Mary K. Hunter

Affiliation: Music
A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Music, Emerita

Mary Hunter is a musicologist with interests in eighteenth-century opera, the history and ideology of performance, and music in culture. She has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the National Humanities Center.

She is the author of  The Culture of Opera Buffa in Mozart’s Vienna (Princeton, 1999), which won the American Musicological Society’s Kinkeldey Prize, and Mozart’s Operas: A Companion (Yale, 2008). She is the co-editor, with James Webster, of  Opera Buffa in Mozart’s Vienna (Cambridge 1997) and, with Richard Will, of Engaging Haydn: Culture, Context and Criticism (Cambridge 2012). She has been the editor of the Journal of Musicological Research,  the Cambridge Opera Journal, and AMS Studies in Music. The author of many articles in such journals as The Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, and Cambridge Opera Journal, and in many edited collections, she is currently working on a project about the ideology of performance in classical music culture.

Teaching interests include music theory, Classical period music, gender and music, Arabic music, and the history of performance. She is an active violinist, coaching chamber music at Bowdoin and playing in the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra as well as in several chamber groups.

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  • PhD, Cornell University
  • MA, Cornell University
  • BA, Sussex University