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Jeremy Grall ’99MM appointed to faculty at University of Alabama

September 9, 2009

grall_jeremy_99_smGuitarist Jeremy Grall ’99MM was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he will teach courses in guitar and music history.

This spring, Grall graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis. Dr. Grall’s dissertation, titled An Analytical Edition of Giovanni Kapsberger’s Partite sulla Folia: Ornamentation, Performances Practices, and Compositional Structures in Kapsberger’s Folia Variations, combines his interests in musicology, music theory, and performance. He recently presented his research on Kapsberger at the Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference in Cardiff, Wales and the Society for Music Theory South-Central Chapter.

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jeremy Grall received his Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis, under the tutelage of Dr. Lily Afshar. In 1999, he received his MM  from the Yale School of Music, where he was a scholarship student of Benjamin Verdery.
 Jeremy also spent four summers studying as a scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival under Sharon Isbin. He has received coaching from such artists as Michael Nicollela, Oscar Ghiglia, Scott Tennant, Seymour Bernstein, Ricardo Iznaola, Lorenzo Michelli, Adam Holzman, Steven Aaron, and Steven Robinson. Jeremy studied jazz guitar for three years with former Count Basie Big Band guitarist, Charlton Johnson.

In 2001, Jeremy was first prizewinner of the Classical Guitar division of the Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition. Jeremy has performed on the Christian Brothers University Guest Artist Series, the Avanti Young Artists Series in Memphis, and new music concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. Jeremy Grall has also completed extensive studies in musicology and in 2009 received his DMA from the University of Memphis. His dissertation combines his interests in musicology, music theory, and performance and is titled, “An Analytical Edition of Giovanni Kapsberger’s Partite sulla Folia: Ornamentation, Performance Practices, and Compositional Structures in Kapsberger’s Folia Variations.” He has presented his research on Kapsberger at both international and regional music theory conferences such as the Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference in Cardiff, Wales and the Society for Music Theory South-Central Chapter.

Before arriving at UAB, Jeremy was an Assistant Professor of Music and the Music Program Director at Nashville State Community College. Jeremy also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis and at the Aspen Music Festival’s Community Outreach Program. A versatile musician, Dr. Grall also enjoys performing in jazz, rock, and soul genres. In his free time, he is an enthusiastic triathlete and recently completed the Ironman USA, Ironman Wisconsin, and Ironman Louisville triathlons.

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