Marjorie Hirsch

Marjorie Hirsch
Professor of Music
Bernhard Music Center Rm 39
At Williams since 2001


B.A. Yale University (1982)
M.A. Yale University (1985)
Ph.D. Yale University, Music (1989)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

MUS 101(F)

Listening to Music: An Introduction to the Western Classical Tradition

MUS 115

American Music

COMP 134

Myth in Music

MUS 165


MUS 173

Storytelling in Music

MUS 232(S)

Music in History II: 1750-1900

MUS 236

The Romantic Generation

MUS 272 T

Music and Meaning

MUS 273 T

Dangerous Music

MUS 281(F, S)

Individual Vocal and Instrumental Instruction

MUS 291(F, S)

Chamber Music Workshop


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 theJournal of Musicology and the Journal for Musicological Research.  Current research projects involve nostalgia in the Lieder of Brahms and Schumann, and music and myth.

Current Committees

Calendar and Schedule Committee