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About Ted Buehrer

Ted Buehrer's specialties lie in the areas of music theory and theory pedagogy, jazz studies, composition and music technology. In addition to his classroom teaching, Professor Buehrer also leads the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble, leading them in performances on campus, regionally and nationally (including festival performances in Chicago and New Orleans in recent years). The ensemble recorded its first album in 2014. His work in music technology played an important role in the design and establishment of the music department's state-of-the-art Music Computer Classroom.
Professor Buehrer is engaged as a researcher. Sabbatical projects during the 2014-15 academic year include writing a jazz theory textbook for use in his class, as well as research into new areas of inquiry on origins of jazz in New Orleans and the development of jazz in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. In 2013, he published a critical edition of works by jazz pianist, arranger, and composer Mary Lou Williams (Mary Lou Williams: Selected Works for Big Band, Music of the United States of America vol. 25, A-R Editions). In 2009-10, he edited three additional works by Williams for the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington library of performance editions. In conjunction with this work, in 2010 Buehrer served as a judge for the final round of the Essentially Ellington high school jazz competition in New York alongside Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, David Berger, and Rodney Whitaker. His audiobook, How to Listen to and Appreciate Jazz, was published in 2006. He has also been published in the Indiana Theory Review and the Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and has presented research at the national meetings of the Society for Music Theory and the International Association for Jazz Education. He was a 2006-2007 Fellow at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC), and was the 2002-2003 recipient of the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation's Whiting Teaching Fellowship.
An active musician, Professor Buehrer performs regularly with his jazz combo, Padula Oblongata, as well as with the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble. He has arranged or composed numerous works for the jazz ensemble and has been published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. Additionally, he has collaborated with students and faculty in the Dance and Drama department, composing music for a short film and a piece choreographed for a Kenyon Dance Concert. He has also written a commissioned work for the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association that was premiered at their annual conference in 2002.


Present Professor of Music, Kenyon College


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