Justin Gregg

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Justin Gregg is a PhD student in Historical Musicology at Columbia University, where he began in the Fall of 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University, where he studied both Music and Human Anatomy. He went on to complete his Master of Music in Music History and Music Theory from the University of Hartford (The Hartt School), where he wrote a thesis entitled “Dmitri Shostakovich and the ‘Mahlerian’ Scherzo.” At this time, he is in the planning stages for a dissertation under the advising of Walter Frisch.

He is currently serving as the Director of Columbia’s Collegium Musicum vocal ensemble for the 2021-2022 academic year. He has also served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Columbia, instructing Masterpieces of Western Music during the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to his time at Columbia, he served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Hartford, working with music majors as well as non-major undergraduates.

In addition to his studies at Columbia, he has participated in the FAB-Musiconis Program for Medieval Musical Iconography and the Columbia-Barnard Mixed Chorus, and has been a member of the editorial board of Current Musicology. He has multiple years of experience as a college-prep tutor, and volunteered as an EMT in various jurisdictions for more than five years, serving as the President of Georgetown University EMS in 2015-2016. In his spare time, you can typically find him learning a new language or working on his amateur piano skills.

He has presented his work at regional meetings of the American Musicological Society in Boston and Washington DC, as well as multiple conferences for graduate students in music. In February 2020, he was invited to give a presentation at Goldsmiths, University of London, for a panel on Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. His primary research interests include late Austro-German Romanticism, music cognition, the intersections between music and politics, and the musical landscape of the Soviet Union.