The Agon of Opera and Dance,” co-organizer with Majel Connery and Elizabeth Stern, Princeton University, May 3–4, 2013.

“After the End of Music History,” an international conference in honor of Richard Taruskin, co-organizer with Simon Morrison and Caryl Emerson, Princeton University, February 9–12, 2012. (For New York Times coverage click here and here.)


“The Tap-Dancing ‘Bach Ballet’ (1936) and the Origins of George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco (1941),” Modernist Studies Association (Boston), November 2015.

“Burlesquing the Ballets Russes: Pleasure and Parody in the Princess Zenobia ballet of On Your Toes (1936),” Society for American Music (Sacramento), March 2015.

“Paul Draper’s ‘Bach Ballet’ (1936) and the Origins of Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco (1941),” Society of Dance History Scholars­–Congress on Research and Dance (Iowa City), November 2014.

“Toward a Theory of Music Patronage Post-1900,” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 2014. (panelist)

“Balanchine and the American Ballet in Philadelphia,” Dance Critics Association, Philadelphia, PA, June 13-14, 2014.

“Dancing for Ford: The Commercial Experiments of Ballet Caravan,” Society for American Music, Lancaster, PA, March 6–9, 2014.

“George Balanchine’s First Ballets in America: The Stories of Serenade, Alma Mater, and Transcendence,” Catholic University of America, Musicology Colloquium, Washington, DC, October 21, 2013. (invited lecture)

“American Historical Melodrama: The Case of The Pioneer Patriot, or The Maid of the War Path,” Staging History: Performing the Past in the Theaters of London and New York, 1770–1870, Oxford University, May 20–22, 2013.

The Stories of Serenade, George Balanchine’s ‘First Ballet in America,’” Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University, December 7, 2011.

“Current Trends in Opera Composition,” with George Steele (New York City Opera) and Elliot Cole and Caroline Shaw (Princeton University), “Remixing Opera” conference, Columbia University, New York, January 14–15, 2011. (panelist)

“Staging Stowe in Siam, or The Puzzlement of ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas,’” Sixth Susan Porter Memorial Symposium: Classic Broadway and Those Who Built It, University of Colorado, Boulder, October 2–4, 2010.

“Staging the Backstage at ‘The Met: Live in HD,’” International Workshop on Opera and Video, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, March 22–23, 2010.

“Only Connect: the Role of Musicology in Community Engagement,” with Marisa Biaggi (Metropolitan Opera), Pedagogy Study Group, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 14, 2009. (panelist)

“J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the Semiotics of Sacred and Secular Performance Occasion,” American Musicological Society Capital Chapter, Randolph–Macon University, October 11, 2008.

“The Aesthetic-Institutional Agenda of the Metropolitan Opera ‘Live in HD,’” Music and the Moving Image Conference, New York University, May 30–June 1, 2008.


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