Dr Kelley A Harness

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Associate Professor: Musicology

Kelley Harness' recent scholarly work concentrates on the interrelationships between music, theatrical imagery, and politics in 16th- and 17th-century Italy. Her work relies on musical analysis to reveal a composition's allegorical messages and combines archival research and interpretive models from literary criticism, art history, and anthropology; her teaching reflects this interdisciplinary approach. Harness wants her students to master various tools in order to penetrate the expressive and intellectual layers of specific musical works. She is the author of Echoes of Women's Voices: Music, Art, and Female Patronage in Early Modern Florence (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), as well as numerous articles in journals and collections of essays. Her current research focuses on references to musical performance in 16th- and 17th-century Italian plays.

In 1994, she won the American Musicological Society's Paul A. Pisk Prize, and in 1991, she received a Fulbright Dissertation Grant for research in Italy. She is the recipient of publication subvention awards from the American Musicological Society and the Newberry Library.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • music and theater in Italian convents
  • 17th-century Italian opera
  • musical intermedi in 16th-century spoken plays
  • Handel operas
  • African and Latin American music
  • 16th- and 17th-century musical patronage
  • women and political legitimacy in early 17th-century Florence
  • political imagery in Renaissance arts
Courses Taught
  • Mus 3601W - History of Western Music I
  • Mus 8645 - Readings in Current Musicology
  • Mus 5950 - Topics in Music: Baroque Music in its Contexts
  • Mus 8640 - Seminar in Musicology: Patronage and Power
  • Mus 8640 - Seminar in Musicology: Music, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Mus 5950 - Topics in Music: Music of Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel
  • Mus 5950 - Topics in Music: Music of J. S. Bach
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Area Coordinator, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • School of Music Executive Committee, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, School of Music, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Women's Studies Department, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, Language, Literature and Arts Policy and Review Council, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, American Musicology Society Council: 2002 - 2005
  • Co-chair, Gay and Lesbian Study Group of the American Musicology Society: 2000 - 2002
  • Member, American Musicology Society: 1991 - present
  • Member, Renaissance Society of America: 2001 - present
  • Member, Society for Ethnomusicology: 1991 - 1999
  • Member, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music: 2001 - present


  • Music in Sixteenth-Century Italian Plays: Study of surviving Italian playbooks for evidence of musical performance, May 2004
  • “Music and Theater at the Convento di Santa Croce in Florence, 1500-1700“: Archival research in Florence, Italy. Funded research, $10,000, McKnight Summer Research Grant/University of Minnesota Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, May 1998 - September 1998


  • “La liberazione and its Context“: Pre-concert lecture for Ex Machina’s performance of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina, Hamline University, September 21, 1997
  • Lectures and seminars on music, art, and politics in 16th-century Florence: Invited presentations held in Montevideo, Uruguay, funded by the Partnership of the Americas, March 15, 2004 - March 31, 2004
  • Chaste Warriors and Virgin Martyrs in Florentine Musical Spectacle: Harness, Kelley, Gender, Sexuality, and Early Music, 2002.
  • Echoes of Women’s Voices: Female Patrons in Early Modern Florence. Harness, Kelley, University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming.
  • Habsburgs, Heretics, and Horses: Dramatic Combat Genres in Florence during the First Decade of the Thirty Years War: Harness, Kelley, I Tatti Studies: Essays in the Renaissance, forthcoming 2003.
  • “La Flora and the End of Female Rule in Tuscany“: Harness, Kelley, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 51 437-476, 1998.
  • “Le tre Euridici: Characterization and Allegory in the Euridici of Peri and Caccini“: Harness, Kelley, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, none.
  • American Musicological Society's Paul A. Pisk Prize, 1994
  • Indiana University Press award for a paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Chapter, American Musicology Society, 1993 - 1994
  • Fulbright Dissertation Grant, 1991 - 1992
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies, 1993 - 1994
  • McKnight Summer Research Grant, University of Minnesota, 1998
  • Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, September 2001 - May 2002