Joseph Mann

Joseph A. Mann received his B.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Longwood University, summa cum laude, his M.M. in Piano Performance from James Madison University, and will receive his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology with a Ph.D. minor in English Literature from The Catholic University of America.

As a musicologist, Mann is dedicated to uncovering the complex love/hate relationship that early modern England had with music and to explaining how that relationship was exploited by musicians, politicians, and propagandists to further their personal and political goals. He is also interested in the relationship between music and literature in the nineteenth century and on the meaning, function, and reception of literature about music from that period. His recent articles in Musica Disciplina and The Musical Times address both of these areas of his research, and he presents papers on these topics regularly at local and regional conferences such as the North American British Music Studies Association, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society. In addition to teaching music history at GW, Mann has also taught music history at American University and at The Catholic University of America, where he has also taught music theory, aural skills, and the foundational literature of Western civilization.

As an instrumentalist, Mann has performed solo and ensemble repertoire on the piano, harpsichord, trumpet, and bassoon. In addition to performing the great works of the Western canon, especially those by Chopin and Beethoven, Mann enjoys exploring lesser known works, such as those by Alkan and Thalberg, and sharing them with audiences that might never have the opportunity to explore the work of composers who were wildly popular and influential in their own time but have since fallen out of favor. He has also performed professionally on the piano and trumpet in large and small jazz ensembles, and his interest in improvisation has led him to perform entirely improvised pieces on recitals, including in one instance an entirely improvised solo recital. As a conductor, Mann has guest-conducted the Longwood Wind Symphony and previously served as the director/conductor for the Virginia Girls State Instrumental Ensemble.