Kathryn Fenton

Assistant Professor of Music History/Musicology

Kathryn Fenton
(615) 898-5984
(615) 898-5037
Room 267, Wright Music Building (WMB)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Western Ontario (2012)
  • MA, University of Notre Dame (1998)
  • BM, McGill University (1995)

Biography

Kathryn M. Fenton holds a BMus, Hons from McGill University, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in the Rhetorics of Inquiry from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in musicology from The University of Western Ontario. Prior to coming to MTSU, Professor Fenton taught at Eastern Illinois University, Guelph University, The University of Western Ontario,The University of Iowa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. At MTSU she teaches a range of music hist...

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Kathryn M. Fenton holds a BMus, Hons from McGill University, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in the Rhetorics of Inquiry from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in musicology from The University of Western Ontario. Prior to coming to MTSU, Professor Fenton taught at Eastern Illinois University, Guelph University, The University of Western Ontario,The University of Iowa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. At MTSU she teaches a range of music history courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She  sees music history courses as an opportunity to not only give students a sense of how individual works fit into a network of historical and cultural contexts and to expand their musical literacy, but also as a chance to encourage students to develop their critical thinking and writing skills. Fenton’s own research focuses on the music of the long nineteenth century, particularly French and Italian opera. She also studies musical life and institutions in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the development of an American musical identity. Her book, Puccini and the American Musical Identity (Routlege, Forthcoming) explores the intersection of nationalism, cosmopolitanism, and nativism in the early New York City reception of Giacomo Puccini’s opera  La fanciulla del West  (1910). She has presented her research at local, national, and international conferences in the fields of Musicology, Literature, and American History, and contributed several articles on opera singers to the 2013 Cambridge Verdi Encyclopaedia.   

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Courses

Worlds of Music

History of Western Art Music I

Bibliography and Research Methods