Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Music Faculty

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Full-Time Music Faculty

Dr. Anthony VillaDr. Anthony D. Villa, Professor
Jazz Performance, Jazz Ensemble, Composition/Arranging, Theory, Electronic Music Studio, Songwriting
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.

Professor Ronald PearlProf. Ronald Pearl, Associate Professor
Fine Arts Department Chair, Music Program Director, Guitar Studies, Music History, Music Theory

Associate Professor Ronald Pearl is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department and 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, South America, and Europe. Of Be Not Afeard: Music from Prospero’s Island, American Record Guide wrote, “this is truly beautiful music”, and “this disc is worth acquiring for this work alone (it’s also the longest). The recurring rising scale of ‘The Clouds Methought Would Open’ creates a purely magical, and so beautiful, world.” For more information, go to ronaldmpearl.com.

Dr. Remi ChiuDr. Remi Chiu,
Assistant Professor

Renaissance Music History, Musicology, Core Music Courses

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. A monograph on Renaissance music and the plague is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. 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. Clayborn PriceDr. Clay Price, Director of Choral Studies
Loyola Singers, Repertory Choir, Core Music Courses

Clay Price is in his first year as Director of Choral Studies at Loyola University Maryland, where he conducts the Loyola Singers and the Repertory Choir and teaches undergraduate music classes.

Dr. Price earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Belmont University. Prior to coming to Loyola, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the State University of New York at Oswego and the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Rio Grande, in Rio Grande, Ohio. He has studied conducting with William Carroll, Richard Cox, Deen Entsminger, Andrew Gowan, Robert Gregg, Sherry Hill Kelly, Larry Wyatt, and Welborn Young, and has conducted in master classes led by Hilary Apfelstadt, Rodney Eichenberger, and Weston Noble.

Dr. Price is an active clinician. His article on the sacred choral music of Cyril Rootham was published in the September 2013 Choral Journal. He holds memberships in the American Choral Directors’ Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Applied Instructors

Bass - Shawn Simon
Cello - Ismar Gomez
Flute - David LaVorgna
Guitar - Ronald Pearl (classical), Joe DeCara (jazz)
Percussion - Barry Dove
Piano - Grace Eun Hae Kim (website), Kathryn Locke, Anthony Villa (jazz piano)
Saxophone - Lionel Lyles
Trumpet - Nick Reider
Voice - Elizabeth Hart (website), Julie Kurzava
Violin/Viola - Cathleen Jeffcoat