Michael Alan Anderson
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Artistic Director, Schola Antiqua of Chicago
Faculty Associate, Susan B. Anthony Institute
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Michael Alan Anderson received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2008 and is author of the book St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (forthcoming from Cambridge, 2014). He specializes in a wide range of issues related to sacred music from the fourteenth through the sixteenth century, with emphasis on the saints and lay devotion. Anderson is the 2012 winner of the Noah Greenberg Award, given by the American Musicological Society for outstanding contributions to historical performance practices. In the same year, he also received the Deems Taylor Award (presented by the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) for his 2011 article published in Early Music History that illuminates Midsummer rituals referenced in thirteenth-century motets. Most recently, he received the University of Rochester’s Provost Multidisciplinary Award, which involves producing first recordings of medieval music to be supplied to the newly installed Medieval gallery at the Memorial Art Gallery. Other awards include the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, the Alvin H. Johnson American Musicological Society 50 Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the Grace Frank Grant (Medieval Academy of America), the Whiting Foundation Fellowship (University of Chicago), and several travel and research grants.
Besides Early Music History, Anderson’s articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Studi musicali. He sits on the editorial board of two textbooks published by W.W. Norton (The History of Western Music, 9th edition [ed. Burkholder] and Concise History of Western Music, 5th edition [ed. Hanning]). Since 2010, he has also served on the Editorial Board of the American Choral Review, the semiannual journal of the organization Chorus America. Anderson has further presented papers at the congress of the International Musicological Society (Rome), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (Vienna, Utrecht, and London), the national and local chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), and conferences of the Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Academy of America, and the International Association for Robin Hood Studies.
Still an active performer, Anderson has served as Artistic Director of Schola Antiqua since 2008, following the retirement of Calvin M. Bower, with whom he co-founded the organization. A Chicago-based professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music before 1600, Schola Antiqua currently serves as Artists in Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute and has been the recipient of grants from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Sage Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. The ensemble has recorded for academic publications, and music from commercial albums has aired on the nationally syndicated broadcasts of With Heart and Voice, Millennium of Music, and Harmonia. The recordings have also received reviews in Early Music America, Fanfare,the Journal of Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Notes (Music Library Association). Its forthcoming album of music for Advent will be released by Naxos of America in October 2014.
As a choral conductor, Anderson has further served as the Assistant Director of the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir (2001-5) and as a guest conductor of the Notre Dame Glee Club. Meantime as a singer, Anderson performed with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, under the batons of Barenboim, Boulez, Penderecki, Mehta, Eschenbach, Rostropovich, and others in venues from Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago to Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie. He has also received invitations to appear with the Boston Early Music Festival chamber ensemble, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Seraphic Fire, Voices (Rochester), and the Schola Cantorum of Christ Church (Rochester).
Works / Publications
- St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- “The One Who Comes After Me: John the Baptist, Christian Time, and Symbolic Musical Techniques,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 66 (2013): 639-708. Full text
- “Root, Branch, and Flower: Lineage and Fecundity in the Versified Offices for St. Anne,” in The Book of Nature and Humanity in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. David Hawkes and Richard G. Newhauser, Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 29 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 105-129.
- “Fire, Foliage, and Fury: Vestiges of Midsummer Ritual in Motets for John the Baptist,” Early Music History 30 (2011): 1-54. Full text
- “‘His Name will be Called John’: Reception and Symbolism in Obrecht’s Missa de Sancto Johanne Baptista,” Early Music 39 (2011): 547-61. Full text
- “Enhancing the Ave Maria in the Ars Antiqua,” Plainsong and Medieval Music 19 (2010): 35-65. Full Text
- “The Organization and Complexes of the Q 15 Hymn Cycle,” Studi musicali 35 (2006): 327-62.
- Review of The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music, by David J. Rothenberg, in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 89 (2014), 236-7.
- Review of Anne Smith, The Performance of 16th-Century Music: Listening to the Theorists. Oxford University Press, 2011, in American Choral Review 55 (2013): 12-13. Full text
- Review of Christopher Page, The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009, in American Choral Review 53 (2011): 9-11. Full text
- MHS 121 – Music and Society (800-1750)
- MHS 281 – Musical Borrowing
- MHS 421 – Middle Ages
- MHS 590 – Music in 19th c. U.S.A.
- MHS 591 – Music of Marian Devotion
VIDEO SAMPLES (Schola Antiqua of Chicago)
Machaut, Agnus Dei III, recorded live in concert (Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland)
Excerpts from “Josquin: Master of the Notes” (October 2011)
Excerpt from recording session: “Hail Mary Full of Grace”
Montage from the concert series “Music of the Hours” with special guest Roger S. Wieck (April 2012)
Anonymous, “Sanctus,” from West Meets East: Sacred Music from the Torino Codex (Discantus, 2010)
SOUND SAMPLES (Schola Antiqua of Chicago)
Orlande de Lassus, “Hostis herodes impie,” from The Kings of Tharsis (Discantus, 2011)
Antiphon: “Ecce virgo concipiet,” from Long Joy, Brief Languor (Discantus, 2009)
Engagements / Professional Activities
- February 2, 2014, 8am: appearance on local broadcast of With Heart and Voice (WXXI) discussing the Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award.
- February 13, 2014, 7pm: “Echoes of the Middle Ages,” performance with members of Schola Cantorum of Christ Church (Rochester), Fountain Court, Memorial Art Gallery.
- March 2, 2014, 3pm: “What’s Up” Talk. Memorial Art Gallery, discussing Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award.
- March 27-29, 2014: “Plainchant and Politics in the Turin Codex” – paper to be presented at the Sixtieth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, New York City.
- April 6, 2014, 3pm: Directing Schola Antiqua in “Sounds of Faith.” An afternoon of sacred sounds and inspirations from the Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam by leading Cantors, reciters, choirs and instrumentalists, to educate, enthrall and build mutual respect.
- April 24, 2014, 5pm: “Medieval Sights and Sounds,” discussing Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award for the University of Rochester’s Undergraduate Medieval Society.
- May 9-10, 2014: Directing Schola Antiqua in “A Mother’s Mother: Renaissance Music for St. Anne.” Bond Chapel, University of Chicago, 7:30pm (Friday) and St. Clement Church, 8:00pm (Saturday). More info.
- June 15, 2014: Directing Schola Antiqua in a program of music associated with The Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition of works by the Master of Claude of France, curated by Roger S. Wieck. The Morgan Library and Museum, 2:00pm. More info.