Theory/History

Stephen Gosden, Assistant Professor, Theory, Area Coordinator

Faculty - Stephen Gosden Stephen Gosden holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and an A.R.C.T. diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of North Florida, he was a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Visiting Instructor of Music Theory at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. 

Dr. Gosden's research interests include harmony and theories of harmonic function, phrase rhythm, and the relationship between form and genre in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, as well as semiotic, hermeneutic, and narratological approaches to the study of musical meaning. He has presented papers at annual meetings of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, the New England Conference of Music Theorists, and the Music Theory Society of New York State, and at the Seventeenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Edinburgh. His dissertation is titled "Rachmaninoff's Middle-Period Orchestral Music: Style, Structure, and Genre." 
 
Contact: (904) 620-5860 - s.gosden@unf.edu      

Sarah Caissie Provost, Assistant Professor, Musicology, Area Coordinator

Faculty - Sarah Provost2Sarah Caissie Provost received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Hartford, where she studied with John Wion. Previously, she taught at Clark University in Worcester, MA. 


Dr. Provost’s research focuses on 1930s jazz music and dance, with particular interest in issues of race and gender. She recently presented a paper on Mary Lou Williams at the annual conference of the Society for American Music, and has also presented papers at Music and the Moving Image (New York University), the American Musicological Society (New England chapter), “Alive By Her Own Hand:” Women Composers as Performers of Their Own Work (Brandeis University), and the Guelph International Jazz Festival Colloquium. Her dissertation is titled “Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert.” 

 

Contact: (904) 620-2961 - s.c.provost@unf.edu   

Scott Swan, Adjunct Professor, Musicology, History

Scott SwanScott Swan’s multidisciplinary life reflects his interdisciplinary experiences in both academia and in music. Growing up in rural Maine in the 1960s and 1970s in a family of lumberjacks, Scott developed an early appreciation for the unifying expressive elements of everyday life among local peoples and groups. His musical roots extend back to his youth in western Maine, where - in the mid-to late 1970s, he studied the local folk music traditions of Maine, as well as the larger regional musics of New England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and Quebec. He expressed this interest as a folk guitarist/singer at regional music festivals throughout New England, performing with artists such as Pete Seeger, Noel Paul Stookey, Arlo Guthrie, and Dave Mallet. 

Throughout the 1980s, as a member of the USAF, Scott was assigned to the National Security Agency, where he worked as a linguist and translator in various Southeast Asian languages. During that period, he traveled extensively and intensively in central and northern Thailand, studying and recording the local music practices of different ethnic groups. He also continued to perform at folk music festivals in Maryland and Virgina, and he expanded his study of different musical genres including Jazz and various genres of guitar finger styles, culminating in studying and working with the late Danny Gatton. 
At the University of Florida, Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, focusing on Bio-Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. He was the first-chair guitarist for the University of Florida Jazz Band and had the opportunity to greatly expand his understanding of Jazz improvisation through individual lessons with trumpeter and (then) band director Gary Langford. It was in Gainesville that he met and began performing with the Soul and Funk artist Lavell Kamma, who would later become the subject of his Master’s thesis at Florida State University. He also worked as an “on-call” guitarist for local performances by the late Rock & Roll pioneer Bo Diddley, who lived in nearby Archer Florida. 

Scott followed up on his interest in Jazz with post-Bac studies at the University of North Florida, working with both Jack Peterson and Barry Greene. In addition, he studied privately with local Jazz guitarist Gary Starling. Scott continued performing with Lavell Kamma, through whom he was inspired to study the history of Southern Soul music, as well as other genres of African American music. Scott’s research resulted in his Master’s thesis, which – through the lens of Lavell Kamma’s life story - chronicles the role and influence of African American music in the transition from segregation to desegregation. He earned his Master’s in Anthropology from Florida State University (FSU) in 2003.

From 2003 – 2010, Scott taught various Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes in the Social Studies Department at the nationally-ranked Stanton College Preparatory High School in Jacksonville, Florida, all the while continuing to perform throughout the Southeastern US with the Lavell Kamma Band until 2007. He left teaching in 2010 and - in 2011 - he began doctoral studies in Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. Currently a PhD candidate at FSU, Scott recently completed two years of field research in the foothills of the Pyrenees of southern France, where he lived and worked with various local vocal groups who perform multipart polyphonic music in French, Occitan, and Catalan. While in France, he continued to perform as a busker – or street performer- at local markets and festivals, meeting and playing with musicians from across Europe, as well as from North and West Africa. 

 

Contact: (904) 620-2960 - n00015070@unf.edu