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Ralph Lorenz

Acting Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music


Ralph Lorenz is Acting Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he has served as the Associate Dean in the College of the Arts and Associate Professor of Music Theory. A native of California, he received B.M. and M.A. degrees in composition from California State University Long Beach, where he studied composition with David Felder, Justus Matthews, and Ronald Sindelar; piano with Julien Musafia; and choral conducting with Frank Pooler. He received a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University, with minors in composition and music history. His principal teachers at Indiana included Benito Rivera, Mary Wennerstrom, Thomas Mathiesen, and David Neumeyer. Dr. Lorenz was awarded the University Dissertation Fellowship in Music Theory at Indiana University. His dissertation, completed in 1995, was entitled "Pedagogical Implications of musica practica in Sixteenth-Century Wittenberg." Dr. Lorenz is a former editor of the Indiana Theory Review and has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Theoria, Indiana Theory Review, The Phenomenon of Singing, and 20th Century Music. He has presented papers at national and international conferences such as the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, The College Music Society, the German Studies Association, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and at regional conferences such as Music Theory Midwest, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, and Ars Musica Chicago. His main research interests include theory and practice in sixteenth- and twentieth-century music, film music, music and health, and theory pedagogy. Appointed to the faculty at Kent State University in 1997, Dr. Lorenz previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and in visiting appointments at Indiana University and the University of Louisville. He is also active as a church musician, conducting vocal and handbell choirs.

Ralph Lorenz
School of Music
Center for the Performing Arts E101
Phone: 330-672-2172
Fax: 330-672-4706