6 p.m. - Chamber Hall, Kulas Musical Arts Building
Ellen Exner of the New England Conservatory will speak on "The Passion Beyond Bach." 

Bach Festival Guest Lecture

September 20, 2017

6 p.m.Photo of Ellen Exner

Chamber Hall, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Dr. Ellen Exner of the New England Conservatory will speak on "Shared Passions: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's St. John."

Exner is a specialist in music of the eighteenth century, specifically music of the Bach family and Berlin in the time of King Frederick II (The Great). Her current book project re-examines the eighteenth-century roots of Mendelssohn’s famous 1829 Berlin performance of J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

After receiving undergraduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in music history as well as Russian language and literature (both cum laude), Exner went on to receive an M.A. from Smith College and then a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University.

Exner is actively engaged with baroque repertory as both a scholar and a performer on historical oboes.

She has published critical editions of music by Gottfried August Homilius (Carus: Stuttgart) as well as his contemporary Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Complete Works Edition).

Her research appears in publications such as Eighteenth-Century Music, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and German-language volumes devoted to new studies of Homilius as well as Georg Philipp Telemann. An article on Corelli’s Op. V and Queen Sophie Charlotte of Prussia will be published this fall on perspectiva.net through Germany’s Max Weber Stiftung.

Exner is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bach Society and serves as Editor of its official newsletter, Bach Notes. She has taught courses on baroque music as well as the history of art song by invitation at Boston University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work has brought her recent invitations to lecture at Harvard, Yale, Emory, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, the University of Oregon, Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and coming this spring, Cornell University, the University of Dayton, and the Dayton Bach Society.

She joined the full-time music history faculty at New England Conservatory in fall 2015.