Anne Searcy

Visiting Asst. Professor

(305) 284-6182
Locator Code:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 232
Coral Gables, Florida 33146




Anne Searcy is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Frost School of Music. She researches the intersections of music, politics, and dance, and she is particularly interested in the question of how the performing arts influence social, political, and economic systems. Dr. Searcy is currently working on a book, Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange, in which she examines the American and Soviet cultural diplomacy programs. The book will discuss tours by the Bolshoi Ballet in the United States and by American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet in the Soviet Union. Over the past year, Dr. Searcy has also been researching the relationship between dance and hip hop music in the Broadway show Hamilton.

At the Frost School of Music, Dr. Searcy is teaching courses in rock history, chamber music literature, and baroque music. She is also leading a graduate student seminar, “Music and Power,” in which students grapple seriously with the question, “Can music change the world?” 

Dr. Searcy holds a Ph.D. in music from Harvard University and a B.A. in history and music from Swarthmore College. In 2015 she was awarded an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship by the American Musicological Society. She previously held a fellowship jointly at New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts and the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. Her article “The Recomposition of Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus at the Bolshoi Theater, 1958–1968” appeared in The Journal of Musicology, and she has presented papers at the meetings of the International Musicological Society, the American Musicological Society, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the Society for American Music.


Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Observing two days of rehearsals for Hamilton as part of her research on the role of dance in the musical
  • 2017 Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet at the New York University Center for Ballet and the Arts and the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
  • 2015–2016 Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship