Institute Director

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Hilde Binford received her PhD in musicology from Stanford University. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to music history, and all of her research involves a combination of disciplines. She has taught courses in Baroque music at Stanford University and Georgetown University, and she currently teaches at Moravian College. In addition to her musicology background, her first degree was in history, focusing on the Reformation period. She has taught a wide variety of courses, including courses on the history of art, history of science and music in film. She excels in mathematics, and uses extensive statistical analyses in her own research. Having gained experience in coordinating events at Stanford University, she has been the coordinator of the biennial Moravian Music Conference since her arrival in Bethlehem. She has worked closely with diverse groups, including adult students at Quantico Marine Base, international students at Stanford University and Old Order Amish in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She looks forward to working with a diverse group of participants.

Curriculum Consultant

Louise Forsyth, Master Teacher, is head of the History Department at Poly Prep Country Day School. She has taught high school for twenty years after having taught at community colleges for seven years. She has an M.A. in European history and completed the coursework towards the doctorate. She teaches Advanced Placement European history, Advanced Placement World history, psychology, economics, and comparative religion. She has participated in numerous NEH institutes and seminars, in two Fulbright- Hays programs, and in a Goethe Institute trip to Germany for teachers.

Institute Faculty

Larry Lipkis is the Bertha-Mae Starner '27 and Jay F. Starner Professor of Music and Composer in Residence at Moravian College. He directs the early music activities at the College, which include the Collegium Musicum and the Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble, and also teaches composition and music theory. Dr. Lipkis is also a member of the Baltimore Consort, an acclaimed early-music ensemble specializing in popular music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Its program "Bach and His Lutheran Predecessors" was performed at the 97th Bethlehem Bach Festival in 2004. Dr. Lipkis also has taught an adult education class called "J.S. Bach: His Life, His Works, His Faith" at Moravian Theological Seminary and First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and presented a lecture on Bach's St. John Passion at the Philadelphia Bach Festival. In 1998, he teamed with Loretta O'Sullivan, principal cello of the Bach Festival Orchestra, for a pre-concert lecture before a performance by Yo-Yo Ma of Bach's six suites for unaccompanied cello.

Michael Marissen holds a B.A. from Calvin College and Ph. D. from Brandeis University. He joined the Swarthmore College music faculty in 1989 and since then has also been a visiting professor at Princeton University and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He has published many articles on J.S. Bach’s instrumental and vocal music and is the author of The Social and Religious Designs of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Princeton) and Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion (Oxford); editor of Creative Responses to Bach from Mozart to Hindemith (Nebraska); and co-author of An Introduction to Bach Studies (Oxford) with Daniel R. Malamed.

Peter Wollny studied musicology, art history, and German literature at Cologne University before pursuing his doctoral studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. there in 1993 with a doctoral thesis on the works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Since 1993 he has been employed at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, where for some time he has been senior research fellow and curator of the manuscript and rare books collection.

Wollny works for the Neue Bach-Ausgabe, for which he has edited several volumes; he is one of three General Editors of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, sole editor of the works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, editor of the Bach-Jahrbuch and the Jahrbuch Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik. He has published numerous articles on the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is currently working on a study on seventeenth-century sacred music in Protestant Germany. Wollny teaches regularly at the universities of Leipzig, Dresden and Weimar.

George Stauffer is currently serving as the Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Professor of Music History at Rutgers University. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and his M. Ph. and Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University. He has written seven books on J. S. Bach and the music of the Baroque, including J. S. Bach: the Mass in B Minor (1997). His latest work is Why Bach Matters, forthcoming by Yale University Press in 2009. Dr. Stauffer stepped in as an alternate for both the NEH Institutes in 2005 and 2008, where he presented thoughtful and well-prepared lectures.

Workshop Directors

David Boothroyd is an opera coach from Vancouver, Canada. In addition to working for the University of British Columbia’s Opera Ensemble, he continues to coach many professional opera singers. He has served as principal coach for Vancouver Opera and is currently the pianist for City Opera Vancouver. As the musical director for Burnaby Lyric Opera since 2004, Mr. Boothroyd has led productions of 18 titles. He has coached 150 productions of 100 different titles, in English, Italian, French, German, Russian, Czech and Latin. He earned his master’s degree is musicology from the University of Western Ontario. Since 2009 he has prepared a series of “Opera Highlights” productions: 75-90 minute versions of operas in concert with narration.

Kaspar Mainz has appeared in more than 600 theatrical performances in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is the Artistic Director of Deliciae Theatrales, a group that specializes in theater, dance and music performances for children. He has taught at Salzburg University, University of Leipzig, Salzburg Mozarteum, and University of Graz. Mr. Mainz was a contributing author on dance in the new leading publication for music pedagogy: Dreiklang. Musik 5/6, published in 2009 by Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin.



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