I first came to Haverford in 1986, where I serve as Professor of Music, John C. Whitehead ’43 Professor of Humanities and Associate Provost for Curricular Development, and have taught a wide range of courses in the history of music.

My main research interests center on sacred and secular music of the Renaissance, especially the French chanson. For the last decade I have also explored digital technologies for the study of musical works and their history in print, collaborating closely with colleagues at Programme Ricercar at Centre d’Etudes Supériéures de la Renaissance  in Tours, France, the leading French institute for the study of Early Modern culture (see links to these projects below). This work has been supported by major grants from the ACLS, the NEH, and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

When not busy in the classroom or with research I enjoy giving public lectures on music, notably a series of pre-concert talks for the Philadelphia Orchestra and for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. I have also worked with One-Day-University (a traveling set of continuing education panels). More than Mozart, a set of 14 recorded talks for those curious to be better listeners, can be purchased through Barnes and NobleRecorded Books, and Audible.com.

I have also served the American Musicological Society as Editor of Digital and Multimedia Scholarship for its journal, JAMS. I am currently Chair of the Technology Committee for the Society. I also serve the Renaissance Society of America as Board member and Chair of the Digital and Multimedia Committee.


B.Mus., University of Western Ontario
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Music in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, Music in Western Culture, 2 (New York: W. W. Norton, 2012). (With companion Anthology of Renaissance Music). Digital Resources for this book can be found here and here.

Editor and Project Co-Director (with Philippe Vendrix) , Les livres des chansons nouvelles de Nicolas Du Chemin, Programme Ricercar, Centre des études supériéures de la Renaissance, Université de François-Rabelais, Tours, France, 2008-10 [digital facsimiles, editions, commentaries] URL:  http://ricercar.cesr.univ-tours.fr/3programmes/EMN/duchemin/index.htm

Editor and Project Director, The Lost Voices Project, Haverford College 2011-2014. [Analytic Tools, Dynamic Editions, Reconstructions] URL: http://digitalduchemin.org

The Chansons of Orlando di Lasso and their Protestant Listeners: Music, Piety, and Print in Sixteenth-Century France, Eastman Studies in Music (Rochester, N.Y.: Rochester University Press, 2001).


Current project:

Editor and Project Co-Director (with David Fiala, CESR), Citations: The Renaissance Imitation Mass (CRIM), a digital portal for the study of Renaissance musical borrowing, Programme Ricercar, Centre des études supériéures de la Renaissance, Université de François-Rabelais, Tours, France, 2015-2018 [digital editions, analysis, citation engines, commentaries]


American Musicological Society

Renaissance Society of America

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