Anna H Celenza


Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music


Department of Performing Arts
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Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in music history and radio journalism. She is the author/editor of several scholarly books, including Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005) and Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (2014). Her most recent book, Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra will appear shortly with Cambridge University Press. She has also published numerous articles on a range of composers, from Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Frank Sinatra.
In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for National Public Radio's Performance Today and published eight award-winning children's books, including Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC’s “Music Matters” and “Proms Broadcasts,” and C-Span’s “Book-TV”.


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  • PhD (1996) Duke University, Musicology
  • MA (1992) Duke University, Musicology
  • BA (1989) UNC-Greensboro, Music History & Art History


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