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Samuel Breene

Nazarian Center (NC) 223
(401) 456-9520

​Academic Background

B.M. in Music History and Violin Performance, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Advanced Performance Studies (violin), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

A.M. in Performance Practice (baroque violin), Duke University

Ph.D. in Musicology, Duke University

Courses Taught

PFA 461 Senior Seminar in the Performing Arts
MUS 205-206 Music History and Literature I & II
MUS 221 The Symphony
MUS 222 Opera
MUS 311 Music of the Baroque
MUS 312 Music of the Classical Era
MUS 313 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 314 Twentieth-Century Music
MUS 360/560 Senior/Graduate Seminars in Music History and Literature:
Rise of the Virtuoso
Tradition and Innovation in American Folk Music

Current Responsibilities

Head of Music History and Literature
Director of the RIC Early Music Ensemble
Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music
Member of the Proteus String Quartet and the RIC Symphony Orchestra
Chair of the Department Honors Committee
Department Liaison for the Early Enrollment Program, College Honors Program, and Technology


Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
Baroque and Classical Performance Practice
Subjectivity in Music: Historical and Cultural Contexts
American Fiddling

Research and Professional Activities

Feeling for Sound: Mozart’s Violin Sonatas and the Subjectivities of Performance Practice [book manuscript]

Conference papers at the Second International Conference on Music and Gesture (Royal Northern College of Music), Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (University of London), Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies (Indiana University), and national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Preconcert Lecturer and Program Annotator, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra

Orchestral Violinist with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Opera Company of North Carolina, and other ensembles

Active recitalist and chamber player with performances throughout the United States and abroad

Awards/Special Recognitions

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania ​​

Page last updated: February 01, 2017