Assistant Professor of Musicology/Music History
Ph.D. - Musicology, University of Oregon
M.A. - History, University of California, Berkeley
Office: RSL 160
Phone: (319) 273-2231
Alison Altstatt holds an M.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Musicology with a second field in Historical Performance Practice from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation, “The Music and Liturgy of Kloster Preetz: Anna von Buchwald’s Buch im Chor in Its Fifteenth-century Context,” was awarded the American Musicological Society’s Alvin H. Johnson AMS-50 fellowship in 2010. At the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University, she taught courses in music history and in early music performance. As Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, she taught survey courses in medieval music, operatic literature, chamber music literature, and the music of Robert and Clara Schumann, and co-directed the Early Music Institute’s Concentus ensemble in performances of medieval chant from original transcriptions.
Altstatt's primary research interest is in medieval chant, with a focus on the music and liturgy of women’s monastic communities, the music of the medieval office, and the medieval sequence. She has presented her research at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, the Cantus Planus meeting of the International Musicological Society, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Her publications on the transmission and performance practice of the medieval sequence repertoire have appeared in the volume ‘The Sequences of Nidaros: a Nordic Repertory and its European Context’ (2006) and in ‘Cantus Planus: papers read at the 13th meeting, Niederaltaich, 2006’ (2009.)
Alison's works in progress include a monograph on the music and liturgy of Kloster Preetz, an edition of Anna von Buchwald’s Buch im Chor, and a study of music attributed to the tenth-century composer Reginold of Eichstätt. She is an active singer of medieval and Renaissance music and plays the viola da gamba.