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Noel O. Verzosa, Jr.

Noel O. Verzosa, Jr.

Associate Professor of Music

Tel: 301-696-3430
Office: Brodbeck Music Hall, Room 9
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 5-6 p.m.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Bowdoin College

Courses taught

  • HNMU 318: The Philosophy of Music
  • MUSC 100: Fundamentals of Music
  • MUSC 103: Introduction to Music
  • MUSC 300B: The World of Beethoven
  • MUSC 302: World Music
  • MUSC 303: Music History & Literature I (Antiquity-1830)
  • MUSC 304: Music History & Literature II (1830-Present)


I have spent the last few decades moving from one coast to the other and back again: I grew up in New York and attended college in Maine; I expatriated to California in 2001 for my graduate degree and first teaching job; and I made my return to the east coast in August 2009 to join the Hood College faculty.

Research and teaching interests

I am a music historian with a special interest in French music of the 19th and 20th centuries. My work concerns the ways in which French music reflected the cultural, political, and intellectual trends of this period: 19th century philosophy, the French Third Republic, the birth of abstract painting, the two World Wars, etc. More generally, I am interested in theories of modernism and the avant-garde in the 20th century, as well as in the historiography of music--how the story of Western art music is told and what the manner of storytelling says about our beliefs about music and culture today.