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.


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.

2023-2024 Lecture

Robert Fink

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Robert Fink is Professor of Musicology, Music Industry, and Humanities, Chair of Music Industry Programs at UCLA, and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Trained as a music theorist and musicologist, his primary areas of interest include musical analysis, avant-garde and minimal music, popular music studies, timbre and rhythm in music, playlist culture, and the history of electronic dance music.

He has published widely on contemporary and popular music in academic journals, and is the author of Repeating Ourselves, a 2005 study of American minimal music as cultural practice; and The Relentless Pursuit of Tone, an interdisciplinary survey of research into the “sound” of popular music, awarded the American Musicological Society’s Ruth Solie Prize for best edited collection in 2018.

Professor Fink regularly comments on current issues in the music industry, and has extensive experience as a forensic musicologist in copyright litigation.

September 16, 2024, 7:30 p.m., Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

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  • Past Lectures

    2023 Huib Schippers, University of California-Los Angeles

    2023 Sherry D. Lee, Trinity College

    2022 Robynn Stilwell, Georgetown University

    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