Elaine Sisman

Elaine Sisman is the Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University, where she has taught since 1982, serving six years as department chair and eight as chair of Music Humanities. The author of numerous studies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, for which she received the Alfred Einstein Award and grants from the NEH and ACLS, she has also lectured widely on classical and romantic approaches to musical illumination and melancholy. A former president of the American Musicological Society, she serves on the boards of international Haydn and Mozart societies as well as The Musical Quarterly. Sisman studied piano at Juilliard and Cornell, received her doctorate in music history at Princeton, and has taught at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. Columbia has honored her with its Great Teacher Award (1992) and award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (2000).

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