Colleen Reardon

Colleen Reardon's research centers on musical culture in Siena from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities to pursue her work in Italian archives. She is a former President of the Society for Seventheenth-Century Music (2017–19).


European art music 1100-1830; opera; Jane Austen and music; nuns and music, Sondheim’s musicals; film music

Current Research Projects

Musical culture in Siena, 1550-1750

Selected Publications

A Sociable Moment: Opera and Festive Culture in Baroque Siena. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Holy Concord within Sacred Walls: Nuns and Music in Siena, 1575-1700. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Agostino Agazzari and Music at Siena Cathedral, 1597-1641. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

(Co-Editor) Music Observed: Studies in Memory of William C. Holmes. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 2004.

(Co-Editor) Music franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D’Accone. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1996.

Musicology; Core faculty, History and Theory of Music PhD
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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2030 Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)