W. Anthony Sheppard

Chair and Professor of Music
email
413-597-2202
Bernhard Music Center Rm 41
At Williams since 1996

Education

B.A. Amherst College (1991)
M.F.A. Princeton University (1993)
Ph.D. Princeton University, Music (1996)

Areas of Expertise

20th- and 21st-century music
Cross-cultural influence and Orientalism
20th-century opera and music theater
Film music analysis
American music history
Vocal Timbre

Teaching Areas:
Musics of the Twentieth Century
Popular Music: Revolutions in the History of Rock
Music and Film
Introduction to Japanese Music and Theater
Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music
Opera
Verdi and Wagner
Music in Modernism
Senior Seminar: Music and Language
Senior Seminar: Timbre
Musics of Asia
Words and Music in the 60s and 70s
American Pop Orientalism
Words and Music by Bob Dylan

Courses

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

MUS 116

Music in Modernism

MUS 126

Musics of Asia

MUS 141

Opera

MUS 210 T

American Pop Orientalism

MUS 233(F)

Music in History III: Musics of the Twentieth Century

MUS 266 T

Verdi and Wagner

MUS 281(F, S)

Individual Vocal and Instrumental Instruction

MUS 291(F, S)

Chamber Music Workshop

MUS 402(S)

Senior Seminar in Music: Timbre

Scholarship/Creative Work

Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination, expected publication in 2016

Revealing Masks: Exotic Influences and Ritualized Performance in Modernist Music Theater (University of California Press, 2001)

“Puccini and the Music Boxes,” forthcoming in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 140, 1 (Spring 2015)

“Exoticism,” forthcoming in August 2014 in The Oxford Handbook of Opera, ed. Helen Greenwald, Oxford University Press

“Global Exoticism and Modernity,” in The Cambridge History of World Music, ed. Philip V. Bohlman, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 606-633

“The Persistence of Orientalism in the Postmodern Operas of Adams and Sellars,” in Representation in Western Music, ed. Joshua Walden, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 267-86

“Tan Dun and Zhang Yimou Between Film and Opera,” Journal of Musicological Research29, 1 (January 2010)

“Blurring the Boundaries: Tan Dun’s tinte and The First Emperor,” Journal of Musicology 26, 3 (Summer 2009)

“Continuity in Composing the American Cross-Cultural: Eichheim, Cowell, and Japan,”Journal of the American Musicological Society 61, 3 (Fall 2008)

“Cinematic Realism, Reflexivity and the American ‘Madame Butterfly’ Narratives,” Cambridge Opera Journal 17, 1 (2005)

“Representing the Authentic: Tak Shindo’s ‘Exotic Sound’ and Japanese American History,”ECHO 6, 2 (2005)

“An Exotic Enemy: Anti-Japanese Musical Propaganda in World War II Hollywood,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 54, 2 (Summer 2001)

“Bitter Rituals for a Lost Nation: Partch’s Revelation in the Courthouse Park and Bernstein’s Mass,” The Musical Quarterly 80, 3 (Fall 1996)


Online and Multimedia Publications:

Lecture at the Library of Congress, October 2010, “American Musical Modernism and Japan,”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZkTHRoVe6M

“Music Box as Muse to Puccini’s ‘Butterfly’,” The New York Times, June 2012:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/arts/music/puccini-opera-echoes-a-music-box-at-the-morris-museum.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Webcourse on Nico Muhly’s opera “Dark Sisters” for OPERA America, June 2012:
http://www.operaamerica.org/Content/Archive/OnlineLearning/darksisters/1317034803/sample.html

“Puccini’s Music Box?,” PBS program “State of the Arts,” December 2012:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gou5SF1NBs8

Lecture for the Berkshire Symphony performance of “The Rite of Spring,” March 2013:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0xvnYYG3xo

“Pop Orientalism: Tin Pan Alley to Taiwan Today,” lecture for the TEDx conference at Williams College, January 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSWvkDGsFd0

 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 2011
American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship, 2007-2008
ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, 2006
Kurt Weill Book Prize (biennial), Modern Language Association, American Musicological Society, American Society for Theatre Research, and Kurt Weill Foundation, 2003
NEH Fellowship recipient, 2003-2004
Alfred Einstein Award, American Musicological Society, 2002
NEH Summer Stipend recipient, 2002
Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, 1991

Professional Affiliations

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Musicological Society