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Faculty: Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Theory

Musicology Faculty

The Lamont Musicology Faculty at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts

From left to right: Suzanne Moulton Gertig, Jack Sheinbaum, Sarah Morelli and Antonia L. Banducci

Committed to fostering critical thinkers and writers, the Musicology faculty offers a wide range of courses in classical and vernacular Western and non-Western musics. Our courses focus on the study of music in its historical, analytical and cultural contexts. These studies form an important component of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. The department offers a Master of Arts with a concentration in Musicology. Master's theses may focus on topics drawn from a variety of sub-disciplines, including historical musicology, popular music studies, jazz history and ethnomusicology. Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree in Musicology and Performance.

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Antonia L.   Banducci, Ph.D.

Antonia Banducci

Antonia L. Banducci specializes in French Baroque opera.  A Fulbright Scholar, her dissertation, "Tancrède by Antoine Danchet and André Campra: Performance History and Reception (1702-1764)," (Washington University, St. Louis, 1990) received the National Opera Association's First Biennial Award for Best Dissertation on an Operatic Topic.  She has presented papers at both national and international musicology meetings and currently serves as Secretary of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 319
  • Phone:  303-871-6920
  • Email:  abanducc@du.edu
  • Interests: 

    Opera, staging, historical performance practice, music as an agent of social change.

  • Publications: 

    "Du jeu scénique et de son effet dramatique : l'apport des didascalies manuscrites scéniques dans les livrets et partitions" ["Staging and its Dramatic Effect: The Contribution of Manuscript Prompt Notes in Librettos and Scores"], trans. Jaqueline Waeber.  In Musique et Geste en France de Lully à la Révolution: Études sur la musique, le théâtre et la danse, Jacqueline Waeber, ed., 115-128.  Bern: Peter Lang, 2009.

    "Lully Opera Highlighted at 2007 Boston Early Music Festival," 17th-Century Music (Society for Seventeenth-Century Music newsletter) 17/1 (2007): 12, 14 (co-authored with Rebecca Harris-Warrick).

    Editor.  André Campra, Tancrède, tragédie en musique (facsimile edition with introduction and appendices).  French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  Vol. 18.  Stuyvesant, N.Y.: Pendragon Press, 2006.

    "The Opera Atelier Performance (Toronto, 2000): The Spirit of Lully on the Modern Stage" (Review-Essay).  The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 10, no. 1 (http://66.147.244.57/~sscmjscm/jscm/v10no1.html).  On-line in April 2005. 

    "Staging and Its Dramatic Effect in French Baroque Opera: Evidence from Prompt Notes." Eighteenth-Century Music 1 (2004): 5-28.

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Chappell Kingsland

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      As a professor, composer, performer and scholar, Chappell Kingsland is most interested in exploring the connections between musical worlds.  His teaching philosophy is to focus on the experiential side of learning and draw from a broad range of classical, popular and world-music repertoire.  In Aural Skills, his students develop a variety of mutually-reinforcing skills from solfège, piano playing and dictation to choral singing, conducting and composing.

  • Office: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 418
  • Phone: 720 380-8303
  • Email: lkingsla@du.edu
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Jonathan   Leathwood

Jonathan Leathwood

Jonathan Leathwood is equally noted as a teacher and writer on music. In 2001 he conceived and edited Guitar Forum, a new scholarly journal for the classical guitar published in the United Kingdom by the European Guitar Teachers' Association (EGTA UK). The previous year, he was the British delegate at EGTA's international conference in Cambridge, England, where he gave a lecture on analysis and performance. He owes the academic and scholarly side of his background to King's College London, from where he graduated in 1991 with First Class Honours and the Purcell Prize for academic achievement. He was later invited back to King's to teach Music Analysis and Techniques of Musical Composition, before eventually moving to the United States in 1998. His principal teachers in guitar have been Gordon Crosskey, Richard Wright, Paul Galbraith, Ricardo Iznaola and the pianist and conductor George Hadjinikos.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 302
  • Phone:  303. 871 6929
  • Email:  jleathwo@du.edu
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Sarah   Morelli, Ph.D.

Sarah Morelli

Sarah Morelli specializes in the classical music and dance of North India. Active as both a scholar and performer, she teaches courses on music-cultures from around the world and leads a North Indian classical performance ensemble.  

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 301
  • Phone:  303-871-6962
  • Email:  sarah.morelli@du.edu
  • Publications: 

    Tales of a Modern Guru: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora. Champaign IL: University of Illinois Press (under contract)

    “Intergenerational Adaptation in North Indian Kathak Dance.” Anthropological Notebooks. 16/3 (2010): 77-91.

    "Pusan." In Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Vol. V: Asia and Oceania. ed. Shepherd et al. London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2005, 49.

    "World Library of Folk and Primitive Music Vol. 7: India" (Recording Review). Recorded by Alain Danielou, from the Alan Lomax collection. Rounder Records CDROUN1755, 2002. in Ethnomusicology 48 (Fall 2004): 475-478.

    "Who is a Dancing Hero? Rap, Hip-Hop and Dance in Korean Popular Culture." In Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA. ed. Tony Mitchell. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 2001, 248-258.

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Suzanne   Moulton - Gertig, Ph.D.

Suzanne Moulton - Gertig

Suzanne L. Moulton-Gertig holds an undergraduate degree from James Madison University, two masters degrees from Kent State University (in Musicology and Library Science), and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado-Boulder (Dissertation, "The Life and Works of Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, 1860-1945."). She teaches in both the academic and conservatory divisions of Lamont School of Music. In addition, she serves as head of the Bonfils Stanton Music Library. Professor Moulton-Gertig has given invited papers both nationally and internationally. She has served as chapter chair of both the Music Library Association and American Musicological Society, and chapter president of American Harp Society. She is currently on the national board of the American Harp Society and serves as Midwestern Regional Director. A former editor of Ars Music Denver and The American Harp Journal, Moulton-Gertig is the editor of The Ostracon: The Journal of the Egyptian Study Society presently.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 440A
  • Phone:  303-871-6427
  • Email:  Suzanne.Moulton-Gertig@du.edu
  • Interests: 

    Western art music of the late eighteenth, late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; history and literature of the pedal harp; women in music; and Ancient Egyptian studies.

  • Publications: 

    A Basic Music Library, 4th ed. Chapter: Harp Literature. Chicago: American Library Association (forthcoming).

    The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. "The Salzedo Colony." Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

    Research within the Disciplines: Foundations for Reference and Library Instruction. Chapter 2. Music Research. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2007, 32-60.

    "A Case of a Composer's Intentions and Public Demand: Peggy Glanville Hicks' Concertino Antico for String Quartet and Harp." World Harp Congress Review IX, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 7-20.

    "The Art of Harp Performance in Late Eighteenth Century America: Avocation, Economic Necessity and Questions of Authentic American Repertoire." The American Harp Journal Vol. 20, no. 2 (Winter 2005): 33-49.

    "Classical Music." in Women and Music in America since 1900: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

    "Ethel Merman." in Women and Music in America since 1900: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev. ed. Sadie, Stanley, ed. "Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von." London and Washington, DC: MacMillan Pubs./Grove's Dictionaries of Music, Inc., 2001.

    " 'A Distinguished Ornament of the Profession': Sophia Corri Dussek (1775-1847)." World Harp Congress Review VII, no. 2 (Spring 2000): 12-24.

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Jack   Sheinbaum, Ph.D.

Jack Sheinbaum

Jack Sheinbaum earned an AB in music and psychology at Brown University, and wrote a dissertation at Cornell University on cultural readings of form and musical color in Mahler's symphonies. Professor Sheinbaum has presented papers at national and international conferences, served as co-chair of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the American Musicological Society, and is currently the musicology representative of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the College Music Society and the president of the DU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 314
  • Phone:  303-871-6988
  • Email:  jsheinba@du.edu
  • Interests: 

    Western art music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, popular music, historiography

  • Publications: 

     “The Groove of Rush’s Complex Rhythms.”  In Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United, ed. Jim Berti and Durrell Bowman. Chicago andLa Salle,IL: Open Court, 2011, 45-58.

    "'I'll Work for Your Love':  Springsteen and the Struggle for Authenticity."  “In Reading the Boss:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen, ed. Roxanne Harde and Irwin Streight.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington, 2010, 223-242.” "Interpretation and Performance at the Fulcrum of Mahler Reception." Naturlaut "7:2 (2009): 8-14."

    "Periods in Progressive Rock and the Problem of Authenticity." Current Musicology 85 (Spring 2008):  29-51.

    "Adorno's Mahler and the Timbral Outsider." Journal of the Royal Musical Association 131 (2006):  38-82.

    "The Artifice of the 'Natural':  Mahler's Orchestration at Cadences."  Journal of Musicological Research 24 (2005):  91-121.

    "'Think About What You're Trying to Do to Me':  Rock Historiography and the Construction of a Race-Based Dialectic." In Rock Over the EdgeTransformations in Popular Music Culture, ed. Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, and Ben Saunders. Durham and London:  Duke University Press, 2002, 110-132.

    "Progressive Rock and the Inversion of Musical Values." In Progressive Rock Reconsidered, ed. Kevin Holm-Hudson. New York and London:  Routledge, 2002, 21-42.

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Kristin Taavola

Kristin Taavola

Kristin Taavola holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Her scholarly work engages Asian models of musical time and modal processes, including articles on Zen and twentieth-century flute music, Balinese gamelan music, and the five-note compositions of Béla Bartók.

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Richard   von Foerster

Richard vonFoerster

Richard vonFoerster is active as both a teacher and a performer.  He teaches music theory and coaches chamber music at Lamont and also teaches cello and composition at the Community College of Denver.  He also appears regularly as principal cellist with the Cheyenne Symphony and as cellist with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the Confluence String Quartet, and The Playground, Denver’s premiere new music ensemble.  He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Colorado.  Research interests include analysis of rhythm and meter, 20th century chamber music, and music theory pedagogy.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Phone:  303-871-6981
  • Email:  rvonfoer@du.edu
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