Research Approach

The music faculty at Northeastern maintains a distinguished record of global research initiatives, publicationspresentations at national and international conferences, performances and of newly composed works. 

Recent books by our faculty have been published by the University of Chicago Press and Oxford University Press, along with composition premieres and scholarly presentations throughout Europe, Asia, and North America—and with many more upcoming.

The distinctive feature of our faculty’s work is its unique embrace of transdisciplinary scholarship and creative output, with projects and publications that transcend boundaries between history, ethnography, music technology, music industry, social justice, and individual psychology.

Our Work

A number of music faculty undertake research and creative activities that take them far and wide around the globe year after year, from Europe to Africa to China and elsewhere.

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Performances by the student Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, and Jazz Band, as well as by our many smaller ensembles and non-auditioning groups (such as the Concert Band, Pep Band, and Pit Orchestra) happen every semester. Students who take individual lessons regularly perform recitals, and student-led groups (such as rock bands, jazz groups, and a cappella groups) perform on campus and around Boston as well.

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Our music faculty regularly travel throughout the U.S. and abroad to deliver research presentations and lead panels on topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, audio technology, and the music industry. Many national and regional events in these disciplines are hosted by us at Northeastern, and we regularly feature lectures and workshops by renowned scholars and industry leaders on campus.

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The award-winning scholars on our music faculty frequently publish research in the top peer-reviewed journals of their field, in addition to book publications, including recent monographs published by the University of Chicago Press and Oxford University Press.

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Hilary Poriss

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty and Research

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Katherine Calzada 

Assistant Dean for Research Development

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Tammi Westgate

Senior Grants Administrator

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Kelli Alvarez

Administrative Officer

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