Welcoming new faculty
Dr. Cristina Fava has joined the School as assistant professor of musicology. Born in Riva del Garda, Italy, she holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music in Trento, Italy (B.M., clarinet performance), Bowling Green State University (M.M., music history and M.M., ethnomusicology), and Eastman School of Music (Ph.D., musicology). Fava’s current musicological research considers the multifaceted social, economic, political, and intellectual contexts of American musical life during the 20th Century, including the intersections of music and politics during the Great Depression and the effects of McCarthyism on film composers. Before joining the faculty at WMU, she taught at Eastman and at Michigan State University.
Dr. Yu-Lien The has joined the School as assistant professor in the keyboard area. Born in the Netherlands, she holds degrees from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany (Artist Diploma, recorder and Diplomas in piano and recorder pedagogy and performance); Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany (Artist Diploma, piano); Western Michigan University, (M.M., piano performance); and Michigan State University (D.M.A., piano performance). Winner of several international competitions, The has performed throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States, including appearances at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and at Carnegie Hall. She served previously on the faculties of WMU, Valparaiso University, and Bowling Green State University.