Brent C. Talbot is Professor and Head of the Department of Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his appointment at UIC, Talbot served as Artistic Director of the Gettysburg Children's Choir from 2010-2022 and was an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.
Dr. Talbot was the founding director of the Eastman Young Children's Chorus and Director of the Eastman New Horizons Choir. He is an active choral clinician who has conducted numerous county and district honor choirs as well as directed groups at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Chautauqua Institute. As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Talbot has taught thousands of students across the country about Balinese music and dance. He is the founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara, an instrumental ensemble that performs concerts of contemporary and traditional music from Bali, Indonesia.
Dr. Talbot is the author/editor of four books and has published widely in state, national, and international journals as well as in books on music education and music therapy. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international conferences, his research examines power, discourse, and issues of social justice in varied settings for music learning around the globe.
A former middle and high school teacher, Dr. Talbot taught choir, band, and general music classes in the Rochester (NY) City School District and at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, where he served as chair of the music department. Dr. Talbot performs piano, voice, saxophone, percussion, and gamelan, and was a former ballroom dancer and instructor for Arthur Murray. He earned a Ph.D and M.A. in Music Education and a Diploma in Ethnomusicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester as well as a B.M.E. in Choral/General and Instrumental Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Additionally, he is certified in three levels of Orff-Schulwerk.
Dr. Talbot is an active member of ACDA and serves in leadership roles within the MayDay Group and NAfME. For more information go to Dr. Talbot's website www.brentctalbot.com.
Brent C. Talbot, Ph.D.