Julia Randel, Associate Professor and Department Chair, teaches courses in music history and world music, including Music Literature before 1700, History and Literature of the Symphony, History and Literature of Opera, and the Seminar in Music. Her research centers on European music of the 19th and 20th centuries, in particular the intersections of music with dance, literature, and drama.
Dr. Randel's current research focus is a book project on Igor Stravinsky's work with the choreographer George Balanchine, who is considered by many (including the composer himself) to be one of the most perceptive and influential interpreters of Stravinsky's music. For the summer of 2013, Dr. Randel was awarded a research fellowship by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel Switzerland, which houses the world's most important collection of Stravinsky's autograph scores, compositional sketches, and documents. Her work there explored the question of how Stravinsky's love of classical ballet and his work with choreographers shaped his musical styles.
Her most recent publication, an article on Stravinsky and Balanchine's ballets Apollo and Orpheus, appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Opera Quarterly and can be read here.
Dr. Randel earned her Ph.D. at Harvard (Historical Musicology, 2004), with a dissertation titled "Dancing With Stravinsky: Balanchine, Agon, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and the Language of Classical Ballet." She also holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Georgia (1997); MM in Tuba Performance from the University of Kentucky (1996); and a BA in Literature from Yale (Magna cum laude, 1993). Before joining the faculty at Hope in 2005, she taught at Harvard and the University of Georgia. She has presented her work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society of Dance History Scholars, Feminist Theory and Music, and Congress on Research in Dance; at symposia of the Harvard Theatre Collection on George Balanchine and on Diaghilev's Ballets Russes; and at the international conference Moving Dialogues, on relationships between music and dance.
At Hope, Dr. Randel is also affiliated with the Mellon Scholars Program and Women's Studies, and served as Director of Global Learning from 2012-2014. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she received grants from the college to conduct collaborative research with students. Several of her students have presented their work at the National Celebration of Undergraduate Research, and one student's work was selected for presentation at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. in April 2012. In the spring of 2012, with the support of a New Directions Initiatives grant from the Great Lakes College Association, she spent a month in Spain following the route of the 1916-18 tours by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
In her spare time, Dr. Randel still enjoys dusting off her tuba and her ballet shoes from time to time (though usually not at the same time), reading and writing for fun, and spending time with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.
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