Morgan Marie Rich is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce where she teaches courses in music history. Prior to joining the faculty at TAMU-Commerce, in 2019, she taught at the University of Florida and Cape Cod Community College. During the 2017/2018 academic year Morgan was awarded a Volkswagen Stiftung and the Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities to work at the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Berlin. While in Berlin she conducted research for her book, Theodor Adorno’s Vienna: Musical Context for Philosophical Thought.She received her PhD in musicology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation reassesses Theodor Adorno’s relationship with Alban Berg in a pivotal moment in his philosophical and compositional career.
She has presented her research at the Annual Meetings of the American Musicological Society, IRCAM, German Studies Association, International Council of Europeanists, Austrian Studies Association as well as various national and international conferences for musicology and European studies. Her chapter, "Theodor Adorno’s Musical Monographs: Challenging the Genre and Creating Historical Narratives" was published (2018) in the volume Music Criticism 1900-1950.
Her research interests include the music of Alban Berg, Theodor Adorno, Kaija Saariaho, and Rebecca Saunders among others, focusing specifically on the Second Viennese School, music and philosophy, Theodor Adorno’s writings on music, and avant-garde music of the 20th and 21st centuries.
"Looking into the Heart of Light: Metaphors of Light in Kaija Saariaho's Notes on Light"
- Spectralisms 2019, IRCAM, Paris.
"Theodor Adorno's Autobiographical Flashes in Berg. Meister des kleinsten Übergangs"
- 2019 American Musicological Society, Southern Chapter Meeting, University of North Florida.
- 2018 University of Nottingham, Biography and Public History: Constructing Historical Narratives through Life-Writing.
Morgan was awarded a 2017/2018 Andrew Mellon Foundation and Volkswagen Stiftung "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities in Germany and the United States." (Postdoctoral Fellowships in den Geisteswissenschaften an Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten in Deutschland und den USA). Her project was titled: Theodor Adorno's Narrative of Alban Berg and His Music: Source Study and Analysis (Fellowship am Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung von Dr. Morgan Rich) (Link)