Welcome new faculty

Welcome to our newest faculty members in Humanities.

Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff

Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff is the newly appointed Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Brock University and Artistic Director of the Avanti Chamber Singers. Former conductor of the McMaster University Choir and founder of the McMaster Women’s Choir, Dr. Rensink-Hoff completed her Doctorate and Master of Music degree at Western University, pursuing additional studies at the Eastman School of Music Conducting Institute, the Voice Care Network of St. John’s University, Minnesota, and the University of Toronto. Vice-President of Programming for Choral Canada, Rachel Rensink-Hoff is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting awarded by the Ontario Arts Council. In 2015, her McMaster Women’s Choir was awarded first prize in the National Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs of the CBC and Choral Canada. That same year she was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at McMaster University.

Dr. Adam Rappold

Dr. Adam Rappold (PhD, The Ohio State University), Department of Classics. Adam comes to Brock after teaching at The Ohio State University, where he obtained his PhD with a dissertation entitled “The Shadow of the Polis: A Synchronic and Diachronic Examination of the Skira festival in Athens.” His research interests center on exploring the influence of ancient religious thought and performance on the reception of Athenian drama (both ancient and modern) – particularly in cases where such an exploration expands our understanding of the voices of marginalized or non-elite viewers. He has presented at national and international leading conferences on a number of subjects pertinent both to the study of ancient religions and classical drama including: the evolution of myth, the influence of politics on religious cult, and on the novel mythmaking of Euripides’ lost Erechtheus. In addition, he has been published in Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (2014), with an article entitled ‘The Stuff of Dream: An Aesopic Critique of Dream Interpretation.”