Music Department Chair
Associate Professor of Music
B.A., Hiram College
M.A., The Ohio State Univeristy
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Tina Spencer Dreisbach, Associate Professor of Music, is a Hiram College graduate. She completed the M.A. in Music History and Flute Pedagogy at Ohio State University and the Ph.D. in Musicology/Early Music Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where she specialized in Baroque music. At CWRU she studied baroque flute with Sandra Miller and voice with Gretchen Garnett. She studied early music at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and the Aston Magna Academy at Bard College. Her discussion and catalogue of the quartets of Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, composer at the Berlin court of Frederick the Great, appears in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
At Hiram, Dr. Dreisbach teaches all periods of music history, American music including jazz and popular styles, gender studies, world music, and Irish studies. She teaches writing in the First Year Program and shares several interdisciplinary classes with colleagues from the Art, History, and English departments. She leads off campus programs in New Orleans and Ireland (Ireland Study Abroad trip next offered in Spring-3, 2008). Her interest in Asian Music led to study at the New England Conservatory, San Diego State University and workshops in Hawaii (through the Japan Studies Association); Bali and Java, Indonesia (through the Center for World Music); and China (through the East West Center).
She plays baroque flute in the Cleveland-based Ensemble Lautenkonzert and the Dreisbach Baroque Ensemble, and Irish flute in the Celtic group Top o' the Hill. She sings in the Hiram Motet Singers (five faculty members) and conducts the Hiram Men's Chorus, a popular campus-community ensemble.
Dr. Dreisbach lives in Hiram with her husband, woodwind specialist Paul Dreisbach, three greyhound rescues, and a whippet. In addition to music, she reads, walks dogs, watches classic films, and travels to visit her adult children, one on each coast.