Carmen A. Mateiescu is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Composition, Theory, and Music History at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University (since 2000); faculty and head of the Theory Department at Westminster Conservatory of Music (since 1988); composition competition coordinator on the NJMTA’s Board of Directors (since 2008). Dr. Mateiescu was on the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (1997-2005). She received degrees from the University of Music in Bucharest, Romania (BM in Piano Pedagogy and MM in Composition and Theory) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Ph.D. in Composition and Theory). Her teachers include Gerald Chenoweth, Nicolas Roussakis, Robert Moevs (Rutgers) and Stefan Niculescu, Speranta Radulescu (Bucharest).
Carmen Mateiescu conducted extensive research in the traditional music of Romania, where she was a recipient of the “Constantin Brailoiu Grant for Ethnomusicological Research.” She authored articles on ethnomusicology issues, LPs and CDs with Romanian traditional music, theory and musicianship textbooks for children, and a “bridge” course in the theory of western art music for musicians educated in non-European traditions.
Dr. Mateiescu’s compositions are performed regularly in Princeton, New York, and Philadelphia venues. She is an active concert organizer and presenter of early music (Princeton) and traditional music (the Smithsonian Institution—Washington, DC, the World Music Institute—New York, and the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ).
Present research interests include music in the oral tradition (from peasant music in central Europe and the Himalayas, to medieval chant – Gregorian and Byzantine) and the perpetuation of compositional devices of the oral tradition into the written music; twentieth-century music; spiritual dimension of sound and music; methods of theory and musicianship teaching.