Eric Chernov, music theory, composition, conducting
Composer and Music Theorist Eric B. Chernov holds degrees from the University at Buffalo (Ph. D.; 2009; Music Theory); Queens College (CUNY) (M.A.; 1997; Music Theory); and Mannes College of Music (B.M.; 1996; Percussion).
He studied percussion with John Horrigan, Jerry Scholl, and Norman Freeman; theory and analysis with Henry Burnett, John Clough, Robert Cuckson, Daniel Plante, Carl Schachter, and Charles Smith; and conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod. Dr. Chernov has been an Assistant Professor of Music (adj) at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music since 2006 and has been a faculty member (and former co-chair of the theory department) at Mannes College of Music's Preparatory Division since 1996. Additionally, he has been on the faculty of the Juilliard MAP program, the Boys Choir of Harlem, Highbridge Voices, Dowling College, and the University of Alabama, among others. In 2016, he was an artist-in-residence at Bethel Woods' P.L.A.Y. Music program. In 2010, he was awarded Queens College's university-wide "Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching." He is also an active composer (ASCAP) with numerous performances throughout the United States and abroad.
Dr. Chernov teaches courses in music theory, musicology, and related fields. He has given lecture-series courses on Mahler, Program and Incidental Music of the 19th century, Beethoven's Symphonies, and American Masters of Song. He has conducted seminar courses on the Music of Pete Townshend, British Rock Music of the 1960s, and Led Zeppelin. He has given over thirty public lectures in his popular UnGeeking Music lecture series; these lectures have included a wide range of subjects, including: "An Introduction to the Music of Florence Price;" "Studio Cats and Brill Building Denizens;" "One-Hit Wonders of Classical Music;" "Entartete Musik;" "Bach and the Art of Imitation;" "The Reformation's Influence on Music History;" and "Characteristics of the Baroque Era."
Dr. Chernov has coordinated and presented at several conferences, including the Third International Schenker Symposium (1999), Carl Schachter: A Celebration (1999), Developing the Musical Ear: A Conference on the Teaching of Ear Training at the College Level (2000), the Fifth Annual CUNY-GSM Conference, and several regional CMS Conferences.