School of Music
Gwynne Kuhner Brown is a musicologist, pianist, and mbira player with a special passion for American concert music of the 20th century. Her doctoral dissertation on George Gershwin's masterpiece, Porgy and Bess, led her to an ongoing investigation of the African-American musicians who were Gershwin's inspiration and to studies of his contemporaries, including Eva Jessye and Hall Johnson. Brown is writing a book on the life and works of William Dawson: famed director of the Tuskegee Institute Choir, creator of widely admired arrangements of religious folk songs, and composer of the unjustly obscure Negro Folk Symphony. She has presented her scholarship at national meetings of the American Musicological Society and Society for American Music. Her writing has been published in the Journal for the Society of American Music and in Blackness in Opera (University of Illinois Press, 2012). Brown teaches music history, music theory, and world music.
B.M., University of Puget Sound, 1995; M.M., Indiana University, 1997; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2006