Pierson WebMarcelle Pierson (Lecturer) received a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago with a minor field in composition in 2015. She also graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a double major in composition and music theory. She has taught at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Harold Washington College in Chicago.

Marcelle’s research focuses on post-war musical modernism and its intersections with voice, texture, timbre, noise, and compositional ethics. She is the author of “Voice and Techne in Music for 18 Musicians” (Twentieth Century Music, 2016). Her current book project, titled “The Voice Under Erasure: Singing, Melody and Expression in Late Modernist Music,” seeks to understand why many composers turned away from melodic writing after World War II.