Italian music and poetry, Music of the Baroque, Venice, Italian opera, Handel, Opera criticism.
Vassar College (B.A.), Harvard University (M.A.), New York University (Ph.D.).
She was the recipient of fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. Editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (1981-83), President of the American Musicological Society (1992-94), and Vice-President of the International Musicological Society (1997-2002), she taught at Rutgers University before coming to Yale as Professor of Music in 1992, where she chaired the department from 1993-98. Her undergraduate Introduction to Opera has turned several generations of Yale students into opera fanatics, and she has co-taught on both undergraduate and graduate levels with members of the Italian and Comparative Literature Departments. Her dissertation students have written on subjects ranging from the Italian madrigal (Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Guarini), 17 th-century opera, cantata, and motet (Atto Melani, Francesco Cavalli, Florentine Comic Opera, Music in Austria under Ferdinand II), and 18 th –century opera (on Tasso subjects, Arcadian opera, Handel, Scarlatti). She currently serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Musicology, The Cambridge Opera Journal, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and Cambridge Studies in Opera.
In addition to her books, Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: the Creation of a Genre (1991) and Monteverdi’s Venetian Trilogy: the Late Operas (forthcoming), she edited Orfeo by Antonio Sartorio and Aurelio Aureli (Drammaturgia musicale veneta, vol 6, 1983), I sacri musicali affetti by Barbara Strozzi (1988), and the fourteen-volume Garland Library of the History of Western Music(1985). Her other publications include articles on Barbara Strozzi, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Vivaldi, Handel, and music in sixteenth-century Venice.
music theatre composition
JOSHUA ROSENBLUM received his B.A. in music summa cum laude from Yale College and his M.M. in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music. He has been teaching Composing for Musical Theater as part of the Shen Curriculum in the Yale Department of Music since the inception of the program in 2006.
Rosenblum composed the score to the cult hit musical Fermat's Last Tango, which had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production at the York Theatre Company in 2000, and spawned both CD and DVD recordings. Other works for the theater include The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite (Atlantic Theater Company), Arabian Nights, Garbo and Me, and Einstein’s Dreams, based on the best-selling novel by Alan Lightman. He is also the composer and creator of Bush Is Bad, the smash Off-Broadway musical revue, which Variety called “a sensation.” Rosenblum is developing his newest musical, The Haunted Hotel, as part of the Signature Theater’s American Musical Voices Project.
For the concert hall, Rosenblum has written pieces for trumpeter Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic, flutist Kathleen Nester of the New Jersey Symphony, Mannes School of Music faculty trombonist Haim Avitsur, French hornist Eric Ruske, the Herrick Trio, and the ground-breaking string quartet Ethel, among many others. Recordings of his instrumental music include Impetuosities—Music of Joshua Rosenblum, and Sundry Notes, both available from Albany Records. Rosenblum has won awards from ASCAP and the Meet the Composer Foundation, and his music, including his prize-winning choral setting of Jabberwocky, is published by the Theodore Presser Co.
Also a conductor, Rosenblum has led the orchestras for thirteen Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He is also the founder and music director of the Pit Stop Players, a genre-defying chamber ensemble comprised of Broadway musicians. Other conducting credits include guest appearances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the American Repertory Ballet. He has also conducted world premiere productions for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the B.A.M. Next Wave Festival, Playwrights Horizons, and Lincoln Center Theater, as well as the soundtracks to six major motion pictures. Rosenblum is a regular pianist with the New York Pops and the City Center Encores! Orchestra.
As a music journalist, Rosenblum has contributed articles to Newsday and Stagebill, as well as over 500 CD and concert reviews for Opera News. He lives in New York City with his wife, singer and author Joanne Lessner, and their two children, Julian and Phoebe.
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The Department of Music at Yale University offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with undergraduate courses in composition and music technology, ethnomusicology, music history, music theater, music theory and performance. For more information, see the undergraduate music program.
The Ph.D degree in Music is offered in ethnomusicology, music history, and music theory. For more information, see the graduate music program.
It is the Yale School of Music that offers graduate degrees in composition, conducting and performance. Sacred music study is undertaken at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.