Office: Braun Music Center, Room 101
Mail Code: 94305-3076
Phone: (650) 723-3811

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Courses offered by the Department of Music are listed under the subject code MUSIC on the Stanford Bulletin ExploreCourses web site.

Mission of the Department of Music

The Department of Music at Stanford brings together music-making and scholarly research in composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies.

Departmental activities serve a broad and diverse constituency on campus and in local communities, with an abundance of courses, concerts, performance opportunities, research projects, workshops, and lectures throughout the year. Ensembles from a variety of world cultures are open to all students: orchestras, jazz and chamber ensembles, taiko, guzheng, steelpan, and several choral groups. Many of the faculty have affiliations with other departments, programs, and interdisciplinary centers, such as Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Art and Art History, German Studies, Neuroscience, Symbolic Systems, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Islamic Studies. Alumni include faculty in universities and conservatories around the world, researchers in the technologies of music and acoustics, members of major orchestras, soloists, chamber musicians, and sound artists, composers and arrangers in contemporary, film and game music.


Emeriti: (Professors) Karol Berger, John M. Chowning, Brian Ferneyhough, William H. Ramsey; (Professors, Performance) Arthur P. Barnes, Marie Gibson; (Professor Teaching) George Barth

Chair: Jaroslaw Kapuscinski

Director of Graduate Studies: Heather Hadlock

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Takako Fujioka

Professors: Mark Applebaum (on leave AS), Jonathan Berger, Chris Chafe, Thomas Grey, Stephen Hinton (on leave), Julius O. Smith (on leave AW)

Associate Professors: Takako Fujioka, Denise Gill (on leave Autumn), Heather Hadlock, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, William P. Mahrt, Jesse Rodin, Ge Wang

Assistant Professors: Patricia Alessandrini (on leave), Charles Kronengold

Professor (Teaching): Stephen M. Sano (Director of Choral Studies)

Associate Professor (Teaching): Paul Phillips (Director of Orchestral Studies)

Courtesy Professors: Paul DeMarinis, Elizabeth Erikson-DiRenzo, Doug L. James, C. Kwang Sung

Senior Lecturers: Giancarlo Aquilanti (Director of Theory; Wind Ensemble), Talya Berger (Theory),  Laura Dahl (Director of Keyboard Studies; Resident Collaborative Pianist), Kathryne Jennings (Voice; Director of Vocal Studies), Stephen Harrison (Cello), François Rose (Theory and Composition), Thomas Schultz (Piano), Frederick R. Weldy (Piano)

Lecturers: Akwasi Papa Abrefah (Steelpan), Kumaran Arul (Piano), Erika Arulanantham (Theory), Constantin Basica (CCRMA; PostDoc), Mark Brandenburg (Clarinet), Marie-Louise Catsalis (Voice), Tony Clements (Tuba), Greer Ellison (Flute, Baroque Flute), Charles A. Ferguson (Guitar), Debra Fong (Violin), Michael Galisatus (Jazz Ensemble), Russell Gavin (LSJUMB), Dawn Harms (Violin, Viola), Alexandra Hawley (Flute), David Henderson (Classical Saxophone), Wendy Hillhouse (Voice), Melody Holmes-Vedder (Flute), Nova Jiménez (Voice), McDowell Kenley (Trombone), Hans Kretz (SNE), Joo-Mee Lee (Violin), Mary Linduska (Voice, Summer), Benjamin Liupaogo (Voice), Murray Low (Jazz & Jazz Piano), Adam Luftman (Trumpet), Anthony Martin (Baroque Violin), Robin May (Oboe), Charles McCarthy (Jazz Saxophone), Romain Michon (CCRMA), Robert Huw Morgan (University Organist, Organ), Bruce Moyer (Contrabass), Stan Muncy (Percussion), Herbert Myers (Early Winds), James Nadel (Jazz), Rufus Olivier (Bassoon), Rafael Ornes (Summer Chorus) Lawrence Ragent (French Horn), Joshua Redman (Jazz), David Rokeach (Drum Set), Robin Sharp (Violin), Annabelle Taubl (Harp), Elaine Thornburgh (Harpsichord), Josh Thurston-Milgrom (Jazz Bass), Erik Ulman (Composition, Theory), Linda Uyechi (Taiko), Rick Vandivier (Jazz Guitar), Nicholas Virzi (CCRMA), John Worley (Jazz Trumpet), Hui (Daisy) You (Gu-Zheng), Timothy Zerlang (University Carillonneur, Piano)

Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Abel (CCRMA), David Berners (CCRMA), Marina Bosi (CCRMA), Poppy Crum (CCRMA), Pierre Divenyi (CCRMA), Walter Hewlett (Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities), Blair Kaneshiro (CCRMA), Gautham Mysore (CCRMA), Craig Sapp (Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities), Eleanor Selfridge-Field (Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities), Malcolm Slaney (CCRMA)

Artists-in-Residence (St. Lawrence String Quartet): Geoff Nuttall (Violin), Owen Dalby (Violin), Lesley Robertson (Viola), Christopher Costanza (Cello)

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Department of Music is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the adviser and the advisee. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.

The faculty program adviser is the primary source of information for the duration of a student's graduate career. Program adviser assignments are made based on perceived best fit at the time of acceptance to a degree program. Only Academic Council Teaching Faculty (“ACTFac” – any tenure-track faculty, i.e., Assistant, Associate, and full Professors), are eligible to serve as graduate program advisers; however, non-ACTFac instructors may serve as co-advisers in conjunction with an ACTFac instructor. See the faculty listing on the Music website.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program. Graduate students are encouraged to meet with their program adviser at least once each quarter, and are actively encouraged to communicate frequently with their advisers. It is valuable to set clear mutual expectations for the advising process, and to revisit those expectations periodically. While developing a proposal for the Ph.D. dissertation or DMA final project, the student should invite a reading committee in consultation with the program adviser and other relevant faculty.

At the start of graduate study, each student is assigned a program adviser. Should a student feel it necessary to change advisers, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Discuss this with the current adviser. With their permission,

  2. Solicit agreement from the proposed new adviser.

  3. Email the Graduate Student Services Officer with a notification of this change copying both old and new advisers.

If there are problems with the advising relationship, please contact the Department Chair or the Graduate Student Services Officer.

Advising Expectations for Doctoral & Master's Students

A student should be an active advisee and should not wait for your adviser to email. Students should arrange for meetings to discuss coursework, summer plans, quals preparation, language study, and, later, the dissertation topic, fellowship applications, and other aspects of professional development. Students should prepare for these meetings carefully, recognizing that the adviser’s time is limited.

Stanford Advising Documents and Resources

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) works collaboratively with Stanford’s schools and departments to enhance the quality of graduate education at Stanford University. Among the many resources at their site is a set of graduate advising resources.

The Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures (GAP) section on advising is available on the GAP website.

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the "Advising and Credentials" section of this bulletin.