Peter J Mercer-Taylor
Professor: Musicology and School of Music Director of Graduate Studies
Peter Mercer-Taylor, Professor of Musicology, earned his B.A. (1988) from Amherst College and his M.A. and Ph.D. (1995) from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously taught humanities and popular culture in the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University, joining the University of Minnesota faculty in 2001.
Mercer-Taylor's scholarship has been divided between the19th-century German classical tradition“”Felix Mendelssohn in particular“”and contemporary popular music, including the work of the Bangles, Elvis Costello, Bill Staines, and R.E.M. He has spoken at numerous conferences and symposia, and been interviewed on NPR and BBC Radio 2. Mercer-Taylor’s articles have appeared in a range of journals, including 19th-Century Music, Popular Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, Musical Quarterly, Music & Letters, and Journal of Musicology. He is the author of The Life of Mendelssohn (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mendelssohn (2004), and he is currently at work on a book on the impact of European classical music on 19th-century American hymnody.