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Musicology

Faculty

Paul A. Bertagnolli, musicology
Doctorate in musicology, Washington University; studied music criticism, McMaster University in Canada; review and feature articles to daily newspapers in Connecticut; performance degrees in clarinet, Yale University and University of Wyoming.

Matthew Dirst, musicology
PhD in musicology, Stanford University; Fulbright scholar to France. Grammy-nominated conductor and winner of international prizes in organ and harpsichord and the William H. Scheide Prize of the American Bach Society. Founder and Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston. Publications include Engaging Bach: the Keyboard Legacy from Marpurg to Mendelssohn (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Bach and the Organ (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

Barbara Rose Lange, ethnomusicology
Ph.D, University of Washington; research areas include Hungary, Roma (Gypsies), and the music of folk religion. Articles in Ethnomusicology, Journal of American Folklore, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and other publications. Author, Holy Brotherhood: Romani Music in a Hungarian Pentecostal Church (Oxford, 2003). Research awards include a Mellon Fellowship, Fulbright CIES and IREX grants, and others. Lange's current project concerns free improvisation and the avant-garde music scene in Houston and other American cities.

Howard Pollack, musicology and division chair
B.M., music history, University of Michigan; M.A. and Ph.D., musicology, Cornell University; research interests include 20th-century music, American music, musical theater, film music; author, Walter Piston (1982); Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and his Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski (1992); John Alden Carpenter: A Chicago Composer (1995); Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man (1999); George Gershwin: His Life and Work (2006); Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World (2012); and The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist’s Life and Work (2017); recipient of two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, four ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards (including the Nicolas Slonimsky Award and the Timothy White Award), the Irving Lowens Award, the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, a Kurt Weill Foundation Travel and Research Grant, a Newberry Library Fellowship, two awards for Research Excellence from the University of Houston, and other grants and awards.

Katherine Turner, musicology
Dr. Katherine Turner is the Associate Director of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and serves as a member of the musicology faculty. She holds a PhD in Historical Musicology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas. Her academic areas include Early Modern Europe, especially women’s musical culture in Italy, the development of instrumental music, and early 20th-century pop music. She is the editor of a collection of essays called This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and Popular Culture. Her current project focuses on the intersection of politics, sound, genre, and activism found in the last 70 years of the anti-lynching anthem “Strange Fruit.”