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 degree 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.”

During his last two semesters at Hartt, he served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the department of Music History, instructing the Introduction to Music course for non-major undergraduates. He also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the full sequence of music history survey courses during all four semesters of his master’s degree.

In his time at Columbia, he has participated in the FAB-Musiconis Program for Medieval Musical Iconography, as well as the Columbia-Barnard Mixed Chorus and the editorial board of the Current Musicology journal. Prior to starting at Columbia, he worked as a college-prep tutor for two years and volunteered as an EMT in multiple 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 graduate student music conferences hosted by the University of Arizona and Temple University. His primary research interests include late Austro-German Romanticism, music cognition, the intersections between music and language, and the musical landscape of the Soviet Union.