Mark Clague

Mark Clague, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Musicology, American Culture, and African American Studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he also serves as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. His research on the U.S. national anthem has led to the publication of the Star Spangled Songbook (2015) and the double CD Poets and Patriots: A Tuneful History of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (2014). He was awarded one of the inaugural NEH Public Scholar fellowships to complete a book on the two-hundred-year history of the song. His anthem research has appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Choral Journal, and Chorus America’s The Voice, and has sparked collaborations with the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and in recital with baritone Thomas Hampson at the U.S. Library of Congress. He also helped create the Star Spangled Music Foundation, founded the website, and started an affiliated Youtube channel. Addressing a target audience of K-12 teachers and the general public, these online initiatives have received more than 400,000 visits. A specialist in American music research, Professor Clague received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (2002) after writing a dissertation about 19th-century music in Chicago at the Auditorium Building. During his studies, he performed in the bassoon section of the Chicago Symphony’s Civic Orchestra for three years and received the orchestra’s Sudler Award in 1993. He serves as editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition and recently published a new critical edition of An American in Paris that is being performed by orchestras worldwide.


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