Adjunct Professor of Music History
Department(s)Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology
Jennifer Ronyak holds her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Rochester (Eastman School of Music). She pursues research on German Lieder and the cultural role of musical performance throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work considers a variety of issues surrounding the art song tradition, including: how performance calls into question the traditional understanding of Lieder as intimate; how gender, genre, and issues of high and middlebrow culture have played a role in the reception of song; and how issues of linguistic identity and materiality inflect the impact of song on its listeners. She has published work in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th-Century Music, the Jahrbuch Musik und Gender, and Music & Letters; an article is also forthcoming in the Journal of Musicology. Her book, Intimacy, Performance and the Lied in the Early Nineteenth-Century, is under contract with Indiana University Press. As a faculty member of the Song Scholarship and Performance Program at the Vancouver International Song Institute, she has also explored the implications of this research for current performing practices. Dr. Ronyak currently teaches courses in Music History from 800-present for incoming graduate students.