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Deborah Kauffman

Deborah Kauffman

Professor of Music History and Literature

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2319
Frasier 122B
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Music
Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO 80639

Professional/Academic Experience

After earning B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Illinois, Dr. Kauffman completed the D.M.A. degree in Early Music at Stanford University. In addition to her position as Professor at UNC, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Musicological Research from 2001 to 2020.

Dr. Kauffman’s research interests center around the music of the French Baroque and the musical repertory of the Maison de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr, which is the subject of her recent book, Music at the Maison de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr (Routledge, 2019). In 2014, she was invited by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique to participate in the International Colloquium “Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (ca.1632–1714), musicien de la Réforme catholique sous le règne de Louis XIV,” held by the French government in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Nivers’s death; a publication of the papers presented at the Colloquium is currently in preparation for publication.

Dr. Kauffman has presented her research as a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara (2002) and has read papers at the Biennial International Conferences on Baroque Music (Cremona, Italy, 2018; Canterbury, UK, 2014; Southampton, UK, 2012; Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2010; and Manchester, UK, 2004), and at national meetings of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio (2018), Louisville (2016), San Francisco (2011), Philadelphia (2009), Seattle (2004) and Kansas City (1999).

Her publications include the following:

Music at the Maison royale de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr (Routledge, 2019)

“Nivers’s petits motets: Styles and adaptations,” in Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers, musicien de la Réforme catholique sous le règne de Louis XIV. Edited by Cécile Davy-Rigaux. Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. [in preparation]

“Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers’s plain-chant musical Motets in the Repertory of the Maison royale de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr,” in Qui musicam in se habet: Studies in Honor of Alejandro Planchart. Edited by Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie Blackburn, and Stanley Boorman. American Institute of Musicology, 2015.

“A l’usage de ma sœur: The Plainchant Repertory of Saint-Cyr as Represented in F-Vm Mm. 55,” in Chant and Culture: Proceedings of the conference of the Gregorian Institute of Canada (Institute of Medieval Music, 2014);

Jean Racine’s Cantiques spirituels: Musical Settings by Moreau, Lalande, Marchand, Bousset, and Duhalle (A-R Editions, 2012);

“Fauxbourdon in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: ‘Le secours d’une douce harmonie’” (Music and Letters, 2009);

Violons en basse as Musical Allegory” (Journal of Musicology, 2006);

Petits motets from the Maison royale de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr (A-R Editions, 2001);

“Performance traditions and motet writing at the Convent School at Saint-Cyr” (Early Music, 2001);

“The Practice of Portamento in Romantic Opera” (Performance Practice Review, 1992).

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