Music Department

Caitlin Schmid

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

B.A., Music and English, Carleton College, 2009
M.A., Music History, University of Wisconsin, 2012
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Harvard University, 2019

Musicology, musical avant-gardes, performance studies, music and politics

Caitlin Schmid is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College. Her research and teaching interests include musical avant-gardes, music and politics, festivals, choreomusicology, experimental writing, and critical pedagogies. She is currently working on a book about the intersection of contemporary performance and political activism, with a focus on twenty-first-century musicians who re-imagine twentieth-century avant-gardes in order to model utopian futures. Caitlin’s article "Ice(d) Music/Cello/Bodies: Re-staging Charlotte Moorman's Ice Music (1972-2018)" was published in Twentieth-Century Music in 2020, and an earlier version of that paper was awarded the Paul A. Pisk Prize at the American Musicological Society Conference in 2018. Before joining the faculty at Reed, Caitlin taught at St. Olaf College, Carleton College, MIT, and Harvard University.