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Cathy Ann Elias

  • Professor
  • Musicianship
  • Musicology​

  • 773-325-1297
BA State University of New York - Stony Brook, performance
MA State University of New York - Binghamton, music theory and performance
MA University of Chicago, library science
PhD University of Chicago, musicology 

Courses Taught
Musicianship (Early Music)
Music Research
Popular Brazilian Music
History of Italian Popular Music
The Beatles
Graduate Research
Graduate Baroque Music
Graduate Medieval Music
Graduate Renaissance Music

Cathy Ann Elias began her serious musical studies at the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School, and received her undergraduate degree in performance (viola) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

She received a Master of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton in Music Theory focusing on Bartok, Schoenberg, and Kandinsky. She also holds a Master of Arts in Library Science and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Chicago.

Her current research focuses on two areas: compositional process in 16th- century Franco-Flemish composers' masses, and performance practice based on Medieval and Renaissance Italian literary sources. She has published in journals such as Early Music: Musical Performance in 16th-century Italian literature: Straparola's Le piacevoli notti. Other publications include chapters in books: "Mid-Sixteenth-Century Chanson Masses, A Kaleidoscopic Process" in Early Musical Borrowings, "Sercambi's Novelliere and Croniche as Evidence for Musical Entertainment in the Fourteenth Century" in the The Italian Novella, "Music on the Run in the Italian Novella: Plagues, Devotional Movements, and Intimate Gatherings Away from Home" in Ingrid Brainard Gedenkschrift, "A New Look at Cantus Firmus Process in Crecquillons Missa Kein adler in der Welt so schn" in Uno gentile et subtile ingenio. Studies in Renaissance Music in Honour of Bonnie J. Blackburn, and "Claudio Baglioni, The Apollo of Musica Leggera" in Musica pop e testi in Italia dal 1960 a oggi .

Cathy Ann also has a special interest in popular music and works in the area.