History and Literature

EpsteinRctnglLouis Epstein
Assistant Professor of Music — Music History and Literature
Dr. Epstein is a historical musicologist whose research focuses on the intersections between music, patronage, and politics in France during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently working on a book that illustrates how different funding sources (wealthy individuals, powerful institutions, profit-seeking corporations) inflected the sounds and meanings of French music composed between 1918 and 1939. Dr. Epstein’s research has been recognized with support from the Fulbright Program, the French Embassy, the Georges Lurcy Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation.

He has presented at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, as well as internationally at the “Rethinking Poulenc” conference at Keele University. His article “Darius Milhaud’s Machines agricoles as Post-Pastoral” is forthcoming in Music & Politics. An experienced teacher, Dr. Epstein has received numerous awards from Harvard University’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and has presented research on music history pedagogy at the 2011 Music History Teaching Day Conference. His other research interests include musical nationalism and exoticism, art sociology, and the historiography of modernism.

Before coming to St. Olaf, Dr. Epstein taught at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


t-ngTiffany Ng
Visiting Instructor in Music — Music History and Literature


Tiffany Ng is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. Her research focuses on the politics of musical sound — the carillon in particular — in public spaces, and its relationship to identity construction, asymmetrical power relations, economies of death and memorialization, schizophonia and disembodiment in live and playback performance, the historical performance practice movement, and the exploration of these issues through supernatural and violent narratives in film, opera, and literature. Her secondary intersts include film music/sound and the digital baroque, opera stagings incorporating new media, and the relationship of recorded sound and visual culture. She is writing her dissertation with the guidance of Richard Taruskin and Steven Feld.

As an educator, Tiffany has taught carillon lessons and master classes for ten years at Yale University, the Roosevelt Academy (Netherlands), the University of Rochester, and the DeCal program at UC Berkeley. Additionally, she taught electronic music for two years at the Eastman Computer Music Center and has mentored underprivileged students through precollege and college programs. She is a Graduate Student Instructor for music history survey courses at Berkeley.

Tiffany earned an M.M. in Organ Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2008, where she studied with William Porter. An energetic proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered over a dozen acoustic and electroacoustic works for carillon and for organ, and revived carillon pieces by Kaikhosru Sorabji and Robert Morris. On a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation, she studied with Geert D’hollander at the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Belgium and graduated magna cum laude in 2006. She earned a B.A. in English and Music at Yale, where she managed belfry renovations and preparations for the 2006 congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Tiffany has curated exhibits at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments and at the Municipal Museum of Mechelen, Belgium. She may be heard weekly playing contemporary repertoire on the Sather Tower carillon.