David Ferris

David Ferris’ research interests include early 19th-century German Romantic song, musical biography, and the life and works of C.P.E. Bach. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Routledge Press, and has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of MusicologyMusic Theory Spectrum, and Music and Letters. He is editing two volumes for the new complete edition of C. P. E. Bach’s works, and one volume (in collaboration with Kazuko Ozawa) of the new Robert Schumann edition. Prof. Ferris has presented papers at national conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, and Germany. In 2004, he spent a semester at the American Academy in Berlin as a Berlin Prize Fellow.

At the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Professor Ferris teaches seminars on the classical style, Mozart, Romantic song, Mendelssohn and Schumann, text and music, and folklorism in 19th-century music, as well as a First-year Writing Intensive Seminar on musical biography. He was a member of the Senate working group that created the new Program in Writing and Communication, and he now serves as the Shepherd School representative on the Faculty Advisory Board of the program. Before coming to Rice University in 1998, Professor Ferris taught at the University of Houston, Amherst College, and MIT.

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David Ferris , Associate Professor of Musicology
B. Mus. (1982) New England Conservatory; Ph.D. (1993) Brandeis University
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