Violin/Viola - Cathleen Jeffcoat