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Joseph Auner

Joseph Auner

Ballou Hall / Granoff Music Center
Main Campus

Dean - University College

Joseph Auner, Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, is the founding Dean of University College since 2018.  As Dean he leads the University College team in exploring what is possible when the unique constellation of schools at Tufts works together in innovative ways to reach new student populations at every stage of life and career.  At Tufts he has also served as Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Music. Prior to coming to Tufts in 2006 he was Associate Provost at Stony Brook University. 

His honors and awards include fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater The Colorado College; his Ph.D is from the University of Chicago.  He has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and Vice-President of the American Musicological Society. His research and teaching include Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, Weimar Berlin, music and technologies, and sound studies. Recent publications include, “Learning from Contemporary Music,” “Schoenberg as Sound Student: Pierrot’s Klang,” “The Stopped Clock: Tape Loops, Synthesizers, and the Transfiguration of Harmony,” “Reich on Tape: The Performance of Violin Phase,” “Wanted Dead and Alive: Historical Performance Practice and Electro-Acoustic Music from Abbey Road to IRCAM,” and a Spanish translation of his Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries Vol. 6. Western Music in Context: A Norton History. At Tufts and Stony Brook, he has supervised nearly two dozen MA Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations.  View his faculty profile.