Lloyd Whitesell, McGill University

Music Professor Montreal, Quebec lloyd.whitesell@mcgill.ca Office: (514) 398-4535 ext. 0552

Bio/Research

Lloyd Whitesell received his B.A. in Music and German Literature from the University of Minnesota (1982), and his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation used literary theories to explore images of identity in the dramat...

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Bio/Research

Lloyd Whitesell received his B.A. in Music and German Literature from the University of Minnesota (1982), and his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in Music History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His dissertation used literary theories to explore images of identity in the dramatic and vocal works of Benjamin Britten. His musical training also included studies in piano and vocal accompaniment at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mozarteum Akademie, and the Minnesota Opera.

Professor Whitesell is the author of The Music of Joni Mitchell (Oxford, 2008). He has published articles on Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, minimalism, modern tonalities, and the anxiety of influence. An essay collection he coedited, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (Illinois, 2002), won the 2002 Philip Brett Award for excellence in gay and lesbian musicology. His current research project theorizes glamour in the Hollywood musical. Other areas of interest include neo-Romanticism and modernist culture. Undergraduate courses include film music, modern piano literature, and 20th-century opera; graduate seminar topics have included queer musicology, theories of the audience, Bernard Herrmann, Joni Mitchell, and challenges to the concert format in recent performance.


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