Dr. Alison DeSimone Appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alison DeSimone as Assistant Professor of Musicology.

Alison DeSimone specializes in music of the Baroque period, with a focus on seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century opera. She cultivates particular interest in the history of opera singers and singing practices of the early modern era, as well as the music of George Frideric Handel. In addition to her study of theatrical music in London, she is currently at work on projects concerning the early history of musical celebrity, the lives and careers of professional female singers in Baroque Italy, and musical patronage in late eighteenth-century Bohemia. She is also at work on two substantial book projects: the first, a co-edited essay collection on Music, Theatre, and the Benefit Concert in England, 1660-1800; and the second, a monograph on musico-theatrical miscellany and its effects on the creation of celebrity and cultural taste in early eighteenth-century London.

Dr. DeSimone holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. Her research has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, The Handel Institute of the United Kingdom, and The American Handel Society. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally, and her article on Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera Médée (winner of the Leland Fox Award from the National Opera Association) was published in The Opera Journal in 2011. In addition, she is a Research Associate at Nelahozeves Castle in the Czech Republic, where she is helping to catalogue the Lobkowicz family’s collection of musical prints and manuscripts from the turn of the nineteenth century.

As a harpsichordist, Dr. DeSimone holds particular interest in French and English keyboard repertories of the seventeenth century, as well as Handel’s keyboard music. She studied with Edward Parmentier at the University of Michigan, and has played with early music groups and musicians in Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, and Poughkeepsie, NY.

Dr. DeSimone has taught previously at the University of Michigan and Albion College, and she comes to UMKC from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor during the 2014–2015 academic year.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949