Rebecca Marchand is Professor of core studies in Music History at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She teaches undergraduate music history, courses such as Writing About Music and Communicating About Music, and a wide range of graduate seminars in topics ranging from women and music of the Italian Renaissance to investigating the music of the Darmstadt summer courses. Marchand also directs the Graduate Music History Writing Center at Boston Conservatory.

A founding member of the Haydn Society of North America, Marchand also served as the president of the New England chapter of the American Musicological Society from 2012 to 2016. She has held previous teaching and lecturing positions at Westmont College, Boston University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Providence College. She has presented at a variety of conferences, including a Master Teacher session at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and has delivered invited lectures at West Virginia University and University of New Hampshire. Marchand is also an author of digital learning content for W. W. Norton music textbook publications. Her essay “Missa Eclectica: Lou Harrison and Artistic Ideologies after Vatican II” appears in Qui musicam in se habet: Studies in Honor of Alejandro Enrique Planchart, edited by Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie Blackburn, and Stanley Boorman (American Institute of Musicology, 2015).



MA/Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Santa Barbara

PSC, Performing Arts Administration, Emerson College

Certificate of College and University Teaching (CCUT), University of California, Santa Barbara

BA, Music, cum laude, Scripps College



  • “Missa Eclectica: Lou Harrison and Artistic Ideologies after Vatican II” in Qui musicam in se habet: Studies in honor of Alejandro Enrique Planchart. Edited by Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie J. Blackburn, and Stanley Boorman, 121-145. American Institute of Musicology, 2015.

  • Review. The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel by Walter Simmons. In Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 68, no. 3 (March 2012): 594-595.

  • ReviewFive Lines, Four Spaces: The World of My Music by George Rochberg. In Notes: Quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, 66 no. 4 (June 2010): 753-755.

  • Review. Haydn and the Performance of Rhetoric, Eds. by Tom Beghin & Sander Goldberg. In Early Music America 16, No. 2 (Summer 2010).

  • ReviewEagle Minds: Selected Correspondence of Istvan Anhalt & George Rochberg, 1961-2005 Edited by Alan Gillmor (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007) in Bulletin for the Society for American Music, Vol. XXXV, No. 1 (Winter 2009).

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    “About a hundred years from now, it might be done in church”: Paul Creston’s Missa “Cum Jubilo,Op. 97 to be delivered at the 44th Annual Conference of the Society for American Music, Kansas City, MO, 28 February – 4 March, 2018


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