Kyle Gann

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Kyle Gannphp

Taylor Hawver and Frances Bortle Hawver Professor of Music
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Bard Conservatory of Music, Bard Conservatory of Music: Graduate Choral Conducting, Bard Conservatory of Music: Graduate Orchestral Conducting, Music

Academic Expertise: Music

Area of Specialization: Late 20th-century classical and experimental music


B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.Mus., D.Mus., Northwestern University. Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant (1996); Peabody Award (2003); American Music Center Letter of Distinction (2003). Music critic for the Village Voice, 1986–2005. Taught at Bucknell University, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Brooklyn College, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Books include The Arithmetic of Listening: Tuning Theory and History for the Impractical Musician (2018); Charles Ives’s Concord: Essays after a Sonata (2017); Robert Ashley (2012); No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” (2010); Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice (2006); American Music in the 20th Century (1997); The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (1995); and, as coeditor, The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music (2013). Vice president of the Charles Ives Society. Music on the Other Minds, New World, New Albion, Mode, Cold Blue, Lovely Music, and other record labels. At Bard since 1997.


  • Research Interests: microtonality and historical tunings; American music after 1980; experimental music; minimalism
  • Teaching Interests: 19th-century music; 18th-century instrumental music; Renaissance counterpoint
  • Other Interests: 18th-century instrumental music; 19th-century music; medieval music


Phone: 845-758-7251
Department: Conductors Institute
Office: Old Blum 211