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.

2022-2023 Lecture

Sherry D. Lee, Trinity College
March 20, 2023, 7 p.m., Camp Concert Hall
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Past Lecturers

2020 Tammy Kernodle, Miami University of Ohio

2019 Guthrie Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania

2018 George Lipsitz, University of California-Santa Barbara

2017 Deborah Wong, University of California-Davis

2016 J. Peter Burkholder, Indiana University-Bloomington

2015 Jessie Ann Owens, University of California-Davis

2014 Anthony Seeger, University of California-Los Angeles

2013 Craig Wright, Yale University

2012 Joseph Flummerfelt, Westminster Choir College

2011 Lei Liang, University of California-San Diego

2010 Oliver Sachs (cancelled)

2009 Roger Parker, King’s College-London

2008 Suzanne Cusick, New York University

2007 Guthrie Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania

2006 Nicholas Till, University of Sussex

2005 Kay Kaufmann Shelemay, Harvard University

2004 Susan McClary, University of California-Los Angeles

2003 Christoph Wolff, Harvard University