Anne Searcy

Asst. Professor

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Anne Searcy is an 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 working on a book, Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange, currently under contract with Oxford University Press. The book will analyze the American and Soviet cultural diplomacy programs, focusing on 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 two years, Dr. Searcy has also been researching the relationship between dance and hip hop music in the Broadway show Hamilton. Her article on the subject is forthcoming in American Music.

At the Frost School of Music, Dr. Searcy teaches courses in classical music history, popular music history, and gender and sexuality. She has also led 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.




2016Ph.D. Musicology Harvard University
2008B.A. History and Music Swarthmore College

Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Bringing Dance Back to the Center in Hamilton,” American Music, forthcoming, winter 2018.
  • “The Recomposition of Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus at the Bolshoi Theater, 1958–68, The Journal of Musicology, 33, no. 3 (Summer 2016), pp. 362–400.

Book Chapters

  • “Alexei Ratmansky and the Cold War Division of Abstract and Narrative Ballet,” in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Ballet, under contract with Oxford University Press.
  • “The Soviet Context: The Rite at the Bolshoi Theatre,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Rite of Spring, under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “A Question of Taste: Hollywood Epics and the American Reception of the Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus,” Society for American Music, New Orleans, LA, 2019
  • “Reviving Stravinsky, Reviving Leninism: The Stravinsky Renaissance at the Bolshoi Theater during the Thaw,” American Musicological Society, San Antonio, TX, 2018
  • “Balanchine in the Soviet Union and the Soviet Context,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, IL, 2017
  • “Hip Hop Aesthetics and Formal Integration in Andy Blankenbuehler's Hamilton Choreography,” Society for American Music, Montreal, Canada, 2017
  • “Transliterating Ballet: Local Concerns in the Practice of Cold War Cultural Exchange,” International Musicological Society, Tokyo, Japan, 2017
  • “Did the United States win the Cultural Cold War? New York City Ballet’s 1962 Tour of the Soviet Union,” Society for American Music, Boston, MA, 2016
  • “Writing Out the Ballerina: Cold War American Criticism of Soviet Ballet,” Society for Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance, Iowa City, IA, 2014
  • “A Cold War Welcome: The American Reception of Prokofiev and his Choreographic Collaborators during the Bolshoi Ballet’s 1959 Tour,” American Musicological Society, Milwaukee, WI, 2014
  • “Galina Ulanova Shapes a New Role for the Soviet Ballerina,” Genre et creation dans l’histoire des arts vivants, Paris, France, 2013

Courses Taught at Frost

  • Music, Gender, Sexuality      
  • Music of the Classical Period
  • Musical Traditions     
  • Music of the Baroque Period 
  • Evolution of Rock
  • History of Chamber Music    
  • Music and Power