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Katherine Hagedorn

Katherine Hagedorn

Katherine Hagedorn

Professor of Music
Thatcher 108

Expertise Profile

 

Dr. Katherine Johanna Hagedorn passed away last November. She was Professor of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she taught seminars on the performance traditions of the African diaspora and Latin America, survey courses in "world music," and classes on ethnomusicological theory and method. Professor Hagedorn also directed Pomona's ethnomusicology program, which features a Balinese gamelan gong kebyar, a rotating ensemble-in-residence (Ghanaian drumming, Flamenco guitar, Afro-Cuban percussion, etc.), a concert and lecture series, and an interdisciplinary plan of study. Her research, carried out in Cuba and the United States, focused on Afro-Cuban religious and folkloric performance, with an emphasis on the central role of batá drumming. Dr. Hagedorn had published articles and review essays in World of Music, British Journal of Ethnomusicology, and Ethnomusicology. Her book, Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santería (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), won the Alan Merriam Prize for best ethnography in 2002. In 2000, she was the recipient of the prestigious California Professor of the Year award, sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.  In 2002, she was given a Wig Teaching Award, an honor bestowed by Pomona College. In 2005, Dr. Hagedorn was awarded a coveted Mellon New Directions Fellowship for her research project, "Toward a Theology of Sound." Trained as a classical pianist, Dr. Hagedorn performed West African, Afro-Cuban, and Indonesian percussive traditions since the late 1980s. She received a B.A. in Comparative Language and Literature from Tufts University, an M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. A former Associate Dean of the College, Dr. Hagedorn taught at Pomona College from 1993 to 2013. Read more