School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Patricia Hall

Professor of Music


Patricia Hall (PhD ’89, Yale University) taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for 25 years before coming to the University of Michigan as 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 – and Berg’s Wozzeck (Oxford University Press, 2011). She is co-editor with Friedemann Sallis of A Handbook to Twentieth-Century Musical Sketches (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and the general editor of The Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Hall’s 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 Fellowships for study in Vienna, and a grant from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

Hall has given papers at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and Society for Music Theory, at the Wiener Festwochen, and at the Colburn School, among other venues.

She founded the online journal Music & Politics and was editor from 2007 to 2017.  Hall was recently elected President of the Society for Music Theory and began her term in November 2019.

As a result of her research on manuscripts at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Hall was interviewed by NPR and CBC, among others. An Associated Press article describing her research appeared in 1100 news outlets in 22 countries, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Hall was recently elected president of the Society for Music Theory.  Her term as president will begin in November 2019.  Prior to taking office, she will serve as president-elect.


Bio last updated December 2022