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Tina Frühauf, Ph.D., is a musicologist, writer, and editor. Her scholarly work focuses on Jewish music, twentieth-century music, and historiography.
An active scholar and writer, the study of Jewish music in modernity has been Dr. Frühauf’s primary research focus for two decades, culminating in monographs from Orgel und Orgelmusik in deutsch-jüdischer Kultur (Georg Olms Verlag, 2005) to Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945–1989 (Oxford University Press, 2021). Among Dr. Frühauf’s recent editions is Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014, with Lily E. Hirsch) and the collection of essays, Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts (Boydell Press, 2020). Since 2011 she is the series editor of Synagogalmusik / Synagogal Music / Musique des Synagogue (Merseburger Verlag). A volume on Jewish music in southern Germany and the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Music were published in 2021 and 2023. Frühauf’s articles on a broad variety of topics have appeared in high-ranked journals, including Cambridge Opera Journal, Early Music, Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, The Musical Quarterly, and TDR: The Drama Review.
Frühauf’s current research focuses on Black-Jewish relations in the critical period of 1870 to 1930 as well as on the historiography of music scholarship and migration, examining the mass dislocation of peoples in the 20th century and the conditions of globalization, genocide, exile, and minority experience as well as musicology and coloniality.
Dr. Frühauf has won several noteworthy scholarships and awards for her work, including the Ruth A. Solie Award and the Jewish Studies and Music Award of the American Musicological Society. Her book Transcending Dystopia was a finalist of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. In the spring of 2023 Frühauf was a Senior Fellow at the German Historical Institute’s Pacific Office at the University of California, Berkeley.
Frühauf is Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in New York and serves on the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2019 she was a DAAD Guest Professor, sponsored by the German government, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2022 she became the fifth person person to lead Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) as Executive Director. In January 2023 she became the Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has served on various committees of the American Musicological Society and as Council Member, and is on the board of the Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin and the DAAD Alumni Association USA.