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Dr. Benjamin Binder

Associate Professor of Music
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 215
Phone: 412.396.4355


Ph.D., Musicology, Princeton University, 2006
M.A., Musicology, Princeton University, 2000
M.M., Piano Performance, Washington University, 1997

Associate Professor of Music Benjamin Binder joined the musicianship faculty of the Mary Pappert School of Music in the fall of 2008, after holding a two-year teaching position at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. At Duquesne, Dr. Binder teaches music history and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a collaborative pianist, and he believes passionately in the close connection between scholarship and performance, a connection which he actively pursues in his own professional life and encourages his students to explore in his courses.

Dr. Binder holds a master's degree in piano performance from Washington University and a Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University. His work on German Romantic vocal music (Schubert, Schumann, Wagner) has been published in Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Current Musicology, and the volume Rethinking Schubert (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). He has presented papers on the Lieder of Schubert and Schumann at regional, national, and international scholarly conferences, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium, the Biennial International Conference on Ninteenth-Century Music, and the Biennial North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music. In general, his scholarly and teaching interests include European music and culture of the "long" nineteenth century, German Romanticism, Schubert and Schumann, the German Lied, subjectivity in music, the intersection of criticism, analysis, and performance, music and text, the music of J.S. Bach, theories of chromaticism, and creative forms of audience outreach in classical music.

As a pianist, Dr. Binder has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a participant in the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival. He has accompanied vocal recitals throughout North America, working with singers from companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Sarasota Opera. He is the artistic and general director of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative (http://www.pghsong.org) and regularly presents innovative song recitals throughout the Pittsburgh area and beyond, including collaborations with the Carnegie Museum of Art and Andy Warhol Museum.

Dr. Binder is also the director and co-founder of the Vancouver International Song Institute's Song Scholarship and Performance program (http://www.songinstitute.ca/song-scholarship-and-performance).