Theory and Composition Faculty
Christian Carey has created over 80 musical works, in a variety of genres and styles, performed throughout the United States and in England, Italy and Japan. His compositions have been performed by ACME, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, C4, Cassatt String Quartet, Chamber Players of the League of Composers, Harvard Choral Fellows, loadbang, Locrian Chamber Players, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Righteous Girls, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Kantorei.
Dr. J.A. Kawarsky graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University in May 1981, where he studied composition with Gary C. White and piano with William David. He then studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the summer of 1981. He received a Master of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University in 1982 and then returned to Israel to conduct the Opera Company of the Negev Region in Be’er Sheva and worked with a number of local choirs. In 1983, Dr.
Dr. Anthony Kosar is a Professor in the Music Composition, History, and Theory Department (chair from 2008 until 2014) at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition from West Liberty State College, his Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University.
Ronald A. Hemmel teaches music theory and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Music degree from James Madison University and both the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. Before coming to Westminster, he taught at Woodberry Forest School where he played the dedicatory recital of Fisk Opus 88 in the school chapel and coached lacrosse.
Eric Hung is Associate Professor of Music History at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. His research focuses on Asian American music, film music and experimental music. Eric is Executive Director Designate and a member of Gamelan Dharma Swara, the Balinese music-and-dance ensemble based at the Indonesian Consulate in New York City. He is also an active pianist and koto player.
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).
Dr. Mirchandani is a Professor of Music History and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she teaches a wide variety of courses including music historiography; music since 1900; American music; music and gender; music, humor, and ambiguity; intro to musicology; Wagner; and music theater. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Rutgers University, a double Master of Music degree in Music History and Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University.
Degrees: B. M. The University of Alabama; M. M. The Eastman School of Music; D. M. A. The University of Alabama
Dr. Joel Phillips is Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he has taught since 1985. He is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Rider University Distinguished Teaching Award. Phillips's compositions have received a number of awards and his choral works are published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Transcontinental Music Publications, GIA, and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press).
Timothy Urban holds a M.M. degree in voice and recorder performance; a M.F.A. degree in early music performance practice; a M.A. degree in music theory and history; and a Ph.D. in musicology, specializing in music of the Italian seicento. He received a Fulbright scholarship for study at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and a DAAD fellowship for study at the Herder Institute of Leipzig University.
Nicole Vilkner is a musicologist who studies the ways that urban planning, geography, and the built environment shaped music-making in 19th-century cities. Her research projects include the study of musical material cultures, architecture of performance spaces, and spaces for outdoor music-making. Her work has won awards from the Society for American Music, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
Stefan Young is professor of theory and composition at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His music studies began with his parents, Raymond and Ruth Young, and continued with Edwin Hughes, Thomas Brockman, Nadia Boulanger, jean Casadesus, Robert Casadesus, Annette Dieudonne, Mieczyslaw Munz, Robert Moevs, and Rolv Yttrehus. He received a B. M. from Rollins College; certificate in harmony, piano, and solfege from The American School of the Arts, Fontainebleau, France; an M.M. in piano from The Juilliard School, and a Ph.D. in composition from Rutgers University.