Assistant Professor of Music
Hailing originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Christopher Macklin joined the Townsend faculty in the Fall of 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Musicology and Music History. His doctoral research was conducted at the University of York (UK), where, under the supervision of long time Hilliard Ensemble tenor Dr. John Potter, he studied the use of music during the European plague epidemics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Other research interests include the relationship between speech and song in medieval lyric performance in Wales, the place of music in medieval and early modern intellectual culture, and music’s intersection with memory and cognitive neuroscience. Chris is also an active performer, singing bass in the numerous ensembles dedicated to the re-situation of the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as a contemporary art form, and to the exploration of repertoire from the fringes of the classical canon. Recent engagements include the performance of 12th century polyphony on “The One Show” broadcast on BBC1, the role of Tsar in the provincial British premiere of Kurt Weill’s “The Tsar has his Photograph Taken” with Viriditas Opera in New York, and a concert of Medieval and modern music with the ensemble ‘Causa Pulchritudinis’ at the sconfini Arts Festival in Modena, Italy.