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Christopher Lynch

Music History

Christopher Lynch teaches classes in the history of Western music, American music, the Broadway musical, and opera. In the classroom he strives to foster an appreciation for various musical works and styles while addressing music’s engagement with politics.

Dr. Lynch earned his PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory in 2013 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His dissertation, Opera and Broadway: The Debate over the Essence of Opera in New York City, 1900–1960, documents the competition between institutions that produced operas and operatic musicals, paying particular attention to the changing conceptions of what constitutes opera. The project studies a diverse repertoire, including the theatrical works of W. A. Mozart, George Gershwin,  Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Gian Carlo Menotti, Carlisle Floyd, Douglas Moore, and others.

In the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Lynch will give a paper on the first Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess to the American Musicological Society, and at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music he will present his research on the 1940s productions of Mozart’s operas at the Metropolitan Opera House. He has previously presented his work at meetings of the New York State/St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society, the Music and the Moving Image conference at New York University, the University of Michigan’s Music Scholarship in Dialogue, the University at Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music, and the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. His review of George W. Martin’s “Verdi in America: Oberto through Rigoletto” appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Music Reference Services Quarterly. He has a forthcoming entry on “Musical Comedy” in The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (Sage, 2014), and his review of Ethan Mordden’s Anything Goes: A History of the American Musical Theatre will appear in the December 2014 issue of Notes.

Dr. Lynch has served on the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Career-Related Issues, and on the editorial board of the journal Music Research Forum. Prior to joining the DePauw School of Music, Dr. Lynch was a member of the music faculty at SUNY Fredonia and taught at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.