Associate Professor, Music & Dance
Graduate Coordinator, School of Music and Dance
Music History Coordinator, School of Music and Dance
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Gordon comes to the San Jose faculty from the University of California, Los Angeles where he completed his doctorate in musicology with his dissertation, "Beyond the Seconda Prattica: Claudio Monteverdi and the Poetics of Genre after Orfeo" under the direction of Susan McClary. His article "'In grembo a Citerea': The representation of ingenium and ars in Claudio Monteverdi's 'Tempro la cetra'" appears in the Monteverdi issue of the journal Early Music. While his study focuses on the music and culture in the late sixteenth- and the early seventeenth-centuries, Gordon's other research and teaching interests include film music, gagaku (Japanese court music) and American Musical Theater. Gordon now serves as the Graduate Coordinator and Coordinator of Music History in the School of Music & Dance, as well as directing the Collegium Musicum, the School's early music ensemble.
At UCLA Gordon was one of the founding members of Musica Humana, the Early Music Collective, for which he was director for 3 years. Gordon is also one of the founding editors of echo: a music-centered journal, an on-line interdisciplinary music journal. In 2001 Gordon was the first recipient of the Ciro Zoppo Research Fellowship for his work with the music of the seventeenth-century English composer Nicholas Lanier, and in 2005 Gordon was the recipient of the Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology, sponsored by the Northern California and Pacific-Southwest chapters of the American Musicological Society. In 2004, the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching awarded Gordon the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of his dynamic and innovative approach to working with students.