Joseph Auner

Joseph Auner

Contact Info:
Department of Music
Granoff Music Center, M172
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Dean Office:
Ballou Hall, 3rd Floor

Office: 617-627-3864

Class Office Hours:
Tue/Thu 12:15-1:15pm

Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, Dean of University College

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1991)
B.A., Colorado College (1981), Honorary Doctorate (2014)

Professor Auner has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musical Society and General Editor of Garland/Routledge Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a former Vice President of the American Musicological Society. Before coming to Tufts in 2006 he was Associate Provost at Stony Brook University.

Research Interests
Music and technology, sound studies, Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, turn of the century Paris and Vienna, and Weimar Berlin


  • Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries and Anthology of Music in the 20th- and 21st Centuries (Norton, 2013)
  • A Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg, ed. with Jennifer Shaw (Cambridge, 2010)
  • A Schoenberg Reader (Yale, 2003)
  • Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought, ed. with Judy Lochhead (Routledge, 2001)

Recent Publications

  • "The Stopped Clock: Tape Loops, Synthesizers, and the Transfiguration of Harmony." In Tonality 1950 to the Present: Concept and Practice. Eds. Felix W├Ârner, Ullrich Scheideler, and Philip Rupprecht (Steiner, 2017)
  • "Reich on Tape: The Performance of Violin Phase." Twentieth Century Music 14/ 1, (2017)
  • "Wanted Dead and Alive: Historical Performance Practice and Electro-Acoustic Music from Abbey Road to IRCAM," in Music in Print and Beyond: Hildegard von Bingen to The Beatles, eds. Monson and Marvin (Rochester 2013)
  • "Losing your Voice: Sampled Speech and Song from the Uncanny to the Unremarkable," in Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging in an Age of Ubiquitous Computing, ed. Ekman (MIT Press, 2012)