Kathryn Libin

Associate Professor of Music

Kathryn L. Libin specializes in music of the long eighteenth century, particularly Mozart and his contemporaries; music in the lives of Jane Austen and her circle; and the history and performance practice of early keyboard instruments. She currently directs a project to catalogue the historically significant music collection of the Lobkowicz Library at Nelahozeves castle, near Prague; containing over 6,000 pieces of music from the 17th through 19th centuries, the collection is particularly rich in performing manuscripts of opera and orchestral music. She is working on a biography of the 7th Prince Lobkowitz, Joseph Franz Maximilian, one of the foremost musical patrons in Vienna and Bohemia during the period of Haydn and Beethoven. She has served as President of the Mozart Society of America, and was Scholar-in-Residence for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Mozart Festival in 2017.

BM, Oberlin College; MA, PhD, New York University
At Vassar since 1992


Skinner Hall
Box 232

Research and Academic Interests

Music History


GERM/MUSI 232 Faust, Music, and Romanticism
MUSI 105 Music Theory I
MUSI 246 Music and Ideas I—Medieval and Renaissance Music in Global Context
MUSI 256 Vassar Music Treasures

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