1. Faculty

Alexander John Stalarow

Music History and Literature

Courses Taught

  • French Music and the Postwar Generation
  • Genius of J.S. Bach


  • PhD, University of California, Davis
  • MA, University of California, Davis
  • M2, University of Toulouse
  • BA, The George Washington University


  • Camerata California

Awards and Distinctions

  • American Musicological Society, Dissertation Fellowship
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Bilinski Educational Foundation Research Fellowship

What is your hometown?

Glen Head, NY

What is your favorite recording?

Bruno Walter leading the New York Philharmonic in a 1952 Columbia Records recording of Brahms 4. Also, I never tire of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

French cooking and culture, hiking, travel, and crosswords.

Who were your major teachers?

Beth Levy and Christopher Reynolds.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Going into Manhattan as a high schooler to get rush tickets to the Met Opera, NY Phil, Carnegie Hall, and shows on Broadway.

What was a turning point in your career?

When I stumbled upon Pierre Schaeffer's opera, Orphée 53, while researching potential paper topics for a graduate seminar at UC Davis.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I'd open my own wine shop (specializing in French wines of course).

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mozart, Beethoven, and Rodgers.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Paris, 1913.

What is your unrealized project?

A book on the fascinating life and music of Pierre Schaeffer (in progress).