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Associate Professor of Musicology, Arizona State University

Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Fall 2017


Peter Schmelz is an associate professor of musicology at Arizona State University. He earned his BA at George Washington University and PhD in the history and literature of music at the University of California, Berkeley. Schmelz is currently completing two manuscripts: Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso no. 1 (Oxford, forthcoming) and Sonic Overload: Polystylism as Cultural Practice in the Late USSR, focused on the music of Alfred Schnittke and Valentin Silvestrov. In 2011, Schmelz received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and his first book, Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw (Oxford, 2009), won an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Award. Schmelz edits the Journal of Musicology and is series editor of Russian Music Studies from Indiana University Press. He previously taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as chair of the music department.