JoAnn Taricani explores the areas of early music and American studies with an emphasis on digital humanities and primary source materials in early modern British and German history and early American history; she welcomes graduate students in the areas of 17th- and 18th-century British music and early music performance. She was presented with the 2017 Noah Greenberg Award by the American Musicological Society for her discoveries regarding the 1661 anthology An antidote against melancholy of John Playford, with her edition soon to be issued as a recording by Centaur Records. She recently 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, as a keynote speaker at Stanford University's Primary Source Symposium, 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 1737 comic opera The Dragon of Wantley, presented in staged performances by the Folger Consort.
Taricani teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance music, and directs the UW’s early music ensemble, the Collegium Musicum, which performs music ranging from chant to American song. She received her M.A.and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a master's thesis on music in colonial Philadelphia and 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.)