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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. 

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