Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Dr. Tanya Kevorkian

Associate Professor of History

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

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). 

    The Musical Experience in German Baroque Towns (forthcoming).



     "Town Musicians in German Baroque Society and Culture," in German History, special issue on music and history, ed. Celia Applegate, Fall 2012.

    "Pietists and Music," in Douglas Shantz, ed., A Companion to German Pietism
    (forthcoming, Brill, 2013). 

    "The Use of Space in Musical Performance during the Baroque Era," in Andreas Holzem et.al., eds, Die Erschliessung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter.  Bericht über das 13. Jahrestreffen des Arbeitskreises für Barockforschung, Wolfenbüttel, August 2009 (forthcoming, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht, 2013).

    "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, Sounds of the City 18 (forthcoming, Brepols, 2013).

     "Early Brethren Hymn-Singing Practices in Context," in Brethren Life and Thought
     (forthcoming, 2013).

    "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, 2013).

    "The Musician's Household," in Robin Leaver, ed., The Ashgate Companion to Bach
    (forthcoming, Ashgate, 2014). 

    "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 The Musical Experience in German Baroque Towns.

    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.