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Desmond Sheehan

Research interests

German music and secularization in the early 19th century, sacred romantic music, secular critique, history and philosophy of aesthetics, music and theology, romantic media technologies, music and belief.

Personal statement

As a native Californian I received my undergraduate degree (B.Mus. Piano Performance, 2014) from UC Irvine, and a graduate degree (M.A. Music History and Literature, 2016) from Berkeley. At Irvine I studied under Nina Scolnik, minored in philosophy, and performed regularly across southern California. My current research tries to provide a fresh look at sacred/secular binaries in German romantic music, particularly in Berlin around 1800, via its institutions, print media, and performances.


Graduate Student Instructor for Music 27 (Introduction to Western Music), Music 20B (Musicianship II)