Dr. Brenda Ravenscroft

  • B.Mus. (University of Cape Town)
  • M.Mus. (King's College, London)
  • Ph.D. (U.B.C.)

Associate Professor (Theory and Composition)

Email: ravenscr@queensu.ca

Dr. Brenda Ravenscroft

Dr. Ravenscroft teaches music theory and analysis at Queen's School of Music, where she is Associate Professor. She joined the faculty in 1993, having previously taught at McGill University following graduate studies at King's College, London and the University of British Columbia. She specializes in the music of twentieth-century American composers, with her research interests including the music of Elliott Carter, rhythmic organization in post-tonal music, and the relationship between words and music in 19th and 20th-century compositions. She has published articles and reviews on contemporary music in Perspectives of New Music, Music Analysis, Tempo, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Indiana Theory Review, the Canadian University Music Review, Ex Tempore, and the South African Journal of Musicology, and has presented papers at conferences on the music of Carter, Cowell, Harrison and Cage, as well as on twentieth-century vocal composition.

While she is on a sabbatical leave in 2009/10 she is preparing a chapter on Carter's vocal music for a book on Elliott Carter to be published by Cambridge University Press as part of their Composer Series, and is co-editing (with Laurel Parsons) a book of analytical essays by women composers. Her contribution to the book also includes a chapter on Libby Larsen's song settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson. Other current research projects include an article on compositional organization in four Carter compositions from 1994, and an analytical examination of percussion music by Xenakis.

Dr. Ravenscroft is the Chair of the Society for Music Theory's Committee on the Status of Women. Her teaching in the area of theory and analysis includes core theory courses, Renaissance counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis, and advanced analytical courses on such topics as Schubert's later compositions, and contemporary American music. She currently holds the position of Associate Dean (Studies) in the Faculty of Arts & Science.