Department Head, Music
Musicologist and conductor Eric Rice is a specialist in the history and performance of music composed before 1750. He is Head of the Music Department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, notation, and historical performance, and he also serves as a member of the Medieval Studies faculty. He demonstrates the relationship between scholarship and performance as director of the UConn Collegium Musicum. His published scholarship, which includes two books and numerous articles, is focused primarily on medieval and Renaissance music of the Western liturgy and its relationship to architecture, politics, and secular music. As a performer, Rice seeks to pique interest in the cultures of the distant past through the immediacy of historically informed performance. He directs Ensemble Origo, hailed by The New York Times as “a fine, flexible ensemble,” presenting concerts that reflect the context in which early repertory was originally produced and heard. Previous performing appointments were as Artistic Director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival and Music Director and tenor in the Boston-based period vocal ensemble Exsultemus. Previous academic appointments were at Brandeis and Columbia, where he earned a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.