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Dr. Deborah Kauffman

Professor of Music

Music History and Literature

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After earning B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Illinois, Dr. Kauffman completed the D.M.A. degree in Early Music at Stanford University in 1994.

Her special areas of interest include French Baroque music, music in convents, and the musical repertory of the Maison de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr. She has presented her research as a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara (2002) and has read papers at the 11th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2010, and Manchester, UK, 2004), at national meetings of the American Musicological Society in Philadelphia (2009), Seattle (2004) and Kansas City (1999).

Dr. Kauffman serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Musicological Research and is a collaborator with French scholars Cécile Davy-Riguax and Nathalie Berton on Sequentia, an online data base of European Catholic liturgical chant from the 17th and 18th centuries (

Her publications include the following:

  1. Jean Racine’s Cantiques spirituels: Musical Settings by Moreau, Lalande, Marchand, Bousset, and Duhalle (under contract to A-R Editions);
    “Fauxbourdon in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: ‘Le secours d’une douce harmonie’” (Music and Letters, 2009);
    Violons en basse as Musical Allegory” (Journal of Musicology, 2006);
    Petits motets from the Maison royale de Saint-Louis at Saint-Cyr (A-R Editions, 2001);
    “Performance traditions and motet writing at the Convent School at Saint-Cyr” (Early Music, 2001);
    “The Practice of Portamento in Romantic Opera” (Performance Practice Review, 1992).