Music History

Laura Dolp   Laura Dolp
Associate Professor - Music History
General Education Studies
Program Coordinator

Laura Dolp - Website

Laura Dolp teaches undergraduate history and a diverse range of graduate seminar special topics. Her interdisciplinary research explores the historical agency of music as a site of human transformation: including music and spirituality, the interrelation of music and social spaces, mapping and musical practices, and the poetics of the natural world. Currently she is working on a monograph that examines the historical relationship between cartography and the musical score, Maps and Music: Stories of the Cartographic Score, and is contributor and editor of a book-length collection (in process) on the reception of Arvo Pärt’s music, entitled White Light: Arvo Pärt and the American Experience. Dr. Dolp is also co-author for a recent collection of essays on Pärt (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and her research is featured in 19th-Century Music, the Journal of Musicological Research, Naturlaut and Muzyka. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.

Jeffrey Gall   Jeffrey Gall
Professor of Music
Music History

Jeffrey Gall made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1988 - the first countertenor ever to sing at the Met. He sang Tolomeo in Handel'sGiulio Cesare, and in 1994 returned to the Met for Britten's Death in Venice. He studied voice at the Yale School of Music with Blake Stern, and holds degrees in Slavic languages from Princeton and Yale Universities. He sang with such early music ensembles as the Waverly Consort and Pomerium Musices early in his career and then moved on to solo roles in Baroque and contemporary opera. He has sung principal roles at La Scala, Teatro San Carlo (Naples) and La Fenice in Italy; the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Salle Garnier in France; the Monnaie in Brussels; the Netherlands Opera; the Cologne and Frankfurt Operas in Germany; the Canadian Opera, as well as the Spoleto, Edinburgh, Innsbruck, Halle, Schwetzingen, and Bordeaux Festivals. In the United States he has sung at the San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston Operas, and has made many concert appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He has recorded for CBS, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Nonesuch, Titanic, and Smithsonian Records, and appears in the title role on the London video of Peter Sellars' production of Handel's Giulio Cesare. Prof. Gall has conducted clinics and master classes in both standard repertory and early-music techniques at music schools across the United States. In addition, he is a founding member of the Italian vocal ensemble Il Terzo Suono.

  David Witten
Professor of Music
Piano; Keyboard Studies Coordinator
Music History
(973) 655-4379
David Witten - Website

Pianist David Witten has performed extensively in Europe, Russia, and South America. As a 1990 Fulbright Scholar, he spent five months in Brazil. Witten has recorded piano music of various Latin American composers. Witten's involvement in music has not been limited to performance. He is editor of Nineteenth-Century Piano Music: Essays in Performance and Analysis (Garland, 1997), which includes his landmark analytical study of the Chopin Ballades. Born in Baltimore, Witten studied at Peabody Conservatory, and Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University led to a degree in Psychology. Later graduating with high honors from Boston University, he earned the D.M.A. degree in piano performance. Witten is currently Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.

Reba Wissner
Adjunct Professor
Music History
Main Office: 973-655-7212