Joshua S. Duchan is a Ph.D. Candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. He is currently conducting fieldwork in the Boston area toward his dissertation, which will focus on collegiate a cappella music. His other scholarly interests include popular music studies, issues pertaining to music and meaning, South African music, and performance and practice theory. He recently gave a paper on collegiate a cappella at the 2005 annual meeting of the Society for American Music, and also co-chaired a symposium on academic approaches to a cappella music at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York). His master's thesis (at the University of Michigan), "Locating Meaning in Popular Music," discussed post-structural theoretical approaches to musical meaning in popular music, taking the work of Billy Joel as a case study.
Joshua is active as a musician in the collegiate a cappella community, with his own arrangements being featured on the 2004 and 2005 "Best of College A Cappella" compilation albums. He was also nominated for a 2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America in the Best Arrangement (Mixed/Collegiate) category.
Xiaole Li, musicologist and pianist, is instructor of music at OrchePia School of Music, Irvine, CA. After she graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she taught as piano instructor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, PRC. Later, she earned Ph.D. in Music from the University of Hawaii (UH). Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century music of Europe, the United States, Russia, and China, particularly piano music in these countries. Her publications and research output include articles on the piano compositions of Henry Cowell, John Cage, Aaron Copland, and Chen Yi. Li presented papers at the conferences of the Society for American Music and California chapters of the AMS. Li is a contributor of articles to The Journal of Music in China and Explorations in Music. In research, based on her familiarity with Eastern and Western musical traditions, Li explores elements from multiple perspectives of philosophy, aesthetics, music history and theory, and hermeneutics.
Before coming to California, Xiaole Li taught at piano studios in Honolulu and lectured on history of Western music and music theory at UH. She also gave presentations on Beijing opera and Asian music. At the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (UH), Li designed and directed an interdisciplinary seminar “Eastern Philosophy and American Music,” which attracted many participants and received favorable comments. Li has composed works for piano, violin, voice, and orchestra. Her compositions have been played by students in recitals. Her honors include Pi Kappa Lambda and awards from University of Hawaii and national academic organizations.
Kevin Cooper is a dynamic classical guitarist who delights audiences across the nation with his unique programming and expert musicianship. He has performed recently at the Los Angeles Bach Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Awards Concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2001, Kevin was a finalist at the Portland Guitar Competition and recipient of the Outstanding Graduate in Classical Guitar Award from the University of Southern California.
Kevin is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Classical
Guitar Performance at USC. There he studies with William Kanengiser
of the renowned Los Angeles Guitar
Quartet and early music scholar, James Tyler. In addition to his
love for classical guitar, Kevin
a keen interest
in early music and music education. He played lute for the USC Early
Music Ensemble, performed on the baroque guitar in a local production of Taming
of the Shrew, and wrote a songbook for guitar
Snakes, Snails, and C Major Scales published
by the Lorenz Corporation. Kevin teaches guitar
at Whittier College in Whittier, California where he was a featured
artist in the 2004 New Music Festival and the 2005 Bach Festival. When
not performing, Kevin teaches pop ensembles at the New Roads School
in Santa Monica and music education
courses at Los Angeles Community College.