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Bethany N Cencer

Bethany N Cencer

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor: Music History
Department: Crane School of Music
Phone: (315) 267-3228
E-mail: cencerbn@potsdam.edu
Office: Bishop Hall C306

Bethany Cencer researches seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British vocal music, with a focus on intersections between gender and national identity. Additional research interests include middlebrow culture, ritual in performance and listening, and music and commemoration. She received a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory and a D.M.A. in Harpsichord Performance from Stony Brook University. Originally from Michigan, Bethany also received degrees from the University of Michigan (M.M. in keyboard instrument performance and B.M. in musicology with an early music concentration).

Her dissertation focuses on all-male partsong clubs in London during the Georgian era, and the ways in which meeting rituals, song texts, and club initiatives intersected with experiences and expressions of masculinity. Publications based on this material are forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook on Music and Advertising, Oxford Handbook on Public Musicology, and Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. Bethany's research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Huntington Library and the UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She has presented at national and international conferences, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, International Conference on Baroque Music, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, North American British Music Studies Association, and Society for Eighteenth-Century Music.

Bethany has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on several topics, including performance of Baroque music, amateur music cultures, music of J. S. Bach, and music and religion, as well as the complete music major history survey and music appreciation. As a harpsichordist as well as a historian, she often incorporates live performance into her pedagogical practice. She is also the director of Early Music Day, an annual public musicology event that features faculty-student presentations on period instruments and vocal techniques from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.