Ted Buehrer's specialties lie in the areas of music theory and theory pedagogy, jazz studies, composition, and music technology. In addition to his classroom teaching, Professor Buehrer also directs the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble, leading them in regional, national, and international performances (including festival performances in Chicago, New Orleans, and Lima, Peru in recent years). The ensemble recorded its first album in 2014. His work in music technology played an important role in the design and establishment of the music department's Music Computer Classroom.
Much of Professor Buehrer’s recent professional activity outside the classroom has been as a performing musician. In 2017, he founded the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) arts organization. This 18-piece big band, in which he serves as musical director and as a trumpet player, gives several performances in the region each year. His newest venture, Fat Tuesday, is a five-piece jazz combo inspired by the music of New Orleans that played regional summer concerts and series to strong reviews. Professor Buehrer has performed with additional groups Padula Oblongata, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the Kenyon Jazz Ensemble and the Kenyon Jazz Faculty Combo.
Professor Buehrer is engaged as a researcher. Sabbatical projects during the 2014-15 academic year included work on a jazz theory and arranging textbook which he uses in his class. In 2013, he published a critical edition of works by jazz pianist, arranger and composer Mary Lou Williams (Mary Lou Williams: Selected Works for Big Band, Music of the United States of America vol. 25, A-R Editions). In 2009-10, he edited three additional works by Williams for the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington library of performance editions. In conjunction with this work, in 2010 Buehrer served as a judge for the final round of the Essentially Ellington high school jazz competition in New York alongside Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, David Berger and Rodney Whitaker. His audiobook, How to Listen to and Appreciate Jazz, was published in 2006. He has also been published in the Indiana Theory Review and the Annual Review of Jazz Studies and has presented research at the national meetings of the Society for Music Theory and the International Association for Jazz Education. He was a 2006-2007 Fellow at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC) and was the 2002-2003 recipient of the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation's Whiting Teaching Fellowship.
As a composer and arranger, Professor Buehrer has prepared numerous works for the jazz ensemble and has been published by the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press. Additionally, he has collaborated with students and faculty in the Dance and Drama department, composing music for a short film and a piece choreographed for a Kenyon Dance Concert. He has also written a commissioned work for the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association that was premiered at their annual conference.
Areas of Expertise
Music theory, jazz studies, composition, music technology.
2000 — Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana Univ Bloomington
1993 — Master of Music from Indiana Univ Bloomington
1991 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College, Phi Beta Kappa