New faculty joining the department this spring!

Prof. Matthusen holding a sheet of paper and speaking.

Prof. Paula Matthusen

We are pleased to welcome several new faculty members to the UB Department of Music this spring. Composer Tiffany Skidmore joins our faculty for a two-year term as Visiting Associate Professor in Composition. Dr. Skidmore will be directing our composition seminar and teaching lessons to our distinguished PhD students in composition. A prolific composer of a range of music from operatic and orchestral works to smaller scale chamber, vocal, and electro-acoustic music, Prof. Skidmore brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the position. She is the founder and director of the 113 Composers Collective and director of the annual Twin Cities New Music Festival. Joining her on the composition faculty this spring will be composer Paula Matthusen who will serve as our Slee Visiting Professor for the semester. Dr. Matthusen is a singular voice in music today, well known for her instrumental and electro-acoustic music as well as a number of site-specific sound installations. She is Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and will be directing a graduate seminar in computer music and providing lessons and dissertation guidance to our PhD students in composition.

Also joining the faculty this semester in a part-time capacity as Professor of Practice in Arts Entrepreneurship is Dr. Marshall Lindsey. Professor Lindsey will be instructing undergraduate and graduate students in our course “Break on Through”, providing them with the necessary career development and strategic planning tools they will need in order to lead successful careers in music after school. Dr. Lindsey has extensive experience in business management and consulting and has worked with the Chicago based Sovereign Infrastructure Group for the last four years.

Additionally, we are pleased to welcome several new adjunct faculty members who will serve important roles as replacements for full-time faculty currently on leave. BPO Concertmaster Nikki Chooi will provide individual lessons in violin, Kyle Resnick, trumpeter and touring member of the band, The National, will direct our Concert Band and Wind Ensemble and provide trumpet instruction, and David Falterman, a PhD candidate in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, will serve as instructor for sophomore music theory.