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Douglas Shadle

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Douglas Shadle joined the Blair School of Music as Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shadle’s first book, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (Oxford University Press, 2016), explores the volatile relationships between composers, performers, critics, and audiences in the United States from the Jacksonian Era through the Gilded Age. As the first comprehensive study of its kind, his book has been cited or reviewed in numerous popular press venues, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, First Things, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Symphony Magazine and PostClassic, and his research has been featured on WUOL Classical 90.5 in Louisville, Ky. The American Musicological Society awarded Orchestrating the Nation an AMS PAYS 75 publication subvention in 2015.

Shadle’s shorter writings include articles, essays, and reviews appearing in American Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, the Journal of Musicological Research, MLA Notes, the Russian Review, Messiaen the Theologian (Ashgate, 2010), Common-place, Q2 Music, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, and a peer-reviewed digital humanities project called Verses and Fragments: The James L. Dusenbery Journal (1841–1842). His article "How Santa Claus Became a Slave Driver: The Work of Print Culture in a Nineteenth-Century Controversy" won the 2016 Society for American Music Irving Lowens Article Award and a 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award.

Shadle is currently preparing a short monograph on Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony for the Oxford Keynotes series of Oxford University Press. His other current projects include an edited collection of critic Andrew Patner's writings and broadcasts on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (University of Chicago Press), a chapter on early American symphonists for the final volume of A. Peter Brown’s The Symphonic Repertoire (Indiana University Press), an entry on "The Orchestra" for Oxford Bibliographies Online, and an article on composer Florence Price's confrontations with racism and sexism in the American classical music industry. He was awarded a Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Grant in 2016 to examine Price's recently discovered music manuscripts, now held at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Shadle is a member of the American Musicological Society Council (2016–19), the editorial board of American Music, and the Society for American Music’s Program Committee (2017) Committee on Committee Governance (2017–19). He has served previously on the Society for American Music’s Education Committee (2013–16) and Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee (2010–13). At Vanderbilt, he sits on the advisory board of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning.