Associate Dean (Studies), Dr. Brenda Ravenscroft

Dr. Brenda Ravenscoft appointed Associate Dean (Studies) Faculty of Arts and Science for the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2013.

Dr. Ravenscroft holds a B.Mus. degree from the University of Cape Town, a M.Mus. from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia. She joined the School of Music in the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1994, and has held the position of Associate Dean (Studies) since 2007.

 Dr. Ravenscroft studies theoretical and analytical aspects of music written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by American composers. Her research interests are focused on rhythmic organization and on the musical setting of words in vocal music. Much of her published work has been on the music of Elliott Carter, including a chapter titled “Layers of Meaning: Expression and Design in Elliott Carter’s Songs” for the Carter Studies collection to be published by Cambridge University Press. She has also published articles on the music of Henry Cowell, John Cage and Lou Harrison. She has a strong interest in the role of women in music, and chaired the Society for Music Theory’s Committee on the Status of Women from 2006 to 2009. Recently she has been researching the music of Libby Larsen, and her current projects include co-editing a collection of analytical essays on music by women composers, to which she will contribute a chapter on Larsen. She is also engaged in a long-term book project on rhythmic organization in music since 1900.

Areas in Associate Dean Ravenscroft's portfolio during 2012-13 are:

  • Continuing and Distance Studies
  • School of English