James Borders, musicologist, University of Michigan

Venue: Cook Recital Hall, Music Building


Borders is the Glenn McGeoch Collegiate Professor of Music; former Chair of the Musicology Department; former Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Music, Theater, and Dance; and former Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. He has held Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, and the University of Michigan. He was a CIC Leadership Fellow in 1996–97 and was nominated for an Amoco Teaching Award in 1998. Borders’s research interests include medieval and Renaissance plainchant and aspects of American popular music. Current projects include a book on music for services for the consecration of nuns and a synoptic edition of chants in the medieval Pontificale Romanum. Borders earned his master’s degree and PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied with Howard Mayer Brown and Edward E. Lowinsky.

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