Musicology

The Musicology/Ethnomusicology program at the University of Georgia is a growing and innovative program that provides its students with training in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and musical analysis while also encouraging interdisciplinary connections with other units.  The greatest strength of the area lies in its diverse faculty, whose research interests include Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century music, popular musics, film music, music history pedagogies, music and religion, and gender studies, as well as regional geographic specializations in North America, Russia, Africa, and Latin America. 

At the graduate level, students may choose from small seminars on focused topics, pro-seminars that examine methodologies or large-scale issues, as well as lecture-oriented courses.  PhD students must choose a secondary discipline outside of music to supplement their research agenda.  All students in the graduate program are encouraged to develop a strong research profile and our students regularly participate in regional, national and international conferences and publish their work. 

Graduates of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology program have enjoyed much recent success.  The area currently enjoys a high placement rate for PhDs who choose to pursue an academic career.  Our undergraduate and masters students are regularly admitted into other top programs around the country.

Personnel

Foreman was formerly managing director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, a position he held from 1983 - 2009. While at Centre College, Foreman served as conductor and co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, which performs the music of the Golden Age of American Bands (1880 to 1920). The 23-piece…

Naomi Graber (assistant professor) joined the faculty of UGA in 2013. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that same year with the dissertation “Found in Translation: Kurt Weill on Broadway and in Hollywood, 1935–1939,” which earned her the Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. She…

David Haas, Professor, obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1989 and joined the University of Georgia the same year. He teaches courses in late Romantic and early twentieth-century topics. His research focuses on Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Russian opera, Russian music criticism, and music and literature. He is the author of …

She joined the University of Georgia in 1998 after having taught at Kenyatta University and Pomona College. She teaches African Music, African-American Music, Survey of Music Cultures of the World, Topics in World Music Cultures, History, theory and methods in ethnomusicology, Seminars in Ethnomusicology. She also directs an African Music…

Before joining the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in 2000, she taught at numerous universities in Canada and the United States, worked as an editor at the New Grove Dictionary of Music in London, and held research grants in Vienna. Her research concentrates on Viennese opera during the 1780s, in particular Mozart’s singers, and embraces…

As a young clarinetist he was a featured soloist on the Utah Symphony’s “Salute to Youth” program. He studied orchestral conducting throughout his university years, leading the Chamber Orchestra of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in a series of concerts and serving as assistant conductor at the Lake George Opera Festival, Brigham Young…

Her research interests center on post-Enlightenment, colonial, and postcolonial thought, particularly around constructs of citizenship, race, gender, sexuality, the body, and the law. Professor Putcha received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2011 and her first book, Mythical Courtesan | Modern Wife: Feminist Praxis in Transnational…

He joined the University of Georgia in 1997 after having taught courses in music history at the University of Oregon. Valdez teaches the history of rock music, the history of jazz, music of the late Renaissance and Baroque periods, and survey courses in music history. His research interests include the evolution of lead guitar solos in rock,…