Mark Pottinger

Associate Professor, Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Pottinger founded the Visual & Performing Arts Department in 2004, serving as Department Chair from 2005 to 2016. 


  • Ph.D., Musicology: CUNY, The Graduate Center (2005)
  • M.Phil., Musicology: CUNY, The Graduate Center (2002)
  • M.Mus., Opera Studies: University of Leeds, England, UK (1996)
  • B.A. (cum laude): Washington University in St. Louis (1995)

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 150 Roots: Music
  • MUSC 305 Music in France: Paris and Versailles (Study Abroad)
  • MUSC 323 Music and Romanticism
  • MUSC 325 Modern Music and the Avant-Garde
  • MUSC 400 Spl Topic: Opera as Text
  • MUSC 400 Spl Topic: Opera, Religion, and Confinement
  • MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Hermeneutics of Heavy Metal
  • MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Advanced Music Theory
  • MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Education and the Non-Profit in New York City
  • MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Jazz, Hip Hop, and Black Social Justice
  • MUSC 410 Indep. Study: Women and Music of the 1960s 
  • Research
    • Phenomenology, Musicology, History of Science, Opera Studies, Nineteenth-Century France. 
    • Current Research focuses on nineteenth-century science and its 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 "Science and the Romantic Vision in Early Nineteenth-Century Opera."
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Forthcoming 2019: Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Music, Medical Science and the Body,” Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

    Forthcoming 2019:  “Lucia and the Sound of Disease,” Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Special Issue: “Music, Medical Science and the Body”

    Forthcoming 2019: Book Review for Music & Letters (Oxford University Press) of Grand Opera Outside Paris: Opera on the Move in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Ed. Jens Hesselager (London and New York: Routledge, 2018)

    Forthcoming 2019: “L’Ouest sauvage: The Music of the American Cowboy at the 1889 World’s Fair,” America in the French Imaginary: Music, Race, and Culture, 1815-1910, Eds. Diana Hallman and César Leal (London: Boydell & Brewer)

    Forthcoming 2018:  “French Music Criticism in the Nineteenth Century, 1789-1870,” The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, Ed. Christopher Dingle (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

    August 2017:  “Deep Listening: Selling and defining the experience of live music,” The Berlin Journal, American Academy in Berlin, online edition (

    December 2015:  “Wagner in Exile: Paris, Halévy and The Queen,” Nineteenth-Century Music Review, vol. 12, no. 2 (Dec. 2015), pp. 253-284

    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)

    December 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

    October 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)

    November 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. 

    January 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

    Recent Conference Papers:

    September 2018:  “Deep Listening: The Politics of the Live Music Experience in the Age of Post-Truth,” International Music Conference, “Music and Musicology in the Age of Post-Truth,” University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    July 2018:  “The Sound of Invisible Light: Der Freischütz and the Romantic Science of Johann Wilhelm Ritter,” 20th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, England

    May 2017:  “Science and the Romantic Vision in Early Nineteenth-Century Opera,” Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History Lecture, American Academy in Berlin, Germany

    March 2017:  “Science and the Sound of Disease in Lucia di Lammermoor (Paris, 1837),” Music and the Body Between Revolutions: 1789-1870, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, New York

    March 2017:  Respondent in Roundtable Discussion, “After Idealism: Sound as Matter and Medium in the 19th Century,” Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

    July 2016:  “Physiology and the Science of Hysteria in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor," 19th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

    November 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 International 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

    Recent Special Lectures/Invited Talks:

    February 2018:  “Teaching Statement, Portfolio, Student Evaluations,” Professional Seminar, Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Ph.D. Professional Development Conference, Kimpton Eventi Hotel, New York, New York

    January 2018:  Panelist for Winter Festival: America Inspiring, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Richardson Auditorium, Princeton Univeristy (19 January) and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey (21 January)

    May 2017:  “Deep Listening,” A conversation with Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Director of the Elbphilarmonie Harmburg, on the hyper-acoustics of concert halls and the materiality of sound in today’s listening experience, Consulate General of the United States, Hamburg, Germany

    March 2017:  “The Voice of the People: Max Lorenz,” Introduction to Pulitzer-Prize winning Journalist Manuela Hoelterhoff, American Academy in Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    April 2016:  “Men and the Science of Women: Hysteria in Lucia di Lammermoor," Special Faculty Lecture, Women and Gender Studies (WAGS), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

    February 2016:  “Finding your Authentic Self in a Diverse World,” Special Lecture, Agape Latte (Campus Ministry & Social Action), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

    January 2016:  Concert Talkback for Winter Festival: Symphonie Fantastique, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the State Theatre in New Brunswick (23 January) and the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey (24 January)

    February 2015:  Interview facilitator with Broadway Actor Ben Vereen, a public conversation on the importance of life balance in Hollywood, Black History Month, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

    Fall 2014:  “The Theory and Practice of Musicology,” Special Lecture (Department of History: “Introduction to History”), Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York

    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

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Memberships

    • American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS)
    • American Musicological Society (AMS)
    • College Art Association (CAA)
    • College Music Society (CMS)
    • International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
    • The Royal Musical Association (RMS)
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Spring 2017 - Berlin Prize Fellowship, Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History, American Academy in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    • 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 1993-1995 - Andrew W. Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


    • Spring 2017 - Manhattan College Sabbatical for Scholarly Research
    • Summer 2014 - Manhattan College Summer Research Grant
    • Fall 2010- Spring 2011 - Manhattan College Sabbatical for Scholarly Research
    • 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