Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Associate Professor of History

Office: 312 McComsey
Phone: (717) 871-7188

Office Hours

M: 2:45 to 3:45 pm
T: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm; 2:45 to 3:15 pm
R: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm; 2:45 to 3:15 pm
Comments: & by appointment. Office Hours for Spring 2018.

Additional Information


  • HIST 101: Europe and the World, 1350-1789
  • HIST 223: Traditional Germany (to 1806)
  • HIST 224: Modern Germany (from 1806)
  • HIST 320: Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIST 453: Colonial Pennsylvania German Society
  • HIST 505: Readings in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 611: Social History of Music in Europe 

  • Education and research interests

    I received an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University, in 1993 and 1997, and a B.A. in history and music from Mount Holyoke College, in 1987. My main research interests are the social history of music, especially of the Baroque era; the social history of religion in early modern Germany; and colonial Pennsylvania German history.



    Baroque Piety:  Religion, Society, and Music in Leipzig, 1650-1750 (Ashgate, 2007). 


    Music and Urban Life in Baroque Germany (forthcoming).



    “The Leipzig Audience of the St. Matthew Passion in the First Half of the Eighteenth

    Century,” in Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen and Patrice Veit, eds, De la composition

    liturgique au monument culturel:  La Passion selon saint Matthieu de Johann Sebastian Bach, 18e – 20e siecles (forthcoming, 2015).

    “The Musician’s Household,” in Robin Leaver, ed., The Ashgate Companion to Bach

                (forthcoming, Ashgate, 2015).

    “Pietists and Music,” in Douglas Shantz, ed., A Companion to German Pietism (Brill,


    “The Use of Space and Movement in Musical Performance during the Baroque Era,” in

    Karin Friedrich, ed, Die Erschliessung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellungvon Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter (Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung) (Harrassowitz, 2014).

    “The Church, the Street, the Tower, and the Home as Sites of Religious Music-Making in

    Urban Baroque Germany,” in Bruno Blonde and Meeus Hubert, eds, Music and

    the City. Perspectives on Musical Cultures and Urban Societies in the Southern Netherlands and Beyond, c. 1650-1800 (Leuven University Press, 2013).

    “Early Brethren Hymn-Singing Practices in Context,” Brethren Life and Thought, June


    “Town Musicians in German Baroque Society and Culture,” German History, special

    issue on music and history, ed. Celia Applegate, Fall 2012.

    “The Reception of the Cantata during Leipzig Church Services, 1700-1750,” in Carol Baron, ed., Bach’s Changing World:  Voices in the Community (University of Rochester Press, 2006) – a reprint of the 2002 Early Music article.

    “Changing Times, Changing Music: ‘New Church’ Music and Musicians in Leipzig, 1700-1750,” in Bill Weber, ed., Musicians as Entrepreneurs and Opportunists, 1600-1900, (Indiana University Press, 2004).

    “Bach Family” and “Leipzig,” in Jonathan Dewald et. al., eds, Europe 1450-1789:  Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004).

    “The Reception of the Cantata during Leipzig Church Services, 1700-1750,” Early Music, February 2002.

    “Career Paths of Clerics in Early Modern Leipzig,” Zeitsprünge:  Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit, 2000.

    “The Rise of the Poor, Weak, and Wicked:  Poor Care, Punishment, Religion, and Patriarchy in 18th Century Leipzig,” Journal of Social History, Fall 2000.

    “Piety Confronts Politics:  Philipp Jacob Spener in Dresden, 1686-1691,” German History, Spring 1998.

    “Laien und die Leipziger religiöse Öffentlichkeit 1685-1725” (“Lay Groups and the Religious Public in Leipzig, 1685-1725”), Arbeitsbericht des Stadtarchivs Leipzig, Spring 1996.           



    National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, academic year 2012-13, toward the

                completion of Music and Urban Life in Baroque Germany.

    Summer Faculty Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of

                Pennsylvania, Summer 2010.


    Scheide Prize, American Bach Society, for Baroque Piety:  Religion, Society, and Music in Leipzig, 1650-1750, May 2008.

    Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, academic year 2007-08.

    Scheide Research Award, American Bach Society, 2003-04.

    Updated March 2015.