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Dr. Janice Macaulay
Adjunct Instructor, Music Theory

Education

B. A. magna cum laude, Brown University (1971)
M. A. Brown University (English, 1972)
M. A. Brown University (Music, 1977)
D.M.A. Cornell University (1986)

Bio

Janice Macaulay received her doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Cornell University, where she studied composition with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and master’s degrees in both English and music from Brown University.  Awards have included two Best of Category Prizes for Chamber Music and Vocal Music in the International Delius Composition Competition, two Honorable Mentions from the International Alliance of Women in Music, three grants from Meet The Composer, as well as grants from the Cornell Council on the Creative Arts and from the National Women’s Music Resource Center for a special reading session of Orbits for orchestra by the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic.  Her music has been performed at the Charles Ives Center for American Music, at colleges and universities across the country, and at numerous regional and national conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. and of the International Alliance of Women in Music.

With more than thirty years’ experience teaching music history, theory, and keyboard performance as well as conducting chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensembles, Dr. Macaulay has also served as Vice President of the Maryland-area Council for Higher Education in Music.  She was Associate Professor and Music Department Coordinator at Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD), and coordinated the theory, keyboard, and chamber music programs at Wells College (Aurora, NY).  She has also taught music theory and appreciation at Brown University, Cornell University, and at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where from 1995-2001 she taught Expanded Harmony, Writing Music, Twentieth-Century Techniques, Introduction to Music, Special Topics in Music, Art, and Society: Women in Music, and since 2008, Instrumentation and Expanded Harmony.

She has lectured on a wide variety of musical topics for the Elderhostel program at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, including The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven, 1791—Mozart’s Last Year, Music and Culture in Classical Vienna, Mozart’s Symphonies, Beethoven—The Later Years, Stravinsky and the Russian Ballet, The Music of Béla Bartók, Don Giovanni, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Women in Music,Music Along the Danube, Elements of Style, Orchestration, and Amadeus—Fact or Fiction? 

As a Visiting Tutor in the Graduate Institute in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD), she taught across the curriculum, including seminars in philosophy, literature, political science, and the history of science.  She has led Community Preceptorials on classic texts, including Huckleberry Finn, Gulliver’s Travels, Walden, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Don Quixote, Republic, The Prince, and Shakespeare’s History Plays.  She has also taught Special Topics: The Prince in Politics and Literaturein the Honors College at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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