Marcie Ray Assistant Professor of Musicology


  • Musicology / Ethnomusicology

315 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 353-8784


Marcie Ray is an assistant professor of musicology at the Michigan State University College of Music. After 10 years as a coloratura soprano specializing in Mozart and Menotti roles, Ray now translates her training and experience into her work as a music historian. She holds degrees from the University of Texas (B.M. in vocal performance) and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.), where she was a Chancellor's Fellow. Her dissertation, “Aux Armes, Camarades!: The Opéra-Comique Restages the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes, 1697-1745,” focuses on the musical and intellectual culture of early modern Paris, paying special attention to performance as a critical art. Her book manuscript illustrates how male composers and librettists transformed and diminished early feminist literary characters when they adapted them for French baroque musical spectacles. A portion of this research has been published in Música em Perspectiva (2013) and will appear in Early Music (2016). Similar work, on Jean-Philippe Rameau’s ballet-bouffon Platée, ou Junon jalousie, appeared in the essay collection entitled The Libretto as Enlightenment Text, edited by Pamela Gay-White (2015). Finally, she has an article on the presence of second-wave feminism in the film adaptation of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady in American Music (2014).

She has presented her research in papers and lecture-recitals at several national conferences, including the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory and Music, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, as well as at international conferences in Rome. Lisbon, and Oxford. Her scholarship, which examines early modern to contemporary music, intersects with her other interests: gender, performance theory, film theory and cultural theory.

The most important aspect of her work, however, is how her research returns to the classroom. For her dedication to her students she has won several teaching awards, including UCLA's most prestigious teaching honor from the Academic Senate Committee, and she was a Lilly Teaching Fellow (2014-15).