Elisabeth LeGuin to be appointed Chair of Musicology

Interim Dean Judith Smith announced today that Professor Elisabeth LeGuin will lead the Department of Musicology as Chair, effective July 1, 2016.  Dean Smith praised her achievements in teaching, research and service, and observed “the next three years will be pivotal for Musicology and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,” noting Professor LeGuin’s “leadership will advance the department’s interests as the School finds its bearings as a new academic unit."

Elisabeth joined Musicology in 1997 and has developed a particular focus on undergraduate advising, the teaching of writing, international education, and the integration of performance with scholarship. In the Department, she served for 15 years as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and is this year serving as the Director of Graduate Studies. .She has also served two terms as the Study Center Director for the UC Education Abroad Program in Mexico City.

Known for her dedicated and innovative teaching, Professor LeGuin has been selected by the Academic Senate Committee on Teaching to receive one of six awards for Distinguished Teaching in 2016.

Professor LeGuin recent book, The Tonadilla in Performance: Lyric Comedy in Enlightenment Spain (2013), won the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award in 2015. The award, which is the society’s highest honor, is given “for a musicological book of exceptional merit by a scholar beyond the early stages of his or her career.”

As a Baroque cellist, she was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque and Artaria String Quartet, and appeared in over 40 recordings. In 2009, she successfully revived UCLA´s Early Music Ensemble after a 15-year hiatus; the ensemble is now a lively part of the School's musical life. In recent years Professor Le Guin has been involved in the movimiento jaranero, a transnational grassroots form of musical activism based in Mexican traditional practices.

She succeeds Professor Ray Knapp, who has served as the Musicology Chair for the past three years. Dean Smith thanked Professor Knapp for his leadership, stating he “worked tirelessly to advance the department’s cause in conceptualizing and writing sections of the Proposal to Establish the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music."  Praising him for his leadership in her Cabinet, Dean Smith indicated she looks forward to working with Professor Knapp in his new capacity as an Academic Associate Dean in the School.