Rebecca Marchand

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Rebecca Marchand has been a member of the music history faculty at Boston Conservatory since 2009. She teaches undergraduate music history, Writing About Music, Communicating About Music, and graduate seminars in topics as varied as Women & 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—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 Teachers" 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 entitled, “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: Essays in Honor of Alejandro 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.