Patricia Hall

Professor of Music


Patricia Hall (Ph.D., Yale University, 1989) taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for 25 years before coming to the University of Michigan as Professor and Chair of the Department of Music Theory (2011-2017). Hall is the author of A View of Berg’s Lulu Through the Autograph Sources (University of California Press, 1997, winner of the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award), Berg’s Wozzeck (Oxford University Press, 2011), co-editor with Friedemann Sallis of A Handbook to Twentieth-Century Musical Sketches (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and general editor of The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, The Musical Quarterly, Music Theory Spectrum, The International Journal of Musicology, Computing in Musicology, and a number of edited volumes. She received two Fulbright Felllowships for study in Vienna, and a grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

She founded the online journal Music & Politics and was editor from 2007 to 2017. She served as the president of the Society for Music Theory from 2019 through 2021. As a result of her research on manuscripts at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Hall was interviewed on NPR, CBC, BBC and other venues. An Associated Press article describing her research appeared in 1100 news outlets in 22 countries, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

She is currently writing a monograph on music in political films.

Updated on: 8/9/2023