Prior to joining the music faculty at the University of Toledo in fall 2010, musicologist Christopher Alan Williams earned his MA and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he wrote a dissertation exploring the influence of Gustav Mahler on the music of Arnold Schoenberg. He holds a BA from Yale University.
Christopher has written, lectured, and presented extensively on topics ranging from the Austrian Fin-de-siècle to German art song to the problems of teaching 20th-century music, and in 2009 presented two papers at the national conference of the American Musicological Society: on questions of modernism in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and the interdependence of literary and structural elements in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s 1965 opera Die Soldaten. His teaching and research interests embrace cultural and historical aspects of modernism in all its aspects, connections between literature and music, nineteenth-century opera, Russian music, and American musical theater. Since 2009, he has also been the Visiting Fellow of the Center for Popular Cultural Studies at Bowling Green State University, which has enabled him to develop his interest in Indian film music of the 1948-1965 era.