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  • Philip Gentry, Assistant Professor, Music History and Literature

    Assistant Professor, Music History and Literature
    University of Delaware
    318 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​Phil Gentry is a musicologist specializing in the history of music and politics in the United States during the twentieth century, both popular and classical, with a special interest in the 1950s. Particular theoretical interests include the historiography of performance and queer theory. He is currently completing a book manuscript on American music and Cold War identity politics, and he is in the beginning stages of a new project on relationships between mid-century modernism and mass culture. In addition to a number of encyclopedia entries, book reviews and short essays, Dr. Gentry has published articles on Leonard Bernstein's second symphony in American Music and on John Cage's 4'33" for the French journal Tacet, and he regularly presents at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. chapter.

    Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Dr. Gentry taught at the College of William & Mary before coming to the University of Delaware. At Delaware he teaches the music history sequence for undergraduates; graduate seminars in research methods and special topics; and literature surveys on symphonic, chamber and contemporary repertoires. He is also serving a term on the  national council of the American Musicological Society, and is currently president of the society's Mid-Atlantic chapter.



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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578