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Arne Spohr

Arne Spohr, PhD, Hochschule für Musik Köln, is Associate Professor of Musicology at Bowling Green State University, where he also directs the BGSU Early Music Ensemble. His research has focused on music in Germany, Britain, and Scandinavia between 1550 and 1750, particularly on cultural exchange in the field of instrumental ensemble music, the intersections of sound, space, and power in court culture, and the role of race and social status in the lives of Black court musicians in early modern Germany. Among his publications are ‘How chances it they travel?’ Englische Musiker in Dänemark und Norddeutschland 1579– 1630 (2009), and “Mohr und Trompeter”: Blackness and Social Status in Early Modern Germany’, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 72/3 (2019): 613–63. He is currently completing a monograph on Concealed Music in Early Modern Pleasure Houses for Indiana University Press, and (in collaboration with Joseph McHardy) a critical edition of Vicente Lusitano’s complete Latin motets for A-R Editions.

His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from BGSU, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the American Council of Learned Societies. For AMS-Midwest, he has served as Chair of the Program Committee for the conferences in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and as AMS Council Representative (2013-15). He has  just been elected Chapter President for 2022-2024.