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bruce d. mcclung

Title: Associate Professor of Musicology
Office: 4225C Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-9549

bruce d. mcclung (PhD) is a musicologist whose interests include American music, musical theater, mass entertainment, manuscript studies, and critical editing. In 2013, he received the A. B. “Dolly” Cohen Award for Distinguished Excellence in Teaching; and in 2009, he received the University of Cincinnati Graduate School Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award and was elected to the University’s Academy for Fellows of Teaching and Learning. His research appears in Theater; The Kurt Weill Newsletter; Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism; Pipers Enzklopädie des Musiktheaters: Oper, Operette, Musical, Ballet; and The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2d ed.); the collections A Stranger Here Myself: Kurt Weill Studien (1993) and the Cambridge Companion to the Musical (2d ed., 2008); and the New York Public Library’s iPad app Biblion: The Boundless Library (2011).
mcclung is the author of the book Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical (Oxford University Press, 2007), which received a 2008 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the 2007 Kurt Weill Prize, and a 2006 Special Jury Prize from the Theatre Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award. He is editor of the two-volume critical edition of Lady in the Dark (in press) for the Kurt Weill Edition, and served as the musical and text consultant for the Royal National Theatre’s production of that musical play. He has held an American Musicological Society, Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship (1991–92) and an NEH Summer Stipend Award (2010). mcclung is currently writing a monograph titled “The World of Tomorrow: Music and the New York World’s Fair 1939/40.” He taught previously in an adjunct capacity at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.


  • BM, New England Conservatory.
  • MA, Eastman School of Music.
  • MM, Eastman School of Music.
  • PhD, University of Rochester.

Research Information

Research Support

  • bruce mcclung, Summer Stipend Award for “The World of Tomorrow: Music and the 1939/40 New York World’s Fair", National Endowment for the Humanities. 2010.
  • bruce mcclung, Tangeman Sacred Music Center Travel Grant. 2010.
  • bruce mcclung, Faculty Research Council Grant, University of Cincinnati. 2007.
  • bruce mcclung, Friends of CCM Grant, Friends of CCM. 2007.
  • bruce mcclung, Faculty Development Grant, University of Cincinnati. 2006.
  • bruce mcclung, Faculty Research Council Grant, University of Cincinnati. 2005.
  • bruce mcclung, Friends of CCM Grant, Friends of CCM. 2005.


Published Books

  • bruce mcclung (In Progress). The World of Tomorrow: Music and the 1939/40 New York World's Fair..
  • bruce mcclung (2007). Lady in the Dark. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • bruce mcclung and Paul Laird (2008). Musical Sophistication on Broadway: Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • bruce mcclung (In Progress). Gershwin, Ira; Lawrence, Gertrude; Lenya, Lotte; and Weill, Kurt. The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2d ed.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • bruce mcclung (10-12-2007). Municipal Opera: Cincinnati, Paoletta, and the Ohio Valley Exposition of 1910 Music Library Association, Midwest Chapter Meeting.
  • bruce mcclung (03-02-2007). Lady in the Dark’s Vocal Score: Corrupted Source or Viable Text? Editorial Board Meeting, Kurt Weill Edition, New York, NY.

Paper Presentations

  • bruce mcclung (03-20-2010). Cultural Politics and the Nation: Olin Downes’s Music Program for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • bruce mcclung (12-03-2009). Corrupted Script or Viable Text? Reassessing the Broadway Piano-Vocal Score, College Park, MD.
  • bruce mcclung (11-12-2009). From the Lower East Side to Catfish Row: ‘Strawberries!’ as Cultural Mediation in Porgy and Bess and Street Scene, Philadelphia, PA.
  • bruce mcclung (04-02-2008). George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and the Jewish Immigrant Experience, New York, NY.


  • bruce mcclung (03-10-2006). Source Study and the Broadway Musical. he American and British Musical, Bristol, England.


  • (2005). The Cincinnati Songs of Stephen Foster. Cincinnati Art Museum.
  • (2005). The American Landscape: Indianist Art and Music. Cincinnati Art Museum.
  • (2005). From the Music Cabinet: Cincinnati Sheet Music. Cincinnati Art Museum.

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award, Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati, 2009.
  • Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning, University of Cincinnati, 2009.
  • Deems Taylor Award, ASCAP, 2008. For Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical.
  • Kurt Weill Prize for Music, Modern Language Association, American Musicological Society, American Society for Theatre Research, and the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, 2007. For Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical.
  • George Freedley Memorial Award, Theatre Library Association, 2006. Special Jury Prize (2006) for Lady in the Dark: Biography of a Musical.