Assistant Professor of Music History



Dr. Angela Mace Christian is assistant professor of music history in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. She is active on campus as an elected member of the Faculty Council and the Executive Committee as a representative from the College of Liberal Arts, and as the faculty advisor for Delta Omicron Upsilon.

Christian offers courses ranging from music appreciation to Women in Music and graduate topic seminars. She innovates to bring hands-on, personalized interaction to her classrooms by constructing team problem-solving assignments in the classroom and by establishing connections with faculty members across departments; one favorite tradition is the yearly “Rite of Spring” day when her undergraduate music history students head to the dance studio to learn the original choreography to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the head of CSU Dance, Jane Slusarski-Harris. Christian engages with her students as individuals even in large classroom settings. She works with them not only on the content of her courses, but also mentors them to achieve their goals in writing, personal presentation, and professional development. Christian is dedicated to creating a safe environment for exploration and learning in her classrooms and promotes critical thinking, personal responsibility, and socially just behaviors.

Christian’s research focuses on women and society in the long nineteenth century, with special emphasis on Mendelssohn and Hensel and their circle, nineteenth-century piano music, chamber music, and Lieder. In addition to working on a new monograph, Christian has written a new full biography of Fanny Hensel for Grove Music Online and is writing a bibliography of Hensel resources for Oxford Bibliographies Online. She recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to co-edit Rethinking Mendelssohn with Benedict Taylor (University of Edinburgh). Christian revised and enlarged J. Michael Cooper's Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Research and Information Guide for Routledge Press in 2011. Christian is co-editor with Nicole Grimes of Mendelssohn Perspectives for Ashgate Press (2012). She has also published several single-author and co-authored articles, as well as book and score reviews for Nineteenth-Century Music Review and Notes. Christian's research and conference travel has been supported by endowed fellowships and grants at Duke University and Colorado State University and by a full research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to Berlin, Germany 2010-2011.

Christian has presented her research in English and German at conferences in the United States of America, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Ireland, and Italy. She has presented at the Annual Conference of the American Musicological Society (both national and regional), the Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, the German Studies Association, the North American British Music Studies Association, and the Mendelssohn-Kongress (Mendelssohn-Gesellschaft Berlin), as well as specialty topic conferences. She was the secretary/treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society 2014-2015, and the co-host of the annual regional meeting that was held at CSU in March 2015.

Christian received her Ph.D. in music from Duke University in 2013, where she also received her Master of Arts in 2008. Her dissertation was titled "Fanny Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and the Formation of the Mendelssohnian Style." Christian holds a B.Mus. in piano performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude, 2006).


  • MU231: Women in Music

  • MU335: Music History II (1750-present)

  • MU532: Music of the Baroque Era

  • MU533: Music of the Classical Era

  • MU534: Music of the Romantic Era