Mark A. Pottinger, PHD

Mark A. Pottinger, PHD

Associate Professor

Department : Visual and Performing Arts

Email : mark.pottinger@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7372

Office : HAY 106B

Education

PHD, CUNY: The Graduate Center
MMUS, University of Leeds
MPHIL, CUNY: The Graduate Center
BA, Washington University

About

Dr. Pottinger currently serves as Department Chair.

Research

Opera Studies, 19th-Century Musical Aesthetics, French grand opéra, Hector Berlioz, and Romantic Sciences. 

Current Research focuses on nineteenth-century natural sciences and their relationship to notions of the supernatural as found in early Romantic opera in France, Germany, and Italy.Research will culminate into a full-length book entitled Romantic Science: Nineteenth-Century Opera in the Age of Becoming due for completion in 2015.

Publications & Professional Activities

Forthcoming 2014:  “French Music Criticism in the Nineteenth Century, 1789-1870,” The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, Ed. Christopher Dingle (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Forthcoming 2014:  “Wagner in Exile: Paris, Halévy and The Queen,” Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press) 

May 2013:  Book Review for Music & Letters, vol. xciv, no. 1 (February 2013), pp. 170-172, of Blackness in Opera, Eds. Naomi André, Karen M. Bryan, and Eric Saylor (Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012)

Dec. 2012:  “Black Robe, White Collar: Achieving Tenure at a Catholic Liberal Arts College in New York City,” Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities, Eds. Dwayne Mack, Michelle Camacho, and Elwood Watson (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2012), pp. 17-26

Oct. 2012:  "Revolution and the Art of History in France: Daniel Auber’s Gustave III, ou, le bal masqué,” Studia Musicologica, vol. 52, 2011, pp. 393-418

July 2009:  Book Review for Nineteenth-Century Music Review, vol. 6 (July 2009), no. 1, pp. 97-100, of Mark Everist, Giacomo Meyerbeer and Music Drama in Nineteenth-Century Paris (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)

May 2009:  The Staging of History in France: The Characterization of Historical Figures in French Grand Opéra during the Reign of Louis-Philippe (Berlin: DM Verlag, 2009)

August 2008:  Book Review for Music & Letters, vol. lxxxix, no. 3 (August 2008), pp. 434-435, of Jean de Nivelle: Dossier de presse parisenne (1880), Eds. Pauline Girard and Bérengère de l’Epine, ‘Critiques de l’opéra français du XIXème siècle’, vol. xviii (Weinsberg: Musik-Edition Lucie Galland, 2006)

Nov. 2007:  Book Review for Music & Letters, vol. lxxxviii, no. 4 (November 2007), pp. 680-682, of La Reine de Chypre: Dossier de presse parisenne (1841), Ed. Anne-Sophie Métérie, ‘Critiques de l’opéra français du XIXème siècle’, vol. xvi (Weinsberg: Musik-Edition Lucie Galland, 2007)

May 2007:  “The Breslau Concert Tour of 1846: Provincial German Insights into Berlioz’s Music and Aesthetic,” The Musical Voyager: Berlioz in Europe, Eds. David Charlton and Katharine Ellis (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 80-94. 

April 2007:  “Requiem and the Promise of Hope,” Program Notes for the Requiems of Mozart, Rutter, Duruflé, and the Bach B-minor Mass, Marble Collegiate Church, New York, New York

Jan. 2006:  Textbook Editor for A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals by William Duckworth (New York: Schirmer Books, 2006)

March 2005:  “The Gothic in Berlioz’s La nonne sanglante and the Grand traité d’instrumenation,” Hector Berlioz. Miscellaneous Studies, Eds. Fulvia Morabito and Michela Niccolai (Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2005), pp. 121-161

Aug. 1998:  Discography compiled for Anthology of Renaissance Music by Allan W. Atlas (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998)

Select Conference Papers:

Nov. 2013    Chair and Respondent to Paper Session, “Opera and Voice in Nineteenth-Century France,” American Musicological Society (AMS) Annual National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

June 2012:  “Romantic Science: Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable and the ‘magnetic storm’ in France,” 17th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

June 2012    Chair and Respondent to Select Papers, “Opera as Spectacle,” International Symposium on Italian and French Nineteenth-Century Opera, University of London, London, England

Oct. 2010:  “Revolution and the Art of History: Daniel Auber’s Gustave III (1833),” International Musicological Conference, “Opera and Nation,” Budapest, Hungary

July 2010:  “Wagner, Halévy, and The Queen,” 16th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Southampton, Southampton, England

June 2008:  “Music History, Study Abroad, and the Connections They Create for the Classroom,” presented at the College Music Society Conference on Music History and Pedagogy, The Juilliard School, New York, New York

Aug. 2005:  “The Revolution of History in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France: Daniel Auber’s Gustave III (1833),” presented at the Third International Symposium on the Humanities, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

July 2004  “The Staging of History in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France: Auber’s Gustave III (1833),” presented at an international music symposium, “Music in France, 1830-1945,” University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Nov. 2003:  “French Grand Opéra Scholarship—Past and Present,” presented at a music symposium, “La Juive, or, French Grand Opéra Revisited,” The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York

June 2003:  Response to Dr. Robert Kroes (University of Amsterdam), "Rap in Europe," presented at the SSRC-National Mellon Minority Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nov. 2002:  “The Breslau Concert Tour of 1846: Local Insights into Berlioz’s Music and Aesthetic,” presented at the Comité International Hector Berlioz 2002 Conference, “Interpreting Berlioz,” The Royal College of Music and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Special Lectures/Invited Talks:

Spring 2013:  “Art Allows Us to See,” Keynote Speaker, 25th Annual Art Expo, LaSalle Academy, New York, New York

January 2013:  “Perspectives on Tenure and Promotion,” Panel Discussion, Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Conference, Postdoctoral Fellows Retreat, San Diego, California

Fall 2012:  “Find your Passion,” Keynote Speaker, New Student Convocation, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring 2010:  “Rameau and Rebellion,” Post-concert lecture for Underworld Opera Ensemble’s performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion (1748) at Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, New York, New York

Fall 2009:  "Service to the Field and Professionalization: Writing Abstracts and Book Reviews,” Special Lecture/Seminar (Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Conference), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Fall 2009:  “Adjunct-‘ing’ and the World of Teaching Assistants: Pedagogical Tools to Help in the Classroom,” Special Lecture/Seminar (Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Conference), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Spring 2009:  “American Music in Paris: The Jazz Years, 1917-1930,” Special Lecture (Department of Modern Languages), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Fall 2007:  “The Theory and Practice of Musicology,” Special Lecture (Department of History: “Introduction to History”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring 2007:  “Diversity, the Academy, and the AMS: One Scholar’s Journey,” Special Lecture (Diversity Committee of the Music Programs at CUNY, Spring Symposium), The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York

Fall 2006:  “The Theory and Practice of Musicology,” Special Lecture (Department of History: “Introduction to History”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring 2006:  “French Grand Opera and the Art of History,” Special Lecture (Som Graduate Colloquium Lecture), University of Kentucky, School of Music, Lexington, Kentucky

Spring 2006:  “Music and the Nature of Aesthetics,” Special Lecture (Honors Enrichment Program Seminar), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring 2006:  “The Academic Road Ahead,” Special Lecture (Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Honors Seminar), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Fall 2005:  “The Theory and Practice of Musicology,” Special Lecture (Department of History: “Introduction to History”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring 2005:  “Berlioz and the Gothic Sublime in the Incomplete Opera La nonne sanglante,” Special Faculty Lecture (The Dante Seminar), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Fall 2004:   “The Theory and Practice of Musicology,” Special Lecture (Department of History: “Introduction to History”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Spring/Fall 2004:  “Black Essentialism and African-American Spirituals in James H. Cone’s Spirituals and the Blues,” Special Lecture (Department of Religious Studies: “God and Evil”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Fall 2003:  “Music between the World Wars,” Special Lecture (Department of Fine Arts: “Art between the World Wars”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

Honors & Awards

  • Summer 2012 - Scholar-in-Residence at La Casa Zia Lina, Elba, Italy, awarded by the Dr. Robert and Lina-Thyll Dürr Foundation, Stansstad, Switzertland 
  • Spring 2010 - Elected into the Pen & Sword Honors Society, Manhattan College
  • Spring 2006 - Elected into the Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in Education
  • Spring 1993-1995 - Andrew W. Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Professional Memberships

The College Art Association (CAA)
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
The College Music Society (CMS)
American Musicological Society (AMS)

Grants

  • Summer 2014 - Manhattan College Summer Research Grant
  • Winter 2003 - CUNY Doctoral Students in Music Dissertation Research Travel Grant
  • Fall 2001 - Finalist in the Institute of International Education (IIE), US Student Fulbright Program to France
  • Summer 2001 - Woodrow Wilson Research Grant for Dissertation Reserach

Courses Taught/Teaching

MUSC 150 Roots:Music

MUSC 305 Music in France: History, Politics & Identity

MUSC 323 Music and Romanticism

MUSC 325 Modern Music & The Avant-Garde

MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Hermeneutics of Heavy Metal

MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Advanced Music Theory

 

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