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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.

Community Activities

We invite members of the Peabody community to participate in activities hosted by the Musicology department.

  • The Musicology Colloquium features lectures by visiting scholars and is free and open to the public
  • A Reading Group for students and faculty meets monthly for an informal discussion on recent scholarship. For more information please contact Anicia Timberlake.
  • The Graduate Student Symposium is a spring meeting in which graduate students present their research. The next symposium takes place on May 4, 2019, from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, in the Centre Street Performance Space

Full-Time Faculty

Richard Giarusso

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

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 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-Biggs

Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-century opera (in particular Italian), media studies, sound studies

Courses Taught: Technologies in the Concert Hall and Opera House; Sound Studies; Current Trends in Musicology (DMA colloquium)

Anicia Timberlake

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


Elizabeth Tolbert

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 Forscher Weiss

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

MM in Musicology Students

Andrea Copland

Andrea Copland is currently completing dual Master’s of Music degrees in Oboe Performance (‘19) and Musicology (‘20) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she is a recipient of the Artistic Excellence and Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Endowed scholarships, works in the Peabody Archives, and studies with Jane Marvine. Previously, she earned degrees from the University of Denver in Oboe Performance (BM ‘13) and Information Science (MLIS ‘17). Passionate about chamber music, education, and outreach, she was an active freelance musician in her hometown of Denver, Colorado and Principal Oboist of the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, she co-created the Bonfils-Stanton Women Composer’s Index: an open-source reference tool designed to help performers search for post-1945 chamber music by instrumentation. Her musicological research explores the intersections between music, national identity, and politics through resistance as [un]represented in historical documentation.

Areas of Interest: Late Nineteenth Century and Twentieth-Century music, soundscapes, timbre, intersectionality, sociological theory, and digital humanities.

Henry Hubbard

Henry Hubbard is currently pursuing dual Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy and Musicology. He received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As a tenor, Henry has performed in the United States, Canada, and Italy in roles such as Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), and Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (JMU Opera Theatre). In addition to opera, he has performed art song, oratorio, and chamber music throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Henry has always been passionate about many different types of music, from Baroque arias to modern country music and rap. His research focuses on interdisciplinary studies of different genres and styles and what these can tell us about other social divisions. Henry hopes to explore what causes humans to create divisions and defend them so strongly, pulling from the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and evolutionary biology.

Areas of interest: Vocal music performance and production, popular styles of music, relationships between musical genre and social class, musical cognition and perception, evolution of music

Collin Ziegler

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Collin graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. The four-year program at St. John's College required Collin to study literature, philosophy, mathematics, laboratory science, language, and music, providing a broad foundation for further studies of music's role in the Western tradition. During this time, Collin also participated in a number of student-run musical groups: the St. John's College Orchestra (conductor), the Student Jazz Coalition (alto saxophone), Spring Awakening (Moritz), and the St. John's Chorus. Collin was also a captain of the St. John's College Rowing Club for two years, an experience which taught him the importance of collaboration and its role both inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition to studying musicology at Peabody, Collin plays alto saxophone, clarinet, and piano and serves as the Graduate Head Resident.

Areas of interest: opera and musical theater from the 19th-century to the present; Richard Wagner; social and cultural mythologies in music; the role of the spectator in musical performances; relationships between music and literature

Part-Time Faculty

Suhnne Ahn

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

Douglas Buchanan

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

Kathleen DeLaurenti

Areas of interest: Copyright and intellectual property, especially in regards to music and performance; Information literacy and music research in the curriculum; Dissemination, preservation and access of digital media in music, especially sound recordings, performances, and musical scores.

Courses taught: Music Bibliography

David Hildebrand

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

Mónica López-González

Areas of Interest: Music Perception and Cognition, Musical Creativity and Improvisation, Performing Arts, Artificial Intelligence, Science-Art Integration, Entrepreneurship

Courses Taught at Peabody and Homewood: Topics in Music Cognition; Introduction to Music Perception and Cognition; Mind, Brain and Beauty; Neuroscience Applied: Designing and Communicating Research and Theory; BMore Inventive: Charm City Entrepreneurs; BMore: Charm City Thru the Lens; Minds and Machines

John Moran

Ph.D., King’s College London; Mus.B., Oberlin Colleg

Paul Allen Sommerfeld

Areas of Interest: film music, particularly classical Hollywood style, digital convergence technologies, and marketing / branding in franchises; fandom studies and participatory cultures in the creation and consumption of music

Courses taught: Film Music and Classical Hollywood Style