The Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Phone: (646) 312- 4055
Location: VC 7-224
Abby Anderton is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Fine and Performing Arts Department.
Before coming to Baruch, she taught at Providence College and served as the Concert Manager at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Professor Anderton’s research explores the cultural denazification and re-education programs of the American Military Government in postwar Berlin, focusing on the experience of musicians under tyranny and occupation. Her work has appeared in Music Research Forum, and her research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Germanistic Society of America, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Professor Anderton is currently at work on a book entitled Music among the Ruins: Classical Music, Propaganda, and the American Cultural Agenda in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.
Most recent or current research:
I am currently researching the musical culture of Displaced Persons Camps in postwar Germany, exploring performative rejections of victimization by Holocaust survivors who concertized while still wearing their concentration camp uniforms. My work also looks at the cultural denazification and re-education programs of the American Military Government in post-World War II Germany, and the culpability of musicians under tyranny and occupation.
Subject Matter Expertise (topics):
-Postwar German Musical Culture
-Music and Politics
-20th Century German Art Music
Degrees (with institution):
-Bucknell University, BA (In English and Music), Awarded May 2006
-Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Guest Student, 2011-2012
-University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, Awarded August 2012
Affiliations (boards, organizations):
-A Member of the American Musicological Society
-A Member of the German Studies Association
Most recent publications (articles and/books) or exhibitions
-Forthcoming article in Music and Politics Online entitled, “‘It was never a Nazi Orchestra’: The American Re-education of the Berlin Philharmonic”
-My research has also appeared in Music Research Forum
-I am currently at work on a book entitled Denazifying Beethoven: Classical Music, Propaganda, and the American Cultural Agenda in Berlin