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Contact Information

Name: Chantal Frankenbach

Title: Assistant Professor, Music

Office Location: Capistrano Hall 127


Office Phone: 916.278.7980

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street Sacramento CA 95819

Office Hours: T-Th 12:00 - 1:30

Office Hours: W 3:00 - 4:00


2012    Ph.D., Music, University of California, Davis. Dissertation: Disdain for Dance,

            Disdain for France: Choreophobia in German Musical Modernism. Dissertation

            director: Beth E. Levy

2007    M.A., Music, University of California, Davis

1985    B.A., Dance, University of California, Irvine. Magna cum laude

Courses I Teach

Graduate seminars

MUSC 201, Introduction to Graduate Studies

MUSC 206, Seminar in Historical Musicology

Special Topics: Music and Dance, Music and Modernism, The Music of Joseph Haydn, Virtuosity in the 19th Century


Courses for undergraduate music majors

MUSC 10A - 10B - 10C, Survey of Music Literature

MUSC 110, Research in Music History (capstone writing intensive)

Special topics: Musical Premieres, Music in Times of War,  Women in Western Music-Making, Music and Dance


Courses for non-majors

MUSC 18, Music Appreciation (online)


Journal articles

“Dancing to Beethoven in Wilhelmine Germany: Isadora Duncan and her Critics.” Journal of Musicology 34/1 (Winter, 2017): 71–114.

 “Curricular Design and Institutional Support for Undergraduate Research in Music History.” CUR Quarterly (Fall, 2016): 20–25.

 “Dancing the Redemption of French Literature: Rivière, Mallarmé, and Le Sacre du printemps.” Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts 38/2 (2015): 134–160. [Awarded the 2016 Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize in Dance Aesthetics, American Society for Aesthetics]


Book Chapters

“Who Laughs Last? The Dancer in Haydn’s Concert Minuets.” In Music in Eighteenth-Century Culture, edited by Mary Sue Morrow, 48–85. Ann Arbor: Steglein Publishing, 2016.

“Waltzing around the Musically Beautiful: Listening and Dancing in Hanslick’s Hierarchy of Musical Perception.” In Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression, edited by Nicole Grimes, Wolfgang Marx, and Siobhán Donovan, 108–131. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2013.



“Isadora Duncan and her Collaborators.” Guest post for the New York Public Library.



Disdain for Dance, Disdain for France: Choreophobia in German Musical Modernism, University of California, Davis, 2012.

Professional Associations

German Studies Association

Council on Undergraduate Research

Society for American Music

Society of Dance History Scholars

American Musicological Society

         AMS Music and Dance Study Group

         AMS Pedagogy Study Group

American Musicological Society, Northern CA chapter

Phi Beta Kappa

Awards and Fellowships

2016                Selma Jean Cohen Prize in Dance Aesthetics          

2016                New York Public Library Short-Term Fellowship

2011                Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship

2011                Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship, Northern CA Chapter

2010                UC Davis Humanities Institute Research Award

2009                UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research, Graduate Research Award

2009                Mabelle McLeod Lewis Grant in Aid of Scholarship

School of Music Research Symposium

Congratulations 2017 winners of Music Research Awards