Andrew Kohler

Historical Musicology, Certificate in Music Theory


Dissertation: ““‘Grey C’, Acceptable”: Carl Orff’s Professional and Artistic Responses to the Third Reich” (2015)

Andrew Kohler grew up in the Seattle area. He earned a classics diploma from Phillips Exeter Academy and a B.A. in literature and music from Yale University. After completing his musicology degree, he taught music history, music theory, and music appreciation at several colleges and universities in Michigan, Ohio, and Arkansas. His other musical activities include singing with the UMS Choral Union, keyboard performance, composition, and watching productions of obscure operas. He conducted his Chamber Symphony in E minor in 2012 at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He has done work with social justice causes, including serving as the legislative intern at Equal Rights Washington in Seattle, and his dissertation explores themes of anti-authoritarianism in Carl Orff’s output. Andrew is one of the first members of the Gershwin Initiative. He is honored to be the project manager for Wayne Shirley’s edition of Porgy and Bess, for which he performed in the test performance and presented a paper on the character of Bess at the accompanying symposium. Andrew is currently the Senior Editorial Assistant for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan.


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