R. Allen Lott

Professor of Music History, Senior Associate Dean for the Academic Division, and Chair of the Music History Department

Dr. Lott’s research interests include nineteenth-century music and American music.  His book From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland (Oxford University Press) explores several facets of the history of performance and listening. One recent presentation examined the biblical context of Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at the conference Brahms in the New Century. He is now working on a critical edition of nineteenth-century American hymnody for the series Music in the United States of America, drawing on the rich hymnological resources of the Bowld Music Library.  Previous publications include a festschrift for H. Wiley Hitchcock (A Celebration of American Music) and articles in various scholarly journals (American Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th-Century Music, and The Journal of Musicology).  Other research, teaching, and personal interests include the role of music in culture, American church music, sacred choral literature, and musical theater.

Dr. Lott has degrees in piano (B.M., Trinity University) and musicology (Ph.D., City University of New York), and he has previously served as a research assistant for Grove’s Dictionaries of Music and at the Institute for Studies in American Music (Brooklyn College/CUNY).  He has served as Secretary of the Society for American Music (2003-2006) and President of the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society (1997-1999) and has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers numerous times. He performs on the piano and clarinet in various ministry settings.

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