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Alicia Kopfstein-Penk

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
Department of Performing Arts

  • Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, PhD, has taught musicianship, guitar, music history, and gen ed at American since 1998, and musicianship for the Washington National Opera Summer Institute since 2009. She is published in Guitar Review, Soundboard, American String Teachers Association Journal, and Classical Guitar, and has presented for the American Musicological Society and the National Opera Association. Her book on Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts (based on her award-winning doctoral dissertation) studies the social, cultural, and political aspects of these ground-breaking TV programs and will be published by Scarecrow Press in 2014. Her insightful approach to musicianship that links intellectual concepts with emotional reactions is seen in her forthcoming book Making Music with Heart and Mind. Her innovative ergonomic system for sizing the guitar to the performer is described in The Healthy Guitar (quoted by physical therapy journals). Dr. Kopfstein-Penk has performed in liturgical dramas, a Renaissance consort, oratorios, operas, chamber music, and solo recitals at such halls as the Kennedy Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera, as well as throughout the DC area.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D. from Catholic University of America, M.A. in Music History from American University, B.M. from American University


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