I am a musicologist and performing musician, and I teach in the Department of Music as well as the American Studies program. I hold a B.A. in music from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in musicology from Cornell University.
My research focuses on modernist music, particularly that of Anton Webern, and its performance and reception in the United States. I am also interested in intersections between modernism and early music performance practices. My article “Modernist Music for Children: Three Sketches of Anton Webern in the Midcentury United States” was published last year in the Journal of Musicology; another article of mine, entitled “Singing Webern, sounding Webern: Bethany Beardslee, Grace-Lynne Martin, and Marni Nixon, 1950–1957,” will be published in the spring 2022 issue of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. I am also underway on a book project centered around Hans and Rosaleen Moldenhauer, two musicians from Spokane, WA who built a massive collection of modernist music manuscripts during the 1960s and 70s.
As a performer, I play a variety of early bowed bass instruments, including the viola da gamba, violone, and Baroque double bass, focusing on the music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. I have worked with ensembles such as the Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street, New York Baroque Incorporated, and the Arcadia Players, and I collaborate frequently with the Renaissance band Seven Times Salt.
During the 2021–2022 academic year I’ll be teaching courses on J.S. Bach, classical music in the United States between the World Wars, and the performance of postwar experimental music. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about these courses, my work, or anything else. For more information, including a complete CV and samples of my research and performance, please visit my website: https://www.davidhmiller.com.