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Education and Teaching

Yale University: School of Music
Doctor of Musical Arts
Master of Musical Arts

Miami University of Ohio
Bachelor of Music, cum laude

Fulbright Fellowship for study in West Germany
Lucy G. Moses Fellowship, Charles H. Ditson, Frances K. Tapp, and Yale School of Music Fellow, Yale University
Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow
Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Select Honors and Awards

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Muhlenberg College: 2015
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Wheaton College (Mass.): 2014
  • The Posse Star, Posse Foundation: 2012
  • Ellen S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Education, Freedom House (Boston, Mass.): 2012   
  • Honorary Doctor of Music, Colgate University: 2010
  • Ian Mininberg Distinguished Alumni Award, Yale University School of Music: 2009
  • Father of the Year Award, Father’s Day Council of Boston and the American Diabetes Association: 2006
  • Presidential Medal of Honor, University of Cordoba (Spain): 2005
  • Phi Kappa Phi Centennial Excellence Award, The University of Texas at Austin: 1997

Faculty Appointments and Courses Taught

Faculty Appointments

  • Professor of Music, University of Richmond: 2015–
  • Professor of Music, Wheaton College: 2004–14
  • Professor of Music, Miami University: 1999–2004
  • The Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music, The University of Texas at Austin: 1998–99
  • The Marie and Joseph D. Jamail, Sr. Regents Professor in Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin: August 1994–98
  • Member of the Cello and Chamber Music Faculties, The Cleveland Institute of Music: 1990–94
  • Associate Professor and Coordinator of the String Area, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1984–88
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: 1979–1984
  • Assistant Professor and Head of the String Program, Wittenberg University: 1977–79
  • Cello Instructor and Resident Cellist, American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria): Summer 1976
  • Cello Instructor, Bonn School of Music (West Germany): 1973–76
  • Teaching Assistant to Aldo Parisot, Yale University: 1970–72

Courses Taught

  • African-American Music
  • Applied Cello
  • Chamber Music (performance)
  • Chamber Music Literature
  • First-Year Seminar: From the River of Jordan to Jazz and Beyond
  • Introduction to Music Literature
  • Music History: The American Scene
  • Music Appreciation
  • Sight-Singing and Dictation
  • String Pedagogy
  • String Class Methods