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Eleonora Beck

James W. Rogers Professor of Music, Director of Musicology

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Professional Experience

Eleonora (Nora) Beck has published widely on the subject of Italian medieval and Renaissance music and art, including her books Singing in the Garden: Music and Culture in the Tuscan Trecento and Giotto’s Harmony: Music and Art in Padua at the Crossroad of the Renaissance.  Also a writer of fiction, Nora published Fiammetta, which won Honorary Mention in the Writers Digest International self-published book competition. In 2007, the American Musicological Society named Nora Master Teacher of the AMS, only the third professor to receive this recognition. In 2000 she received the Graves Award from Pomona College for outstanding teaching in the humanities and in 1998 she was named Lewis & Clark College Professor of the Year. Nora was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame, October 18, 2012, for playing basketball. In 2013 Nora released Strange Land, a recording of her original compositions. She is currently working on a study of Boccaccio in the Renaissance.    

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 1993, M.Phil. 1991, M.A.1989 Columbia University, B.A. 1983 Barnard College