Ph.D., music history and theory,
Joined the Williams faculty in Fall 2001. Previously associate professor of music history at
Professor Hirsch has taught courses for music majors and non-majors in western classical music (Medieval, Reniassance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century), Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, Verdi, German Romantic Lieder, Concerto, Opera, American Music, Storytelling in Music, Women in Music, Romanticism in Music and Literature, Music Appreciation, and Basics of Music.
Professor Hirsch’s scholarship involves the songs of Franz Schubert and other German Romantic composers. Her book Schubert’s Dramatic Lieder was published by Cambridge University Press in 1993. A second book, Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise, is forthcoming (CUP, 2007). She has delivered papers at national and chapter meetings of the American Musicological Society and other conferences, and had articles published in the Journal of Musicology and the Journal for Musicological Research. Current research projects involve nostalgia in the Lieder of Brahms and Schumann, and music and myth.