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Donna M. Di Grazia

Donna M. Di Grazia

Donna M. Di Grazia

David J. Baldwin Professor of Music and Choral Conductor
Thatcher 211
(909) 607-2452, EmailDonna M. Di Grazia
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Donna M. Di Grazia holds the David J. Baldwin Professorship in Music and is a past recipient of the College’s Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A northern California native, she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis, where she studied choral conducting with Albert McNeil and musicology with D. Kern Holoman. She received her Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University, St. Louis, where she completed her dissertation on nineteenth-century Parisian concert societies and their choral repertoires; she studied there with Hugh Macdonald, Michael Beckerman, and Craig Monson.

As a conductor, she has been associated with numerous university and professional choruses, and has assisted various internationally known conductors including Albert McNeil, Martin Neary, and Thomas Peck.  She is also an active choral musician, having sung for nine years with the Grammy© award-nominated St. Louis Symphony Chorus and its more select Chamber Chorus, where she sang under such internationally acclaimed conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Robert Shaw, and Helmut Rilling. She has appeared in choral performances with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and, more recently, with the Los Angeles-based professional choir, the Millennium Consort Singers.

book coverIn addition to her conducting work, she is an active musicologist and published scholar, and her research in the areas of nineteenth-century music and early seventeenth-century English sacred music has received support from numerous sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her articles and reviews have appeared in various publications of national and international standing, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Nineteenth-Century Music, Music and Letters, Early Music, Dictionnaire de la musique en France au XIX siècle, and NOTES. Her book, Nineteenth-Century Choral Music, for which she was the volume editor and a contributing author, was published in 2013 by Routledge.

Professor Di Grazia teaches courses in music history for majors and non majors (including Music 58/158, 120a, and 120b), as well as independent studies in specialized topics in choral conducting, choral literature, and historical musicology. She is the principal conductor of the Pomona College Choir (Music 31) and the Pomona College Glee Club (Music 32).

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