Carol Hess - musicologist

Carol Hess serves as Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis, where, in 1994, she became the first person to graduate with a PhD in musicology from that institution’s Music Department.

Dr. Hess has published books and articles on the music of Spain and the Americas. Her work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the New York Public Library, among other entities. She received the Society for American Music’s Irving Lowens Article Award, and her book Manuel de Falla and Modernism in Spain, 1898-1936 (University of Chicago Press, 2001) won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Iberian Music, in addition to other prizes.

In 2004, she published Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla (Oxford University Press). Her most recent book, Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013), explores the reception of Latin American concert music in the United States. Her next book, Aaron Copland in Latin America: A Composer’s Diary, will be published by Indiana University Press. Twice a Fulbright Lecturer, she has taught in Spain and Argentina.

Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 2012, she served on the faculties of Bowling Green State University for eleven years and at Michigan State University for six years.