Neumann Lecture Series
The University of Richmond Department of Music invites one distinguished music scholar each year to address the university, the Greater Richmond area and the scholarly communities, and to spend time with its students. The Neumann Lectures offer a further opportunity to expand the vision of the University of Richmond as a locus for serious dialogue about music, the arts, and society.
Frederick Neumann (1907-1994)
Born in Bielitz, Austro-Hungary, Frederick "Fritz" Neumann studied the violin from early childhood. Following the completion of his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin and a brief career as an export-market analyst in Prague, he returned to the study of the violin and became a United States citizen in 1943. By 1952, he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Music Education at Columbia University.
Appointed to the music faculty of the University of Richmond in 1955, Fritz taught violin, founded the University Symphony, and was concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony. He retired from the University in 1978.
From the mid 1960s, Fritz occupied himself principally with the research of authentic performance practice, particularly of the 17th and 18th centuries, a career that was furthered by grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The American Musicological Society presented him with the prestigious Otto Kinkeldey Award in 1987 for the volume Ornamentation and Improvisation in Mozart.
2016 Neumann Lecture
From Improvisation to Symphony: Charles Ives as Organist and Composer
J. Peter Burkholder, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Musicology
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University—Bloomington
2003 Christoph Wolff (musicologist)
2004 Susan McClary (musicologist)
2005 Kay Kaufmann Shelemay (ethnomusicologist)
2006 Nicholas Till (musicologist)
2007 Guthrie Ramsey (musicologist)
2008 Suzanne Cusick (musicologist)
2009 Roger Parker (musicologist)
2011 Lei Liang (composer)
2012 Joseph Flummerfelt (conductor)
2013 Craig Wright (musicologist)
2015 Jessie Ann Owens (musicologist)