Joshua Druckenmiller is a first year PhD student in Historical Musicology. His research interests include 17th and 18th century vocal performance practices, vocal technique and pedagogy, opera, voice and vocality, musical aesthetics, gender and sexuality, and the intersections of music with dance, language, and philosophy. Joshua graduated summa cum laude from Susquehanna University with his BA in Music with a concentration in Voice, and he completed his MA in Musicology at Rutgers University.
Joshua’s masters thesis research focused on the use of the haute-contre in early 18th century French vocal music, particularly in Rousseau’s Le Devin du village, and the way that the voice interacted with Rousseau’s ideas of social criticism and operatic reform. Joshua has presented this research at the City University of New York Graduate Student in Music Conference and most recently at the Repenser la Musique en France à l’époque baroque conference in Paris, France.
As an active tenor, Joshua has participated in historical performance projects with the Aaron Copland School of Music Baroque Opera Workshop, Amherst Early Music Festival, Rutgers University Medieval Ensemble, and the Rutgers University Baroque Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed with the Rutgers University Opera Workshop, the Opera for Animals: Singing Is Saving (OASIS) Young Artist Program, and the Susquehanna University Opera Workshop.
In addition to his musicological and performance pursuits, Joshua has been active as a voice and piano teacher, an instructor with Rutgers University Arts Online, and as a cantor and choir section leader in churches of various denominations.