Monica Hershberger

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Phone: (860) 832-2901


Monica A. Hershberger is an Assistant Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University where she teaches music history survey and appreciation courses, as well as more specialized topics courses such as American Popular Music and Protest.

Dr. Hershberger earned her PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University in 2017. Before shifting to musicology, she earned degrees in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Michigan State University. Dr. Hershberger’s current musicological research focuses on the convergence of nationalism and feminism in mid-twentieth-century American opera. In her dissertation, “‘Life is Strife’: American Operatic Heroines during the Cold War,” she examined four operas from the perspective of the heroines featured therein, arguing that from this perspective, we can see how American women often uttered and embodied the complex quest for national identity that accompanied the Cold War in the United States. Dr. Hershberger’s research has been recognized by the National Opera Association, supported by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and published in The Opera Journal. In 2016, she was selected by the Society for American Music to give a digital lecture on Jack Beeson’s 1965 opera Lizzie Borden. Part of the Society’s first Digital Lectures in American Music Series, Dr. Hershberger’s lecture was published in December 2016 and is available for viewing on the Society’s YouTube channel:

Dr. Hershberger is currently in the process of expanding and transforming her dissertation into a book. In addition, she has a forthcoming article on Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera Susannah in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (April 2018).

PhD, Historical Musicology, Harvard University 2017

MA, Historical Musicology, Michigan State University, 2011

MM, Piano Performance, Michigan State University, 2011

BM, Piano Performance, Bowling Green State University, 2008