Rebecca Marchand

Rebecca Marchand

General Info


Professor of Core Studies


Music History

Rebecca Marchand joined the Conservatory in 2009 and is a professor of core studies in music history. She teaches undergraduate music history, the courses Writing About Music and Communicating About Music, and graduate seminars in topics ranging from women and music of the Italian Renaissance to the music of György Ligeti. Marchand also directs the graduate music history writing center at Boston Conservatory.

A founding member of the Haydn Society of North America, Marchand also served as the president of the New England chapter of the American Musicological Society from 2012 to 2016. She has held previous teaching and lecturing positions at Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Providence College. She has presented at a variety of conferences, including a Master Teacher session at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and a recent poster session on Julius Eichberg, founder of Boston Conservatory, at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for American Music in Boston. In February 2015, she gave an invited public lecture at West Virginia University titled “Copland in the Steel Mills: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Industry.” Marchand is also an author of digital learning content for W. W. Norton music textbook publications. Her essay “Missa Eclectica: Lou Harrison and Artistic Ideologies after Vatican II” appears in Qui musicam in se habet: Studies in Honor of Alejandro Enrique Planchart, edited by Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie Blackburn, and Stanley Boorman (American Institute of Musicology, 2015).

Marchand earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, which was conferred with a Certificate in College and University Teaching. She also holds a P.S.C. in performing arts administration from Emerson College. Her current research focuses on performance lexicons for graphic musical notation.