Dr. Jason Rosenholtz-Witt is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and coordinator of the music program at Oxford College. He earned his PhD in musicology at Northwestern University in 2020. He also is a double bassist with music performance degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (2005) and Colorado State University (2011). After receiving his bachelor’s, he spent four years teaching in Hiroshima, Japan.

His research focuses on music and politics in late 16th/early 17th century northern Italy, extending into German speaking lands, exploring the ways in which musicians and composers made a living amid larger geopolitical processes. Dr. Rosenholtz-Witt is also interested in the politics of music in 20th century America, especially jazz during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Dr. Rosenholtz-Witt’s research has been supported by the Delmas Foundation, the Herzog August Bibliothek, the Newberry Library, and a Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship. He has published on topics ranging from English viol consort music, printed Italian music circulating in seventeenth-century German manuscripts, and avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman and John Cage. His monograph-in-progress, “Between Innovation and Tradition: Musical Life in the Venetian Terraferma, 1550–1650,” recently received a Delmas Foundation grant for archival research in several Italian archives.


Articles and Book Chapters

“Venice without Venice: Traces of Italian Printed Music in German Manuscripts during the Thirty Years War.” In Collections, Books, and Texts: Early Modern German Cultures of the Book, Essays in Honor of Gerhard Dünnhaupt, edited by Mara R. Wade and Kathleen M. Smith. Daphnis xx (Brill, forthcoming 2021).

“Beyond the Score: Charlotte Moorman and John Cage’s 26¢ 1.1499¢¢ for a String Player.” In A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-1980s, edited by Corinne Granoff and Lisa Corrin, 28–39. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016.

“The Instrumentation of Orlando Gibbons’ Dooble Base Fantasias.” The Viol 25 (Winter 2011–12): 23–28.


Book Review of Mapping the Motet in the Post-Tridentine Era (Esperanza Rodríguez-García and Daniele V. Filippi, eds. New York: Routledge, 2019) in Renaissance Quarterly (forthcoming 2021).

CD reviews of “Le strange viols, William Cranford Consort Music for 4, 5 and 6 Viols Olde Focus Recordings fcr905 (2015) and ACRONYM, Oddities & Trifles: The Very Peculiar Instrumental Music of Giovanni Valentini Olde Focus Recordings fcr904 (2015).” Early Music Performer 38 (April 2016): 22–24.

Digital Humanities

Contributing author, “Merlo’s Map: The Religious Geography of Venice.” Part of Religious Change, 1450–1700. Newberry Library, 2017: http://publications.newberry.org/venice/

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Venice as a Musical Commodity in Early Modern Germany: A Frontispiece Collage, c. 1638.” Lovis Corinth Colloquium XI, Customized Books in Early Modern Europe, 1400–1700, Emory University, October 2021

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