Katherine Baber

Asst Professor, Sch of Music

Degrees: Ph.D. in Musicology, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; B.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Office: Music , Watchorn Hall

Office Hours: 9-10:30am T/Th and 11am-noon W

Phone: 909/748-8688 Campus Ext. 8688



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

Research interests include the music of Leonard Bernstein, American musical theater, topical theory and musical meaning, jazz historiography and reception and American musical modernism

Professional Background

Katherine Baber earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance and a Ph.D. in musicology from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is an active scholar of twentieth-century music and American musical culture. Her dissertation, Leonard Bernstein’s Jazz: Musical Topic and Cultural Resonance, explored the reception and meaning of Leonard Bernstein’s use of jazz and blues in works for the stage and concert hall. She is author of the Oxford Bibliography Online entry on Leonard Bernstein. Other publications and research include the interaction of African American music and Jewish identity, models of deliberation and democracy in the music of Charles Ives, the role of jazz and popular song in World War II propaganda, and field research on the commoditization of Chicago blues.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • MUS 233: American Music
  • MUS 300: Music History and Literature from Antiquity to 1750
  • MUS 301: Music History and Literature from 1750 to the Present
  • MUS 403/603: Baroque Music
  • MUS 404/604: Classic Music
  • MUS 405/605: Romantic Music
  • MUS 406/606: Twentieth-Century Music Literature
  • MUS 600: Graduate Studies in Scholarship and Analysis


B.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Ph.D. in Musicology, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Previous Teaching Experience

Visiting Lecturer, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Summer, 2008)

Professional Experience

Assistant Music Editor, Indiana University Press (2007-2009)


“Leonard Bernstein.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York:
Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Jazz, World War II Radio Propaganda, and the Case of Tokyo Rose”
The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations
, University of Goettingen, September 15, 2011

“Jazz and the Politics of Identity in Bernstein's New York Musicals”
Classic Broadway and Those Who Built It, Susan Porter Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, October 3, 2010

“Jazz as a Rhetoric of Conflict in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no. 2”
Society for American Music Conference, March 18, 2010

CD Review: Illumination, by Earth, Wind & Fire (Sanctuary: 2005). Black Grooves (July 7, 2006).

“Music and Identity in Mel Brooks#s The Producers.” Institute for Studies in American Music Newsletter 35/2 (Spring, 2006): 6-7.

Honors and Awards

Walter Kaufmann Prize, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • American Musicological Society
    AMS Pacific Southwest Chapter
  • Society for American Music

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Appleton Hall

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