Rich Pellegrin was appointed to the UF faculty in 2017 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory. He previously taught music history, theory, jazz, and improvisation at the University of Missouri and at the University of Washington, where he completed his PhD in 2013.
Pellegrin’s dissertation, On Jazz Analysis: Schenker, Salzer, and Salience, examined the significance of the Salzerian analytical tradition with respect to both the classical and jazz idioms. He has presented his research at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. His work has been published in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy and in volumes by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and KFU Publishing House. He has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Jazz Studies and in Music Theory Online, and is currently working on a book entitled Analytical Approaches to Jazz: Tonal, Modal, and Beyond.
Active as a jazz pianist and composer, Pellegrin’s debut record, Three-Part Odyssey, was released on Origin Records’ OA2 label in 2011. All About Jazz praised it as being “remarkably original” and a “superb debut,” giving it four and a half stars. His second record, Episodes IV-VI, has been called “strikingly original” by Earshot Jazz Magazine, “first class” by Midwest Record, and “a masterwork” by KUCI 88.9 FM (Irvine, CA). Both releases have received significant national and international airplay. His third record, Down, will be released in 2019.
In 2014, Dr. Pellegrin organized the Mizzou Improvisation Project, an interdisciplinary festival which brought together a diverse range of scholars, performers, educators, improvisers, and composers. The festival included a collaborative recording session with Pellegrin’s Seattle-based band and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, material from which will be released on his next album.
Dr. Pellegrin holds degrees from Oberlin College, Kent State University, and the University of Washington, and has also worked extensively as a church organist and choirmaster.