JoAnn Taricani conducts research in the areas of early music and American studies with an emphasis on digital humanities and primary source materials in early European history and American history, and welcomes graduate students in the areas of early British music and American studies. Currently, she has just completed the first edition of the music in the plays and ballad operas of the British writer Henry Fielding, in a new three-volume critical edition of the plays published by Oxford University Press (Henry Fielding: Plays, [2005-2015]). This has led to an investigation of the "invisible music" of 17th-century publications, in which specific music is implied, but not printed, and has received a grant to publish that music in print and in sound. In American studies, she has published in trans-Atlantic musical commerce and is currently working on a monograph related to the introduction of verismo opera to the United States. In addition to the Oxford Fielding edition, she has published articles on Renaissance composers and libraries in Revue belge de musicologie, Notes (The Journal of the Music Library Association), and on American music in The Musical Quarterly and Pennsylvania History.
Professor Taricani has presented her research at recent annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Congress of the International Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the North American British Music Studies Association, the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Medieval Association of the Pacific, was a plenary speaker for the national meeting of the Music Library Association, and has presented her work at many other scholarly meetings. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. She also collaborated with the Folger Shakespeare Library to reconstruct the comic opera The Dragon of Wantley, which had a series of staged performances by the Folger Consort.
Taricani teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance music, and also conducts the UW’s early music ensemble, the Collegium Musicum, which performs music ranging from chant to American parlor music. She received her M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on a music library from Renaissance Augsburg.
(For information on graduate programs in music history at the University of Washington, please write to Professor Taricani at firstname.lastname@example.org – and consult the program requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. on the School of Music Web site. At a minimum, entering graduate students are expected to have the equivalent of the B.A. in music history, and to submit several papers in the area of music history.
Recent Ph.D. graduates are currently employed at Stanford University, Florida State University, the University of Utah, and the University of Puget Sound and other universities. Recent master’s students have moved on to graduate programs at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and the University of California system.)