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Andrea Olmstead

  • Music History
  • Music History & Literature

Andrea Olmstead is the leading authority on modernist American composer Roger Sessions, with four books and Grove dictionary articles on Sessions: Roger Sessions and His Music (UMI Research Press, 1985), Conversations with Roger Sessions (Northeastern University Press, 1987), The Correspondence of Roger Sessions (Northeastern, 1992), The Revised New Grove Dictionary (2001) Sessions entry, as well as The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (2013) entry, and Roger Sessions: A Biography (Routledge, 2008). 

Olmstead is also the author of Juilliard: A History (University of Illinois Press, 1999) and Who Was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Daisy? (2012, e-book), and five book chapters, as well as numerous articles and reviews in The Journal of Musicology, Perspectives of New Music, The Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, Tempo, Musical America, and The Musical Quarterly.

The recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Awards, Olmstead has also been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome ten times and a writing Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on four occasions. She has taught graduate and undergraduate music history at conservatories for forty-four years, including eight years at The Juilliard School, twenty-three years at The Boston Conservatory, as well as at the graduate department of UMass-Amherst and on the NEC Preparatory faculty since 2006.

She has been a frequent pre-concert lecturer, record producer, and a librettist (www.Holyghoststheopera.org). Olmstead is one of only nine NEC regular division and preparatory faculty to have earned an entry in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013), which describes her work as “fascinating,” “groundbreaking,” and “authoritative.”

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