Anna H Celenza


Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music


Department of Performing Arts
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Anna Harwell Celenza is the author of several scholarly books - the most recent being Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005). Her work has also appeared in The Hopkins Review, Music & Politics, Musical Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Music, Notes, The Cambridge Companion to Liszt (2005), and Franz Liszt and His World (2006). In addition to her scholarly work, she has authored a series of award-winning children's books with Charlesbridge Publishing: The Farewell Symphony (2000), Pictures at an Exhibition (2003), The Heroic Symphony (2004), Bach's Goldberg Variations (2005), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (2006), Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite (2011) and a 14-part syndicated series on Louis Armstrong for the NC Press Foundation. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including NPR's "Todd Mundt Show", BBC's "Music Matters" and "Proms Broadcasts", and C-Span's "Book-TV". Before coming to Georgetown, she served as a writer and guest commentator for Michigan Public Radio (WKAR) and NPR's "Performance Today."


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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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