New Music Faculty 2016-17 Positions Announced


The FIU School of Music has four new full-time faculty positions for the 2016-17 academic year:

Bruce Allen Carter, research associate in music education, is an arts educator and researcher whose work focuses on issues of creativity and the intersections of social justice and arts participation. His research has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal, in addition to numerous invited chapters by Oxford Press. Carter received a B.M. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Northwestern University. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve a six-year position as Council Member on the National Council on the Arts. He was appointed as a CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow for the 2014-15 term.

Raffaele Livio Ponti, visiting Instructor in orchestral studies and director of the FIU Symphony Orchestra, is already familiar to Florida audiences. He currently serves as the music director and conductor of Florida’s Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and as the artistic director and conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Ponti has worked with world class artists and has led the Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic with immediate return engagements. He is also the former principal conductor and music director and now regular guest conductor of Italia Konzert Opera International in San Gimignano, Italy.

Candice Davenport, visiting instructor in music education, has nearly completed her Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Miami, where she taught seminars for student teachers and instrumental methods courses, and mentored pre-service teachers in the Music Reach elementary school outreach program. In addition, she holds degrees from Northwestern University (M.M.) and the University of South Alabama (B.M.). Candice also received certification from the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy. Her research interests include musical creativity, technology integration, blended and online teaching and learning, social issues and psychology, and interdisciplinary and project-based learning in music education.

Federico Bonacossa, instructor in music theory & music history, holds a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in classical guitar performance and music theory. He also holds a master’s degree in music composition from Florida International University where he studied composition and electronic music. As a performer he is involved in promoting new music for guitar, especially works that feature electronics and is also a member of the Miami Guitar Trio.

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