The banner image is of the Chilean coast. I took the photo in May 2010 (eight months after my stroke), while traveling with my wife, Sharan Leventhal.
Mostly I have worked as a music professor: University of Massachusetts Boston (Lecturer, 2012-), Boston University (Visiting Prof., 2008-2012), Bowling Green State University (Prof., 1991-2008), Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz (adjunct faculty, 1992-1997), Pine Manor College (Asst. Prof., 1989-1991), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Instructor of Percussion, 1984-86), among others. In addition to teaching at the college level, during the 2013-14 academic year I served as a Scholar in Residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. From 1996 to 2006 I served as music and dance critic for The Blade, Toledo, Ohio’s daily newspaper.
My major publications include the textbook Music: A Social Experience (co-authored with Mary Natvig) (Pearson 2011), Music of the Civil War Era (Greenwood Press, 2004) and The Music of Santería: Traditional Rhythms of the Batá Drums (co-authored with John Amira) (White Cliffs Media, 1991).