Dr. Devin Burke

Assistant Professor, Music History


Devin Burke is an assistant professor of music history at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on intersections of music and visual culture with religion, politics, and colonialism in early modern opera, theater, and dance. Dr. Burke’s book project, The Sounds of Iconoclasm: Music and Sculpture, 1517-1789, is the first monograph to examine the complex relationship between music and sculpture during a critical period in the history of both art forms. In addition to several forthcoming articles related to this monograph, he is editing an edition of unpublished madrigal settings of Giovanni Battista Guarini's "Cruda Amarilli." Dr. Burke also has long been engaged with the field of music and disability studies, and his article on Civil War-era popular songs that portray disabled veterans appears in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies (2015). Dr. Burke has presented extensively at national and international conferences including the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Transnational Opera Studies Conference, and the Music and Visual Studies International Conference. His work has been supported by the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music and by the Richard A. Zdanis Research Fellowship.

 Dr. Burke’s teaching and mentorship has been recognized at UofL with the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Master’s Students Award, Faculty Favorite nominations (2018, 2021), and a 2021 Student Champion recognition. He is the creator of the Music History Globetrotting Project, a digital resource designed to contribute to efforts to decolonize music history pedagogy. This year, he has presented on this pedagogical work at the Teaching Music History Conference and he will present as an invited panelist for the Digital Pedagogy Group at the 2021 American Musicological Society conference. Dr. Burke teaches a variety of courses at UofL including graduate seminars in music history, non-major courses in film sound and music history, and part of the music history sequence for undergraduate music majors. The graduate seminars he has developed include Music and Globalization, Exoticism in Early Music, Emotion and Innovation: Music in the Baroque, The Birth of the Orchestra, The Madrigal, Music in Film, American Music in Times of War, and Music and Crisis. He has also served as the director of the UofL Early Music Ensemble.

 Dr. Burke received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Musicology/Music History from Case Western Reserve University and holds the M.A. in Music Composition from the University of California-Santa Barbara as well as degrees in Music Theory/Composition and in Anthropology from Lawrence University. He is an active composer and his most recent compositional work includes the Detroit premiere of his Statuaries for nine instruments and dancers.