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Faculty searches complete

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on May 23, 2024 - 1:03pm
  • New UW faculty
    Francisco Luis Reyes Peguero, William Dougherty, Andrew Munsey, and Stephanie Richards join the UW Music faculty in 2024-25.

The School of Music recently announced the successful completion of faculty searches in the areas of Music Education; Composition/Improvisation/Theory; and Music Technology, plus a spousal hire in Music. New appointments are effective in Fall 2024 and Winter 2025.

Francisco Luis Reyes Peguero, Music Education

The UW gains a new assistant professor of Music Education in Fall 2024 with the recent selection of Francisco Luis Reyes Peguero to join the Music Education faculty at the School of Music. 

A Latin Grammy nominated saxophonist, music educator, and researcher, Dr. Peguero holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from McGill University, an M.A. in Music Education from the Universidad de Granada, and a B.Mus in Jazz and Caribbean Music from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. 

His research interests include sociology of education, postcolonial education, and teacher education and traditional music in music education. He has published his work in the Canadian Music Educator and Research Studies in Music Education. He has also been invited to share his research in conferences in Canada, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. 

William Dougherty, Composition/Improvisation/Theory

Composer and sound artist William (Bill) Dougherty joins the School of Music faculty in Winter Quarter 2025 as assistant professor of Composition/Improvisation/Theory. Currently a faculty member at Temple University, Dougherty earned his DMA at Columbia University in New York City. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Glasgow), The Sun Ra Arkestra (Philadelphia),Yarn/Wire (New York), Ensemble Phoenix; JACK Quartet (New York), and Talea Ensemble (New York). He is the recipient of many top composing awards and prizes, including the Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Music Composition (2021) as well as honors and fellowships from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM/ISCM), and the Aaron Copland House, among others.

Dougherty has served in a wide range of musical capacities outside of the world of art music, playing piano for early childhood music classes at the Little London Music School, serving as the Principal Organist and Choir Director of St. Mary Magdalen's Church in England, and writing and performing original music for a children's puppet show at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. As Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Community Orchestra, Dougherty leads an instrumental ensemble—open to all ages and skill levels—that focuses on experimental, improvised, and alternative music-making in Center City, Philadelphia. 

Andrew Munsey, Music and Technology

Andrew B. Munsey will initially join the Jazz Studies faculty in Fall 2024 as an assistant professor, tasked with leading the School’s fledgling Music and Technology program. A drummer, composer, and GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer, Munsey has performed and premiered works throughout North America and Europe. His collaborative works as a sound designer and composer have been exhibited and screened at the Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou (FR), Documenta (DE), Van Gogh Museum (NL), Anthology Film Archives, and the Library of Congress, with festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London, the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. His work as a sound mixer for television can be heard on PBS, Discovery International, Smithsonian, Comedy Central, and Spike TV networks.

Stephanie Richards, Music

Stephanie Richards joins the UW faculty in Fall 2024 as a Professor of Music, an appointment made possible through a spousal hire agreement between the UW and her spouse, Andrew Munsey.  Richards is a trumpet player, improviser and composer, as well as a bandleader, curator, producer, and conductor. She has performed commissioned pieces and her own compositions at legendary venues like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Blue Note. She has collaborated with artists such as improvisational pioneers Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn, and Anthony Braxton, composer Helmut Lachenmann, and performance artists Mike Kelly and Yoko Ono. As a founding member of Asphalt Orchestra, created by the new music collective Bang on a Can, Richards has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, and Tyondai Braxton, among others, and performed alongside Kronos Quartet, The Pixies and hip hop artists Kanye West, A-Trak and Common. Championing new music for brass, she has premiered works from stages such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Barbican, the Blue Note NYC, the Guggenheim Museum and others. Richards also has interests in multidisciplinary activities that have led her to collaborations with artistic areas outside music, such as dance. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University, and California Institute of the Arts, and has held residency at Stanford University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Francisco Luis Reyes Peguero, William Dougherty, Andrew Munsey, and Stephanie Richards to our faculty,” says acting director Joël-François Durand. “Their areas of research and approaches to teaching and performance are well-aligned with the values and priorities we had hoped to foster with these faculty searches. We anticipate they will enhance in many positive ways the relationships between our programs in the School of Music.”