John Pippen

Contact Information


Office: UCA 303B

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor of Musicology

  • Music History

Department: Music


John Pippen is an ethnomusicologist teaching courses in music and culture at Colorado State University. His primary research has been an extended ethnographic study of the new music scene in Chicago. Blending approaches from labor studies and aesthetic theory, Dr. Pippen writes about struggle in the classical music scene in the United States. You can read about his recent research on New Music Box.

Dr. Pippen has presented his research at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, and College Music Society, among others. His dissertation combined ethnographic research with historical studies of virtuosity in a detailed examination of Eighth Blackbird. Prof. Robert Fink wrote a summary of his dissertation for New Music Box. He is currently preparing a chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Spectral Music, and has articles out for review.

Dr. Pippen is also an avid athlete, having raced the half-marathon, marathon, and triathlon.


Ph.D. Musicology