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Musicology

Undergraduate Study
The faculty members of Peabody Conservatory’s Department of Musicology specialize in areas that span the history of notated Western music and involve many subdisciplines in the field of musicology. The Department of Musicology plays an integral role in the education of all Peabody undergraduates. Members of the Musicology faculty teach courses in the history of music that are required components of the curriculum of students in all Conservatory departments. Undergraduates have the opportunity to expand their music history education by fulfilling requirements for the Minor in Musicology, which involves enrolling in additional course electives from the department’s offerings of graduate seminars and classes in the Peabody at Homewood program. Homewood undergraduates can also take advantage of the department’s offerings by joining undergraduate courses in music hosted at Peabody and through Peabody at Homewood, and by enrolling in the Minor in Music.

Graduate Study
The Department of Musicology offers graduate seminars on a broad range of topics each semester for all Peabody students working toward MM and DMA degrees. In addition, DMA students work closely with members of the department faculty who serve as advisors for the doctoral examinations and final document or dissertation.

The department also offers a Master of Music degree with a specialty in Musicology. Students in the program participate in graduate seminars and in the Musicology Colloquium, and write a thesis under the mentorship of an advisor from the department faculty. Students accepted into the program are eligible to apply for financial support in the form of graduate assistantships that may provide undergraduate teaching experience. Graduate study in musicology at Peabody is enhanced by the Friedheim Music Library, which holds an extensive collection of books, scores, and archival materials, as well as the Lester Levy Collection of Sheet Music, the George Peabody Library, and the proximity of the Library of Congress.

Recent graduates of the Master of Music degree in Musicology have gone on to PhD programs at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and University of Maryland. Alumni of the program now hold positions at colleges and universities around the country.

Full-Time Faculty

John Gabriel, jgabrie8@jhu.edu
Ph.D., Harvard University; M.A., Freie Universität Berlin; B.A., University of Chicago

Areas of Interest: 20th century music and music theater, music and politics, music and technology, reception studies, music in Central Europe and the United States, historiography
Courses Taught: Making Music Functional in Weimar Republic Germany, Lateness in the Writing of Music History, Bibliography, Music History II

Richard Giarusso, Chair, rgiarus1@jhu.edu
Ph.D., Harvard University; B.A., Williams College

Areas of Interest: Art song, the symphony after Beethoven, Wagner, 20th-century English music. Performance (as singer): Washington Bach Consort, Cathedra. Performance (as conductor): artistic director, Voce Chamber Singers, Georgetown Chorale
Courses Taught: Undergraduate Courses at Peabody: History of Music II; History of Music III; History of Music IV. Graduate Seminars at Peabody: Symphonies of Gustav Mahler; Symphonies of Johannes Brahms; Berlioz and the Romantic Imagination; From Romanticism to Modernism; The English Musical Renaissance; Wagner; Music in Venice. Courses at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Western Classical Music; Music & Literature: Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus; Music & Literature: 20th-Century Opera

David Gutkin
Ph.D., Columbia University

Areas of Interest: Twentieth- and twenty-first century music, particularly opera, jazz, and postwar avant-gardes; philosophies of history, temporality, and memory; narrative theory; African-American culture, particularly around the the Black Arts movement; graphic and other non-conventional notational forms; globalization and neoliberalism; overlapping visual art, theater, and music scenes in New York since the 1950s.

Laura Protano-Biggslprotan1@jhu.edu
PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MPhil and BA Hons, University of Cambridge

Areas of Interest: Opera, in particular nineteeth-century Italian opera and French grand opera; musical technologies; 19th-century performance cultures
Courses TaughtVerdi and his Contemporaries; Technologies in the Concert Hall and Opera House from the Enlightenment to the Present Day; Music History 4: Music in the 20th Century; Musicology colloquium

Andrew Talleatalle@gmail.com
Ph.D., Harvard; B.A., B.M., and M.A., Northwestern University

Areas of Interest: Early eighteenth-century German musical culture, particularly that surrounding the music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Courses Taught: J. S. Bach and His Contemporaries; The African-American Gospel Tradition; Robert Schumann as Critic; Interpreting Music; History of Music II (Baroque and Classical Eras); History of Music IV (20th Century)

Anicia Timberlake
Ph.D., University of California

Areas of Interest: Twentieth-century music, music and politics, aesthetic theory, and music and childhood

Elizabeth Tolberttolbert@peabody.jhu.edu
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.M., University of Colorado, Boulder; B.M., Florida State University

Areas of Interest: Ethnomusicology and Musicology include the following: music and evolution, feminist theory and gender, music and language ideologies, ritual, and music cognition; fieldwork in Finland, Karelia, and Peabody Conservatory.
Courses Taught: Issues in Ethnomusicology; Transnationalism and Globalization in World Music; Proseminar in Ethnomusicology; Music and Culture; Music and Evolution; Music and Language; Musicology Colloquium

Susan Weisssweiss@jhu.edu
Ph.D., University of Maryland; M.A., Smith College; B.A., Goucher College

Areas of Interest: Medieval and Renaissance European and non-Western musical culture, music theory, musical instruments, iconography, musical learning and memory; Digital Humanities; American musical theater
Courses Taught: Peabody Undergraduate: Music History I; Peabody Graduate: DMA Musicology Colloquium; Musical Learning; Art and Music in Renaissance Ferrara (with Stephen Campbell, Art History); History of Musical Notation; Social History of Music; Love Lyric of the Italian Renaissance; Homewood: History and Technology of Musical Instruments; Musical Theater from Aristophanes to Leonard Bernstein

Jennifer Ottervikottervik@jhu.edu
M.L.S., M.M., and B.A., University of North Texas

Areas of Interest: African-American Music; Music Librarianship; Music Archives and Special; Collections; Recorded Sound
Courses Taught: Bibliography

Part-Time Faculty

Suhnne Ahnsahn1@peabody.jhu.edu
Ph.D. and A.M., Harvard University; B.A., Yale University

Areas of Interest: 19th-century chamber music; Beethoven source studies (specifically Beethoven violin sonatas); early 19th-century French violin concerti (Baillot, Kreutzer, Rode, etc); institutional history of the Paris Conservatory
Courses Taught: Beethoven at Work: Sketches and Autographs
Teaching; Virtuosity: Pedagogy & Performance at the Paris Conservatory;
The Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms;
Unraveling Ravel: Beyond Bolero; England’s Queen, Opera's Muse: Elizabeth I; Beethoven String Quartets

Kirk-Evan Billet, kbillet1@peabody.jhu.edu
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music; M.S.(L.I.S.), Drexel University; M.M., University of Miami; B.M., Peabody Conservatory

Areas of Interest: Music cataloging and classification; linked data for music resources; medium of performance and genre/form vocabularies; Arabic music; Notre Dame conductus and motet; Stravinsky
Courses Taught: Bibliography; Music of the Arab World

Douglas Buchanandouglas.allanbuchanan@gmail.com
D.M.A. and M.Mus., Peabody Conservatory; B.Mus., College of Wooster

Area of Interest: Music Theory (form and counterpoint); Baroque Style and Rhetoric; Late Beethoven; Contemporary Composition and Analysis; Music and Meaning; Music and Evolution; Music and Animals
Courses Taught: History of Music III; Music History Intensive; Music Theory I-II

David Hildebranddirector@colonialmusic.org
Ph.D., Catholic University; M.A., George Washington University; B.S., Dickinson College

Area of Interest: Music of early America (to 1820), research and performance; music and art as tools for teaching history; educational workshops for teachers
Courses Taught: Music in the United States: 1607-1950; Music in Maryland from Colonization through the Civil War

John Moranjmoran@peabody.jhu.edu
Ph.D., King’s College London; Mus.B., Oberlin College

 

 

Summer Rankinsrankin5@jhmi.edu
Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2015) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; PhD in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences from Florida Atlantic University (2010), BA in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University (2003), BA in Music from Florida Atlantic University (2003)

Classes taught: Topics in Music Cognition

 

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