Andrew Shryock

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Music History

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I'm interested in compelling performance. Every lecture, every assignment, every course is an outgrowth of a desire to empower students to achieve this goal, to equip them with skills and strategies for clear and persuasive expression, in class and on stage. 

Andrew Shryock joined the Conservatory's music history faculty in 2013. He is a musicologist and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, with emphasis on topics in 18th-century music.

Shryock’s research examines intersections of music, literature, and aesthetics in 18th-century England and specifically in the music of George Frideric Handel. This interest in music-text relations extends also to hip-hop. Most recently, his work on these topics has appeared in such books and journals as the Newsletter for the American Handel Society, This Is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics, and Popular Culture (edited by Katherine L. Turner; Ashgate series, 2015), and Notes (the journal of the Music Library Association). He has delivered papers at numerous conferences, including the national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Handel Institute (U.K.), American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Society for Textual Studies. Shryock regularly provides concert essays and pre-concert lectures for ensembles such as Back Bay Chorale, Rockport Music, Music at Marsh Chapel, New England Classical Singers, and Georgia Tech Chamber Choir (Atlanta).

Before joining the faculty at Boston Conservatory, Shryock taught at Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Boston University. He also served as general manager for the early-music ensemble the Boston Camerata.

Shryock holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University and an M.M. in musicology and B.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Music Faculty of the Year (Boston Conservatory Student Government Association, 2016)