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Karen Cook

Assistant Professor of Music History

Email: kacook@hartford.edu

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Dr. Karen M. Cook specializes in medieval and Renaissance music theory and performance. She is currently working on several new critical editions and translations of late medieval theory treatises as well as a monograph exploring the development of rhythmic notation in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. She also maintains active research interests in popular and contemporary music, especially on music and identity in television, film, and video games and on (neo) medievalism in contemporary culture.

She has presented her research at numerous national and international venues, notably the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, and the 2015 conference on Philippe de Vitry. Her recent work has been published in Plainsong & Medieval Music, Early Music, and in Music and Video Games: Studying Play, Routledge Music and Screen Media Series, edited by K.J. Donnelly, William Gibbons, and Neil Lerner; forthcoming work will be published with the Oxford Bibliography series, the Oxford Handbook on Music and Medievalism, and the A-R Online Music Anthology.

In addition, she is an active singer and performer of both early and contemporary music, and is routinely on the faculty and staff of Amherst Early Music, the largest presenter of early music workshops in North America.

In the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Cook is a University of Hartford Humanities Center Fellow.


BA: Music Performance; Religion - Gettysburg College
MM: Music Theory Pedagogy; Musicology - Peabody Conservatory
Ph.D: Musicology; Certificate in Medieval & Renaissance Studies - Duke University

Classes Taught

HLM 213 • The Classical Era through the Present
HLM 316 • The Medieval through the Late Baroque

HLM 470 • Medievalism in Contemporary Culture

HLM 615 • ProSeminar in Music History: Intro to Musicologies
HLM 670 • Medievalism in Contemporary Culture
HLM 671 • Musical Notation
HLM 671 • Musical Borrowing
HLM 671 • Pre-Tonal Theory and Analysis