Adeline Mueller

Assistant Professor of Music

Adeline Mueller (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a music historian specializing in Mozart and eighteenth-century opera, ballet, and Lieder, with additional research interests in music and childhood, silent film music, and eighteenth-century musical ethnography. 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).

Adeline’s forthcoming 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. Other forthcoming publications include chapters in The Cambridge Companion to The Magic Flute (Cambridge) and Dance and the Enlightenment (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment).

Adeline 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 Childhood, and Race in the American Musical, Adeline focuses on the ways music circulates among performers, consumers, and audiences, especially through print, and on musical practices as sites of social reflection and experimentation.

Recent Campus News

Members of the Mount Holyoke faculty, such as Tianhui Ng (pictured), are working with the Pioneer Valley Symphony to examine contributions of women composers.

Local orchestra focuses on women composers

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

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).