Collegiate Affiliation

Associate Professor: Musicology

Gabriela Currie received her B.A. in musicology from the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest, Romania and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Prior to her arrival at the University of Minnesota, she taught at the Eastman School of Music, New York University, and Cooper Union.

Her research interests and publications concern medieval music theory, the intersection between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras, music iconography in pre-modern Eurasia, and travel accounts as early ethnographies of Byzantine, Balkan, and Ottoman musical traditions. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association for University Women, and the Belgian-American Foundation.

Currie has presented at numerous national and international academic conferences such as American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, Medieval Academy of America, History of Science Society, as well as the International Council for Traditional Music. She is the author of The Play of Meanings: Aribo's De musica and the Hermeneutics of Musical Thought, published in 2005, and of articles on subjects ranging from medieval musical cosmology to Balkan and Eurasian music iconography that appeared in scholarly journals as well as edited collections. Current work includes several projects on the entanglement of musical thought, instruments, and practices in pre-modern Eurasia under the theoretical umbrella of intersections and intercultural exchanges in early globalities.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Music, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, 1997


  • Medieval music theory
  • Intersections between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras
  • Music iconography
  • Music and culture of the Balkan Penninsula, Western and Central Asia
  • Early ethnographic accounts of Eurasian musical traditions
  • Global perspectives: pre-modern music history