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Lawrence Schenbeck, D.M.A.

Professor of Music History

D.M.A., University of Southern California

Dr. Lawrence Schenbeck has been a faculty member at Spelman College since 1991. He teaches music history courses in the Western classical tradition, including History of Western Music, the two-semester survey of European and American art music.

He also developed Women in Music, which examines music by women in several world cultures and historic periods, and Arts Journalism, which explores writing about the arts in print, Web, and video. Graduating senior music majors may elect written senior research projects under his supervision.

As a music historian, Dr. Schenbeck’s work regularly extends beyond the classroom into Atlanta, the region, and the nation. His special interests in research include the Viennese Classical Era and twentieth-century America, especially the influence of race, class, and gender discourses on art music. He is the author of the books Racial Uplift and American Music, 2nd edition (University Press of Mississippi, 2012); and Joseph Haydn and the Classical Choral Tradition (Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, 1996). He is also a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of American Music.

His scholarly articles have appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, Opera Quarterly, Choral Journal, and other publications. 
He has contributed critical reviews of the literature on Haydn and the Mozarts (father and son) to the Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory and Criticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn). He also served on the Editorial Board of Choral Journal for twelve years, and edited two monthly columns for that publication.

A member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the College Music Society, he has presented papers at international, national, and regional meetings of these groups. In addition, Dr. Schenbeck is an Associate of the Center for Black Music Research. He served as President of the South-Central Chapter of the AMS and has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation (through Spelman College), and the Firestone-Baars Foundation.