Emeritus Group to Hear ‘Music’s Future at the University’


The University Emeritus group announces its first meeting of this semester, on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the Torian Room of the duPont Library and everyone is welcome to attend. 

The question posed for this month’s presentation is “What is the future of music at the University?” The speakers are University faculty musicians, both gifted in the art of music.

Geoffrey Ward, director of the University choir, came to Sewanee in 2016. A Canadian by birth, Ward had held a number of positions involving music in Canadian churches. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2006. Before coming to Sewanee he was the organist/choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. There, he was also the artistic director of BoyChoir Inc. and was the founding director of GirlChoir. In addition to directing the choir, Ward gives organ lessons, and teaches Conducting, Music Theory, and Music History.

Jason Rosenberg is an assistant professor and Director of Music Theory and Composition. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California in San Diego and is new to the faculty this year. He has worked as a composer, conductor and music cognition researcher, and has spent time in Switzerland and Singapore. He is active in several contemporary music scenes in the U.S. and abroad, and seeks to link communities through collaborative projects and innovative programming. Both he and Ward have been involved with a number of musical festivals.

Come hear what is in store for us musically in the next years at the University.