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Amy Wlodarski

(she/her/hers)Professor of Music; Charles A. Dana Chair (2005)

Contact Information

wlodarsa@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 215
717.245.1333

Bio

An award-winning scholar and teacher, Prof. Wlodarski's research explores the complex expressive relationships between Jewish music, trauma, memory, and the tragedies of World War II and the Holocaust. Her two monographs--Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation (2015) and George Rochberg, American Composer (2019)--have both received accolades from leading musicological societies, and she is currently working on a book detailing the international reception of Viktor Ullmann's "Der Kaiser von Atlantis," a chamber opera written in Ghetto Terezín in 1944. In addition to written scholarship, Prof. Wlodarski regularly presents programs for major musical institutions, including the Los Angeles Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Violins of Hope Exhibition, and her work has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard University. As an educator, she specializes in courses that explore the aesthetics, ethics, and politics of creative practices in music ranging from 1750 to the present and conducts the Dickinson College Choir.

Education

  • B.A., Middlebury College, 1997
  • M.A., Eastman School of Music, 2001
  • Ph.D., 2006

Awards

  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2010-11
  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2014-15

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

MUEN 009 College Choir
May Not Be Audited.This course will be taught synchronously via Zoom. Students will need access to a microphone (a smartphone app works just fine, as does the microphone on your computer) and a set of headphones. If you are having trouble gaining access to these materials, please be in touch with me immediately. The choir will complete its preparations for a final spring concert (live-streamed from Rubendall) with the addition of Ola Gjeilo’s beautiful Sunrise Mass to the performance. If in residence, opportunities for socializing in-person on campus will be made available, but all students (regardless of location) will be able to participate fully in the musical life of the ensemble.

MUAC 401 Senior Colloquium
The senior colloquium brings majors together in the final year of their coursework and provides them with a forum by which to research, develop, and execute their capstone projects within the major. Students in the musical studies emphasis will collaboratively determine and design a culminating project (e.g., residency or concert curation; poster or digital humanities presentation) based on original research and analysis. The culminating project for students in the Music History/Theory Emphasis is a research paper. The culminating project for students in Music Performance Emphasis is research producing an annotated bibliography and program notes for the senior recital. The culminating project for students in the Music Composition Emphasis is a substantial essay on their influences, composition process, aesthetic outlook, and creative goals for their compositions. All students will present their senior work in a 15 - 20 min public lecture/recital known as the annual Music Majors Colloquium. Prerequisites: MUAC 101, 102, 125, 126. Students in Music Performance Emphasis must take concurrently with 423. Students in Music Composition Emphasis must take concurrently with 435.