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Alison Altstatt

Alison Altstatt
Assistant Professor of Musicology/Music History

Alison Altstatt holds an M.A.  in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Musicology  with a second field in Historical Performance Practice from the University of  Oregon. Her dissertation, “The Music and Liturgy of Kloster Preetz: Anna von  Buchwald’s Buch im Chor in Its  Fifteenth-century Context,” was awarded the American Musicological Society’s  Alvin H. Johnson AMS-50 fellowship in 2010. At the University of Oregon and  Western Oregon University, she taught courses in music history and in early  music performance. As Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s  Jacobs School of Music, she taught survey courses in medieval music, operatic  literature, chamber music literature, and the music of Robert and Clara  Schumann, and co-directed the Early Music Institute’s Concentus ensemble in performances of medieval chant from original  transcriptions. 

Altstatt's primary research interest is in medieval chant, with a  focus on the music and liturgy of women’s monastic communities, the music of the  medieval office, and the medieval sequence. She has presented her research at  regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the  College Music Society, the Cantus Planus meeting of the International Musicological Society, and the International  Congress on Medieval Studies. Her publications on the transmission and  performance practice of the medieval sequence repertoire have appeared in the  volume ‘The Sequences of Nidaros: a Nordic Repertory and its European Context’  (2006) and in ‘Cantus Planus: papers  read at the 13th meeting, Niederaltaich, 2006’ (2009.) 

Alison's works in progress  include a monograph on the music and liturgy of Kloster Preetz, an edition of  Anna von Buchwald’s Buch im Chor, and  a study of music attributed to the tenth-century composer Reginold of  Eichstätt. She is an active singer of medieval and Renaissance music and plays  the viola da gamba.

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160 Russell Hall
Ph.D. - Musicology, University of Oregon
M.A. - History, University of California, Berkeley