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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‚Äôs of Music degrees in Oboe Performance (‚Äė19) and Musicology (‚Äė20) 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 ‚Äė13) and Information Science (MLIS ‚Äė17). 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‚Äôs 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.

Jameson Foster

Raised in Baltimore, MD, Jameson’s music career developed while studying Music at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in German. At Keene State College his affinity for music was nurtured from hobby into passion as he studied double bass performance with Don Baldini and musicology with both Dr. Joseph Darby and Dr. Elaine Ginsberg. As a bassist he performed with the college’s chamber orchestra, the community youth orchestra as an instructor, the jazz combos, the jazz orchestra, the pit orchestra for the local performing arts school, and also played for many composers’ recitals. By the end of his undergraduate career, Jameson’s attentions turned more towards the academic study of music while taking electives for his German minor and writing his final paper on Edvard Grieg. As he learned more about the role music played in the development of European nations, particularly in Scandinavia, he found his passion in musicology, which ultimately brought him to Peabody. In addition to studying musicology, Jameson is an avid composer and writer, and has a notable bluegrass/folk background in double bass, guitar, and mandolin.

Areas of interest: Music of pre-medieval Scandinavia, transcendentalism in music, the life of Edvard Grieg, music history in Norway, and the relationship between Norse literature and music.

Zachary Grim

Zachary Grim enjoys a multifaceted career in performance, teaching, and research. His programs, which focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, have led him to collaborate with variety of venues and organizations across the country. An active teacher, Zachary directs the guitar program at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and is on faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County as well as Baltimore School of Music.

Zachary received two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from West Chester University (Magna Cum Laude), a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Denver where he received the Outstanding Recital Award, and is pursuing both a Master of Music in Musicology and Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under Julian Gray.

Areas of interest: extreme metal; relationships between music and politics; topics in classical guitar; music of Elizabethan England.

Ana Uribe Law

Ana Uribe is currently pursuing her Master‚Äôs in Musicology at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She received her Bachelor in Violin Performance at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogot√°, Colombia (‚Äė19). As a violinist, she has had the opportunity to participate in various festivals including the Cartagena International Music Festival (2019) and FEMUSC in Brazil (2019). As of today she is the violinist of the Aedea Piano Trio, with whom she has performed in various venues in Bogot√°, Colombia. Passionate about various styles of music, Ana is focusing on musicological research into the role of women in Latin American music and Soviet-era music and influences in the twenty-first century.

Areas of interest: Latin American music, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, the Soviet era, the role of women in music, research and performance.

Xin Liu

Xin Liu is currently completing an M.M. in Musicology at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. Before switching from performance to musicology, Xin worked as a program notes writer and music translator in China. He translated Edwin Fischer‚Äôs book Beethoven‚Äôs Pianoforte Sonatas, a guide for students & Amateurs, which will be published in 2020 by Sanlian Philharmonic Publishing House. He is also the program notes and lyrics translator for the 2019 Beijing Music Festival. Xin conducted several interviews with renowned musicians, including Jaap van Zweden and two Chinese ‚ÄúCardiff Singers of the World,‚ÄĚ Shenyang and Yang Guang. As a Baritone, Xin has performed in China and the United States in roles such as Perichaud and Rabonnier in Puccini‚Äôs La rondine, night visitor in Menotti‚Äôs Amahl and the Night Visitors, and as a nameless soldier in the Chinese opera Sister Jiang.

Areas of interest: German lieder, German literature, Gregorian chant, Chinese art songs and the cross-cultural study of Chinese and western music.

Octavio Macías Meléndez

Originally from the border region of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, TX, Octavio Macías Meléndez studied art history and music (B.A.) at the University of Texas at El Paso and is currently pursuing an M.M. in musicology. As a violist, he has performed in various solo, chamber, and orchestral recitals in the United States, Mexico, and Italy. He shares an equal passion for violin and vihuela de mano. He is also an active member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, American Sting Teachers Association, and the American Musicological Society.

Octavio served as both co-director and educator for the El Paso Symphony’s Tocando Music Project and as a docent/intern for the El Paso Museum of Art where he worked under the development and education branches. His fluency in English, Spanish, and Italian have allowed him to reach a wide range of audiences. Octavio co-established the non-profit concert series Bach and Friends in the Barrio for which he acts as both executive director and as a performer/soloist.

Areas of interest: High Renaissance and Baroque Spain and Italy; music in 16th-century Mexico; rhetoric; art history; literary criticism; relationships between music and iconography; historical performance.

Sojourner McClure

From a young age, Sojourner has worked in the field of classical guitar, studying its stylistic elements and repertoire. He has also studied jazz, fingerstyle, and country style guitar. A musical flexibility has allowed Sojourner to make a name for himself as an exceptional performer of many different styles, with a special touch for musical expression. Sojourner is currently earning a dual masters in guitar and musicology.

Areas of interest: the function of music in philosophy, religion, and politics; aesthetics.

Rachel O'Connor

Rachel O’Connor is a classically trained horn and trumpet player from Toronto, Ontario currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in French horn and Masters of Musicology at Peabody Conservatory. Rachel was based out of Los Angeles from 2013 - 2018, and enjoyed an active freelance career there, having appeared with numerous regional orchestras, opera companies and musical theatre productions. Some of these credits include the American Youth Symphony, Dream Orchestra, Valencia Symphony, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Center Stage Opera, Opera by the Glass, and the UCLA Philharmonia. She has also recorded on several film scores, sessions and live music videos.

Rachel is passionate about education, having taught students of all ages, from kindergarten through college and beyond, in classroom, private, masterclass and group settings. In 2018, Rachel had the pleasure of travelling internationally to lecture and teach through the Youth Orchestras of the Americas ‚ÄúGlobal Leaders Program.‚ÄĚ She ran brass festivals at conservatories, universities and camps in Chile, Bolivia and Mexico. She also held a position as a lecturer in Brass Pedagogy at UCLA‚Äôs Herb Alpert School of Music from 2017-2018. In 2019 Rachel was awarded the prestigious Presser Award from Peabody Conservatory‚ÄĒa $10 000 grant which she used to fund an 8-week teaching artistry and performance tour in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico.

Rachel’s orchestral training is extensive, having appeared with Canada’s only training orchestra, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, for four seasons. She has also performed as a soloist internationally in addition to participating in orchestral, chamber and contemporary music festivals.

Areas of interest: the intersection of music education, pedagogy, inclusion and diversity; the El-Sistema model within and outside of Venezuela.

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, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Entrepreneurship

Courses Taught at Peabody and Homewood: Social Innovation through Music: Health, Education, and Policy; Music Therapy from Antiquity to Today; Topics in Music Cognition; Introduction to Music Perception and Cognition; Cognitive and Behavioral Foundations for Artificial Intelligence; Minds and Machines; Mind, Brain and Beauty; Neuroscience Applied: Designing and Communicating Research and Theory; BMore Inventive: Charm City Entrepreneurs

John Moran

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

Matthew F. Reese

Matthew F. Reese is a conductor and musicologist, focusing on Anglo-American music and the Transatlantic exchange.

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