Professor of Musicology
Denise Von Glahn

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Office Location
LON 309

Denise Von Glahn is Professor of Musicology in the College of Music at Florida State where she has been on the faculty since 1998. She served as Director of the Center for Music of the Americas from 2008-2020 and as Coordinator of the Musicology Area and Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology from 2015-2021. Her scholarly interests include all aspects of music culture in the United States but focus especially on music and place, ecomusicology, gender studies, biography, institutions, and the music of Charles Ives.

She has published four books: The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape, which won a 2004 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World, which won the 2015 Pauline Alderman book award from the International Alliance for Women in Music. With Michael Broyles she wrote a biography of Leo Ornstein, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices, which won the 2009 Irving Lowens Award for distinguished scholarship in American music, and a critical edition of Ornstein’s Quintette for Piano and Strings, Op. 92. In 2017 her biography, Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life, was published by the University of Illinois Press in its Music in American Life series. In 2021 she completed a monograph The Circle of Winners: The Early Years of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Music Composition Awards for the University of Illinois Press.

Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), the Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM), American Music, Musical Quarterly, Twentieth-Century Music, Musik-Konzepte, and Ethnomusicology, among numerous other journals and essay collections. Between 2012 and 2017 Von Glahn co-edited the Music, Nature, Place series at Indiana University Press with Sabine Feisst.

Von Glahn has won university awards for both her undergraduate and graduate teaching and is a frequent visiting scholar in classes and on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.