Faculty: Composition and Theory
William Hill has been critically acclaimed as a composer, soloist, visual artist, recording artist, and conductor. Currently he is Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and Grand Teton Music Festival where he also serves as a resident composer. Mr. Hill teaches music composition at the University of Denver 's Lamont School of Music. In addition to the Colorado and Grand Teton appointments Mr. Hill has served as a composer with the Colorado Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, National Music Festival, Academy in the Wilderness Chamber Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Festival, and Denver Public Schools and the Nova Series of Salt Lake City.
Leanna Kirchoff writes vocal and instrumental chamber music, choral anthems, musicals and opera. A native of rural Colorado, she draws inspiration from poetry, nature, mythology, and spiritual writings, specifically working with universal metaphors that speak to the human experience.
Jonathan Leathwood is equally noted as a teacher and writer on music. In 2001 he conceived and edited Guitar Forum, a new scholarly journal for the classical guitar published in the United Kingdom by the European Guitar Teachers' Association (EGTA UK). The previous year, he was the British delegate at EGTA's international conference in Cambridge, England, where he gave a lecture on analysis and performance. He owes the academic and scholarly side of his background to King's College London, from where he graduated in 1991 with First Class Honours and the Purcell Prize for academic achievement. He was later invited back to King's to teach Music Analysis and Techniques of Musical Composition, before eventually moving to the United States in 1998. His principal teachers in guitar have been Gordon Crosskey, Richard Wright, Paul Galbraith, Ricardo Iznaola and the pianist and conductor George Hadjinikos.
Chris Malloy is Lamont's Composition and Theory Department Chair. His works have been performed throughout North America and Europe, by Elizabeth Keusch, the Master Singers, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the Auros Group for New Music, the Lydian and Alard String Quartets, the Boston Cecilia, the Pennsylvania Wind Quintet, Crosscurrents, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, the Music on the Hill Orchestra, and others.
Kristin Taavola holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Her scholarly work engages Asian models of musical time and modal processes, including articles on Zen and twentieth-century flute music, Balinese gamelan music, and the five-note compositions of Béla Bartók.
Richard vonFoerster is active as both a teacher and a performer. He teaches music theory and coaches chamber music at Lamont and also teaches cello and composition at the Community College of Denver. He also appears regularly as principal cellist with the Cheyenne Symphony and as cellist with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the Confluence String Quartet, and The Playground, Denver’s premiere new music ensemble. He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Colorado. Research interests include analysis of rhythm and meter, 20th century chamber music, and music theory pedagogy.