Music History Alumni
Garrett Rigsby (2013)
Garrett Rigsby received an M. A. in Conducting from the University of California, Davis in 2015, where he served as Assistant Conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, and Conductor of the Davis Brass Ensemble. Garrett earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in 2013, where he conducted several premieres for Pacific Arts Contemporary Ensembles (P.A.C.E). He continues to advocate for the performance of contemporary music. His interest in the life and work of Gustav Mahler led him to write his senior thesis on narrative and form in Mahler's First Symphony. Since graduating he participated in a number of highly reputable conducting workshops and worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, James Ross, Carl Topilow, Harold Farberman, and Guillermo Figueroa.
Joseph Franke (2009)
Joseph Franke graduated from Pacific in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Music History, and was a violinist in the orchestra. His particular interest in American music led him to an independent study in the orchestral music of George Whitfield Chadwick. Joe is currently in a Ph.D. musicology program at the University of Pittsburgh-a program renowned for American music-and continues his interest in Chadwick alongside work on William Grant Still, Sibelius, and eighteenth-century German music.
Erick Arenas (2002)
Erick Arenas graduated from the Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Music History in 2002 and went on to complete his M.A. in Music History at the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. in Musicology at Stanford University. His dissertation focuses on Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806) and the orchestral solemn mass in eighteenth century Austria and Germany. While his principal research deals with eighteenth-century music, his further research and teaching interests range from Gregorian Chant to nineteenth-century orchestral music. Currently he teaches music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and resides in Redwood City with his wife (a C.O.P. graduate) and their two sons
Lily E. Hirsch (2001)
Lily E. Hirsch earned a Bachelor of Music in Music History from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Pacific in 2001 and received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University in 2006. She then became Assistant Professor of Music at Cleveland State University. Her book, A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League, was recently published by the University of Michigan Press; she is currently at work on another book project concerning music's roles in American crime prevention and punishment.