Loren Ludwig is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at Grinnell College. He completed his Ph.D. in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music at the University of Virginia in 2011. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Musicological Society, his dissertation (“Equal to All Alike”: A Cultural History of the Viol Consort in England, c.1550- 1675) explores the social nature of amateur chamber music for viol consort. The project investigates how consort music shaped understandings of social intimacy, the nature and propriety of the passions, and the relationship between language and music. In addition to his work on early modern musical culture, Loren has research interests in African American music as well as the twentieth-century history of performance practice. Loren is currently researching the history of the “Yankee” viol and in the early nineteenth-century development of American vernacular music.
In the classroom, Loren is committed to helping students explore the ways that music engages multiple domains of human experience and cultural production. During the 2011-2012 academic year he was a Visiting Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand, where he taught courses on the history of African American music, Baroque Music, and the cultural history of music in the West. He has taught at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany and the Shanghai Conservatory and while at Virginia Loren taught all levels of musicianship, a history of hip hop, and an introduction to music theory. During spring 2013 Loren taught “Practical Hexachordal Theory” [great title!--not his] at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Loren performs widely on the viola da gamba in a range of styles (including Renaissance and Baroque chamber music, vernacular music of America and the British Isles, and experimental and electronic music) and has performed across the US and Europe and in Asia and South America. After completing his undergraduate degree in performance at Oberlin Conservatory with Catharina Meints, Loren traveled to the Netherlands on a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
His playing can be heard on Rattle, New Focus, Crop Circle, and Maxima Records.