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Angela Mariani

Angela MarianiA native of the state of Massachusetts, Angela Mariani is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Texas Tech University School of Music and the director of the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble (www.ttuearlymusic.com). Both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees are from the Early Music Institute at Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music, with a main research and performance area in the field of medieval music and ensemble direction; her doctoral document examined issues of improvisation and “invention” in the performance practice of medieval music. Dr. Mariani studied medieval performance practice with the groundbreaking early music scholar and performer Thomas Binkley, and undertook additional voice and performance practice studies with Paul Elliott, Wendy Gillespie, and Elisabeth Wright. She has also studied medieval music with Benjamin Bagby and Barbara Thornton of Sequentia, and early music vocal techniques with Boston-based soprano Nancy Armstrong. Dr. Mariani also has a Certificate in Medieval Studies from Indiana University.

Dr. Mariani began her professional music career in the world of rock and folk as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she taught and performed for a decade in the Boston area, where she also taught a popular acoustic fingerstyle guitar course at Boston's Guitar Workshop, and co-founded the folk-rock band Reynardine in the 1980s. When she is asked what drew her to medieval and Renaissance music, she may cite her experience in the University of Massachusetts' Collegium Musicum and the influence of the Studio der Frühen Musik recordings from the 1970s; but she is just as likely to blame Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention.

Since the early 1990's, Dr. Mariani has also written, produced, and hosted the nationally-syndicated public radio program Harmonia. She has published on the topics of early music performance practice, public radio, and rock and roll, and has appeared on National Public Radio, Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, and the CBC. She records and tours internationally with Altramar medieval music ensemble (7 CDs on the Dorian Group label), has taught early music at workshops internationally, has served as recording session producer for groups such as Ensemble Alcatraz, The Newberry Consort, and SAVAE, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Early Music America. She also performs and records traditional Irish music with the group Johnny Faa, founded by colleague and partner Dr. Chris Smith (also on the TTU faculty and a fellow member of Altramar), and co-founded the local non-profit organization Caprock Early Music.

In addition to directing the Early Music Ensemble at Tech, Dr. Mariani teaches seminars on medieval music and early performance practice and graduate and undergraduate music history courses; she also designed and inaugurated Tech's very popular, large-enrollment History of Rock and Roll course and the School of Music’s new Graduate Certificate Program in Early Music Performance Practice. In 2007, Dr. Mariani was inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy.
To contact Dr. Mariani, email her at angelamariani.smith@ttu.edu.