William Bares

Associate Professor
222 Lipinsky Hall, CPO 2290
Office hours are T/Thu 9-10 and W/F 11-12.

Pianist/scholar William Bares received his Ph.D in ethnomusicology in 2009 from Harvard University under the mentorship of Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. He spent much of the past decade researching European jazz and playing professionally on the European scene. He has published articles on transatlantic jazz in Jazzforschung, Jazz Research Journal, American Music, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, among others. He taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before taking a job as assistant professor of music and co-director of jazz studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, in 2011. Bares is active in Asheville's thriving musical community as an educator, musician and promoter. He was the solo pianist in the Blue Ridge Orchestra's debut of Rhapsody in Blue, and served for three years as curator of the Sunday Jazz Showcase at Asheville’s famed Isis Music Hall. He was also coordinator of Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues—an international meeting of scholars and musicians that took place in Asheville in October of 2014. His book, Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern, is forthcoming.


B.A., Amherst College
M.M., University of Miami
Ph.D., Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • MUSC122001 ARTS:Jazz Band
  • MUSC129001 Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC365001 Jazz Theory and Improv II
  • MUSC373002 ST:ARTS:CL13A:African American Music: Slavery to Swing