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Jim Lovensheimer

Associate Professor of Musicology

Jim Lovensheimer came to the Blair School of Music in the fall of 2002 on a one-year appointment, and it has turned out to be a very long and wonderful year.

He is currently Associate Professor of Musicology and the chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, as well as the Faculty Director of Moore College, which is part of Vanderbilt University’s new College Halls that opened in August 2014.

Lovensheimer attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for four years and later received a Bachelor of Music from the University Of Tennessee-Knoxville, summa cum laude. He earned a Master of Music degree and a Ph. D. at The Ohio State University, where he won several graduate student teaching and service awards.

Highly regarded as a scholar on postwar American musical theater, Lovensheimer is the author of South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten, which launched Oxford University Press’s Broadway Legacies Series, and he is currently writing a critical study of Oscar Hammerstein II for the same series. He has also written a critical chapter for The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical and a chapter on Stephen Sondheim for The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, which is now preparing for a third edition. Lovensheimer provided numerous entries for the latest edition of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music as well as entries for The Encyclopedia of African American Music and The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. He has reviewed for The Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Journal of the Society for American Music and Studies in Musical Theatre, among other publications. He has also read papers at various national conferences and colloquia and has been a guest faculty member at the University of Alabama, the University of Florida and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

At Vanderbilt, Lovensheimer has been awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the Chancellor’s Cup for contributions outside the classroom to student-faculty relations, the Heard Award for Professor of the Year and the Blair Wilson Award for Teaching Excellence, among other acknowledgements. He was especially honored to have been asked to give the opening lecture in the Chancellor’s Lecture Series in 2011. His topic was “Why Musicals Matter,” a cultural and historical contextualization of the genre. A popular presenter, Lovensheimer has introduced numerous concerts on Blair’s Nightcap series, has presented papers at various Vanderbilt functions and symposia, and is in demand as an author of CD booklet notes.