Adeline Mueller


  • Associate Professor of Music
  • on leave fall 2022
Adeline Mueller

Adeline Mueller is a music historian specializing in Mozart and eighteenth-century opera, ballet, and art song, particularly in German-speaking Europe. Her research interests include music and childhood, marginalized composers, early musical ethnography, and silent film music. She has published articles on Mozart in the journals Eighteenth-Century Music (2013) and Opera Quarterly (2013), and guest edited an issue of Opera Quarterly (2012) on Mozart’s Singspiel The Magic Flute. Mueller also contributed chapters to the edited volumes Mozart in Context (Cambridge, 2019), The Works of Monsieur Noverre Translated from the French: Noverre, His Circle, and the English Lettres sur la danse (Pendragon, 2015), and Wagner and Cinema (Indiana, 2010).

Mueller's book, Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood, examines Mozart’s role in the social and cultural construction of childhood during the Austrian Enlightenment, using evidence from his early career, his compositions for the young, early biographies, and posthumous (including spurious) music prints. She is also contributing a chapter to the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to The Magic Flute (2022).

Mueller has presented papers at such conferences as the American Musicological Society, the Mozart Society of America, and the American and British Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Previous academic appointments include Brown University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2014-15) and New College, University of Oxford (Weston Junior Research Fellow in Music, 2011-14).

In her research and in courses such as History of Western Music, Shakespeare and Music, Music and ChildhoodWomen and Music: Sounding Community, and Race in the American Musical, Mueller and her students consider how music circulates among performers, consumers, and audiences, especially through print, and on musical practices as sites of social reflection and experimentation.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of Sussex

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Members of the Mount Holyoke faculty are playing a key role in the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s new look at women composers.

Recent Publications

Mueller, A. (2021). Mozart and the Mediation of Childhood. University of Chicago Press.

Mueller, A. (2021). Roses Strewn Upon the Path: Rehearsing Familial Devotion in Late Eighteenth-Century German Songs for Parents and Children. Frontiers in Communication (Research Topic: "Songs and Signs: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Transmission and Inheritance in Human and Nonhuman Animals"). Retrieved from:

Recent Awards

Recent Honors

Gave two public lectures in November and December as part of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s Fall 2020 Discovery Series, “Hidden Figures: Women Composers Through the Ages.” Mueller was in conversation with the Symphony's Music Director Tianhui Ng (Music), who hosted the series.

Presented papers at the international symposium Folk Music Research, Folkloristics, and Anthropology of Music in Europe: Pathways in the Intellectual History of Ethnomusicology (Vienna, University for Music and Performing Arts) and the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Boston).

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