Dr. Harry Elzinga
Professor Emeritus of Music
Harry Elzinga was Professor of Music at Baylor University for the better part of two decades, from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. From 1993 to 2003, he served concurrently as Director of Graduate Studies.
Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, he was a member of the musicology faculty and Director of the Collegium Musicum at West Virginia University from 1967 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1985. He taught music history courses and seminars in undergraduate and graduate programs at both universities. While at Baylor, he mentored about two dozen master's theses and served on the committees of more than two hundred master's degree students.
Dr. Elzinga's primary research areas are Franco-Flemish music of the 16th century, choral music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and Fin-de-Siècle Vienna. Among his publications are Jean Richafort, Opera Omnia (Vol. I: Masses; Vol. II: Motets; Vol. III: Magnificats and Chansons; Vol. IV: Tres Missae super "Quem dicunt homines") in Corpus mensurabilis musicae, the American Institute of Musicology's collected print edition of most of the sacred and secular vocal music of the late medieval and Renaissance period in western music history, with an emphasis on the central Franco-Flemish and Italian repertories.
His published articles and reviews have appeared in Tijdschrift van de Vereiniging voor Nederlandse Muziek Geschiedenis, Notes (the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association), Biographical Dictionary of Russian Composers, and Symphony Orchestra of the United States. He also wrote the entry on Jean Richafort in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.
Currently, Harry Elzinga is compiling an analytical catalogue of polyphonic settings for the four principal Marian antiphons ("Alma redemptoris mater," "Ave regina coelorum," "Regina coeli," and "Salve regina") from about 1420 to about 1620. On the performance stage, he was director of the West Virginia University Collegium Musicum, which presented ten to twenty concerts annually for fifteen years. He filmed four television programs for PBS, recorded selected works by Josquin Desprez on the Spectrum label (1979), and toured in various European countries during three summers. At Baylor, he was harpsichordist in the Baroque Chamber Players for ten years.
Dr. Elzinga is the recipient of Outstanding Teacher Awards at both West Virginia University and Baylor University.
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