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Department of Music

Dr. Bruce Mayhall Dr. Bruce Mayhall Rastrelli Associate Professor of Music
DMA - University of Oklahoma


Dr. Bruce Mayhall Rastrelli studied at Harding College (BA), Ohio University (MM) and the University of Oklahoma (DMA).  Evva Delano Corsbie, Glenn Rikard, Daniel Burton, Kenneth Davis, Richard Wetzel, Michael Rogers and Dennis Shrock influenced him most significantly.


Dr. Mayhall taught at Ohio Valley College, the University of Oklahoma, University of Nevada, Reno, California State University, Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University/LA.  Leading church choirs, community, and symphony choruses prepared him to survive eight years as a professional cat herder for Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.  Collaborating with Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin was a delightful highlight of his work in Los Angeles.


A passion of Dr. Mayhall is commissioning and performing new music, including works by Eric Whitacre, Alan Broadbent, Rosephanye Powell, Alice Parker, Daniel Catán, Gwyneth Walker, Daniel Afonso, Byron J. Smith, Enrique Gonzalez-Medina, David Montoya, Oscar Escalada, Nestor Zadoff, and David Del Tredici.


Historical researching and writing fill his leisure hours. He has completed five books, including a musical biography of his grandfather, William Burton Clement, and a collection and analysis of Burton's 131 published songs. A generational biography of Bruce's eleven ancestors who served in the Union and Confederate armies is presently emerging from his computer.

Contact

The Music Department (503) 838-8275 | or e-mail: lcaligu@wou.edu
Location: Smith Hall

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