Dr. Rachel Golden
Associate Professor of Musicology
Coordinator of Musicology
Rachel Golden is Associate Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at the University of Tennessee, where she is also Co-Chair of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Program. She earned the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She is the author of articles on both medieval and twentieth-century topics. Her research specialties include medieval music of the twelfth century, monastic devotion, songs of the Crusades, words-music relationships, and the cult of the Virgin Mary. In contemporary music, her research addresses opera and oratorio; intersections among music, drama, and text; multimedia and technology; gender, identity, and performativity.
Her work appears in The Journal of Musicology, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly, among others. She has been an American Council of Learned of Societies Fellow and an NEH Summer Scholar.
- Ph.D. in Musicology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000)
- M.F.A. in Musicology – Brandeis University (1996)
- B.A. in Mathematics – Cornell University (1992)
- "Across Divides: Aquitaine's New Song & London BL, Add. 36881," Chapter 3 of Manuscripts and Medieval Song: Inscription, Performance, Context, edited by Helen Deeming and Elizabeth Eva Leach. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
- "Polyphonies of Sound and Space: Motet, Montage, Voices of Light, and La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc." Musical Quarterly 9, no. 2, (Summer 2013): 296-330.
- "Chanson, French/Troubadour." In New Catholic Encyclopedia, Supplement 2011, ed. Robert Fastiggi, et. al., 164–167. Cengage Learning & The Catholic University of America Press, 2011.
- "Music and Pilgrimage." In Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Larissa Taylor, et. al., 463–468. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
- "Two Paths to Daniel's Mountain: Poetic-Musical Unity in Aquitanian Versus." Journal of Musicology 23, no. 4 (Fall 2006): 620–646.
- "Striking Ornaments: Complexities of Sense and Song in Aquitanian Versus." Music & Letters 84, no. 4 (November 2003): 527–556.
- "'As Were We Born Today': Characterization and Transformation in Samuel Barber's Vanessa." Opera Quarterly 17, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 235–249.