Robert L. Kendrick

Robert Kendrick
William Colvin Professor in Music, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College
Goodspeed 314
Ph.D., New York University

Robert L. Kendrick works largely in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, music and commemoration, and the visual arts. His most recent book is Singing Jeremiah: Music and Meaning in Holy Week (Indiana UP, 2014), and recent graduate seminars include: ‘European Sacred Music Abroad, 1550-1730’; ‘Senecan Drama, Stoicism, and Baroque Opera’ (co-taught)'; and 'Music and Images in Early Modern Europe'. He has taught on the Rome and Vienna programs of the Civilization Core, as well as undergraduate ethnomusicology. In 2006 he won a Graduate Teaching Award. His books are The Sound of Milan, 1580-1650 (2002) and Celestial Sirens (1996) and he has edited the motets of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani for A-R Editions (1998). He has advised or worked with early music performers, including Chicago’s Newberry Consort, Bologna’s Cappella Artemisia, and Boston’s La Donna Musicale. At Chicago he is term faculty for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan), and affiliated with the Center for Gender Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. A member of Milan’s Accademia Ambrosiana, Kendrick received his Ph.D. (musicology) and M.A. (ethnomusicology) from New York University, after a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. A former autoworker and union activist, he is keenly interested in the issues around grad student, adjunct, and contingent-faculty labor in academia.