Two assistant professors have joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Music. Bonnie Pomfret will teach voice and opera, and William Price will teach music theory.
Pomfret, a native of Massachusetts, received degrees in piano and voice from the Musi-khochschule in Freiburg, Germany, and earned her master’s degree in voice from the Boston Conservatory. She holds a Ph.D. in vocal performance from Indiana University, where she was a student of Virginia Zeani, leading soprano of La Scala and Covent Garden.
A 1994 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Wagner-Festspiele in Bayreuth, Germany, she taught at Illinois State University, Emory University, and since 2004, Shorter College, and maintains a private studio in Atlanta. A soprano, she has performed music from the 12th to 21st centuries, in seven languages throughout the world. Her interests include contemporary music and the music of the bel canto period.
Price earned his undergraduate degree in music education at the University of North Alabama and his master’s and doctoral degrees in music from Louisiana State University. He was most recently visiting assistant professor of music theory at UAB. A composer, Price has received awards and commissions from numerous organizations, including the American Society of Com-posers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Percussive Arts Society, American Composers Forum, National Association of Composers U.S.A., Louisiana Music Teachers Association and Southeastern Composers League. His music has been performed and premiered by the Contemporary Ensemble of the Conservatory in Athens, Greece, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Rosario, the Thelema Trio, the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet and the U.S. Coast Guard Saxophone Trio, among others.