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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; Director, Collegium Musicum
PhD in musicology, Stanford University; Fulbright scholar to France. First American to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord: first prize, American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition; second prize, Warsaw International Harpsichord Competition. Publications include a number of articles on the music of J. S. Bach; author, Bach and the Public Sphere: Early Advocacy and Performance of the Keyboard Music (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

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, the Nicolas Slonimsky Award, the Irving Lowens Award, an Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, 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.

Jeffrey S. Sposato, musicology
MM and BM in vocal performance, New England Conservatory; BA in German studies, Tufts University; PhD in musicology, Brandeis University; author, The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition (Oxford, 2006) and William Thomas McKinley: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1995), and articles and reviews in Musical Quarterly, Notes, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition), and the collection Historical Musicology (Stephen Crist and Roberta Marvin, eds.).

Katherine Turner, musicology

Megan Woller, musicology
B.M. in vocal performance, Saint Mary’s College; M.M. and Ph.D. in musicology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; research interests include popular music, musical theater, film music, reception studies, American classical music, and women in music; articles in Studies in Musical Theatre and upcoming in Music and the Moving Image; research presentations at musicological and interdisciplinary conferences, including AMS-Southwest and Society for American Music.