Faculty Profile

Christopher A. Reynolds
Professor of Music

Professor of Musicology. Recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Research (2013), and also the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award (2000–01). His research areas include music of 19th-century Germany, the United States, and the Renaissance. He was elected President of the American Musicological Society (AMS) for the years 2013 and 2014.

Reynolds is the author of three books, one on Renaissance music in fifteenth-century Rome, and another on how composers in the 19th century influenced each other, called Motives for Allusion: Context and Content in Nineteenth-Century Music (Harvard University Press, 2003). His latest book is Wagner, Schumann and the Lessons of Beethoven’s Ninth. His research has been supported by fellowships from the ACLS, the NEH (twice), the Humboldt Foundation, and two residencies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence. He was a founding editor of Beethoven Forum.

Motives for Allusion was a finalist for the Otto Kinkeldey Award by the AMS. His article, Porgy and Bess: An ‘American Wozzeck’,” in the Journal of the Society for American Music (2007), won the H. Colin Slim Award from the AMS, and also the Kurt Weill Prize from the Kurt Weill Foundation.

Reynolds received the 2014 Richard S. Hill Award from the Music Library Association for his article, “Documenting the Zenith of Women Song Composers: A Database of Songs Published in the United States and the British Commonwealth, ca. 1890–1930,” published in Notes. He is donating his collection of more than 6200 songs composed by women to the university library, where much of it is housed in special collections as the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women’s Song, 1800–1950.

He has held visiting professorships at Yale, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, in Germany at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Goettingen, and in Florence at the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies.

As an administrator, Reynolds has twice been chair of the Music Department and was chair of the faculty of the College of Letters and Science. From 2002–04, he was director of the UC Study Center in Germany. He has also been editor of the AMS Studies in Music monograph series published with Oxford University Press.

Room 222E, Music Building
(530) 752-5649

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