Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska

Olga Sanchez Kisielewska
Assistant Instructional Professor in Music
Goodspeed 407
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ph.D., Northwestern University


My research interestst include eighteenth-century music, musical meaning, music cognition, and music theory pedagogy. 

As a historically-informed music theorist, I aim to incorporate culture into music analysis and to analyze music to better understand culture. Part of this project involves investigating the musical landscapes of the past to reconstruct the experiences of historical listeners. My recent work investigates how composers in the age of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven adapted the style of hymns in opera and instrumental music, and how their intended audiences might have interpreted these sacred allusions in secular contexts. In a current project, I study how the embodied knowledge of dance influenced the perception of symphonic minuets in late-eighteenth-century Vienna.

My research has received awards from the Center for Latin and Iberian Music (2014), the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2015), the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Music Theory Society of New York State (2016), and the Center for Music Theory Pedagogy (2017).