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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
    302-831-8134

    Biography

    Philip Gentry is a musicologist specializing in the history of music in the United States during the 20th century, both popular and classical. He is particularly interested in theoretical questions of history, identity and politics. His book What Will I Be: American Music and Cold War Identity (Oxford University Press, 2017) traced the changing relationship between music and identity in music of the 1950s, from doo-wop to John Cage. He has also published an article on Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony and a review essay of the musical Hamilton. He is currently writing a new book on 20th- and 21-century performances of early American history, analyzing how these creative historiographic practices inform contemporary political culture.

    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 various special topics; literature surveys of symphonic and chamber repertoires, and general interest courses on soul, hip-hop and LGBTQ musical history. He has also served a term as an at-large member of the national council of the American Musicological Society, and two terms as president of the society’s mid-Atlantic chapter. 


 

 

318 Amy E. du Pont Music BuildingNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassF6B656D9B82C470FB2D6367C18719A89"><p> </p><p>Philip Gentry is a musicologist specializing in the history of music in the United States during the 20th century, both popular and classical. He is particularly interested in theoretical questions of history, identity and politics. His book <em>What Will I Be: American Music and Cold War Identity</em> (Oxford University Press, 2017) traced the changing relationship between music and identity in music of the 1950s, from doo-wop to John Cage. He has also published an article on Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony and a review essay of the musical <em>Hamilton</em>. He is currently writing a new book on 20th- and 21-century performances of early American history, analyzing how these creative historiographic practices inform contemporary political culture. </p><p>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 various special topics; literature surveys of symphonic and chamber repertoires, and general interest courses on soul, hip-hop and LGBTQ musical history. He has also served a term as an at-large member of the national council of the American Musicological Society, and two terms as president of the society’s mid-Atlantic chapter. </p></div><div class="ExternalClass93B033CD89304E229B7EB9CD474EB81F"><p><br></p><p> </p></div>pgentry@udel.eduGentry, Philip302-831-8134<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Gentry_P.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant Professor, Music History and Literature<p>Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University<br>Master of Arts, Brandeis University<br>Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology, UCLA</p>

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  • School of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578
  • ud-music@udel.edu