Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Music Faculty

Full-Time Music Faculty

Dr. Anthony VillaDr. Anthony D. Villa, Professor Emeritus
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, Professor
Music Program Director, Guitar Studies, Music History, Music Theory

Ronald Pearl is the Coordinator of the Music Program. He teaches Music Fundamentals, The Art of Listening, Music Theory, World Music, and other courses in Music Literature. As a classical guitarist, he has given concerts and masterclasses across the US, Canada, and England, and released four critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian label. As a composer, his works have been heard throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  Recent works premiered include the choral cycle Songs of Water/Canciones del Agua by Central Maryland Chorale and the Alturas Duo; Four at III, by Kenji Haba; Violeta Cascabelera by the ADAA trio; and A Clear, Quiet Night, by the Sheu-Pettit Duo. With the release of the Atlantic Guitar Quartet’s recording 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.” For more information, go to ronaldmpearl.com

Dr. Remi ChiuDr. Remi Chiu,
Associate Professor

Renaissance Music History, Musicology, Core Music Courses

Professor Remi Chiu is a musicologist specializing in Renaissance music and the history of medicine. He is the author of Plague and Music in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which examines the role of music and music-making in the medical, spiritual, and civic strategies for combating pestilence. In addition to publications on music and the plague, he has also written about musical settings of the Song of Songs, Renaissance contagion theories, and the conjoined singing twins Millie-Christine McCoy. Prof. Chiu earned his PhD at McGill University and was a winner of the Paul A. Pisk Prize awarded by the American Musicological Society. Click here for more details on his research activity.

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 - David Smith
Trombone- Nick Mazziott
Voice - Elizabeth Hart (website), Julie Kurzava
Violin/Viola - Cathleen Jeffcoat


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2005 graduate applies his education in fine arts-theatre as an actor and professional stuntman

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