Barbara Haws

Degrees M.A. (History) New York University
Course DPhil Musicology
College New College
Address New College
Holywell St.
Oxford OX1 3BN

19th /20th century orchestras: orchestra significance in urban culture, 19th century American orchestra, musician community in different cultures, changing role of conductor, evolving instruments and instrumentation, music and memory, music and humanities, music scores and parts as sources for humanities, OMR, Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein.

Ureli Correli Hill, the first American-born musician to travel, work, and study abroad, 1835-37 and the founding of the New York Philharmonic in 1842 – the first permanent symphony orchestra as a democratic institution. My research, supervised by Professor Michael Burden will investigate the impact of Hill’s English and Continental experiences on the founding of the American Philharmonic, as well as the cultural and democratic influences unfolding in Jacksonian America.


“Ureli Corelli Hill and the New York Philharmonic” in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, John Spitzer, ed., The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Leonard Bernstein, American Original with Burton Bernstein, Harper Collins, 2008.

“When World’s Collide: Leonard Bernstein, A Social Activist” in Leonard Bernstein Ein New Yorker, Werner Hanak and Adina Seeger, eds., Jüdisches Museum Wien, 2019.

“Advocating Within the Institution” in Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives, Larry Hackman, ed., Society of American Archivists, 2011.


“Ureli Corelli Hill’s Impressions of the London Music Scene, 1835-37,” Music in the Nineteenth-Century Britain Conference, July 2019 (Canterbury Christ Church University).

“An American Musician in London, 1837-37,” North American British Music Studies Association, July 2020 (Virtual Conference).

“An American View from the Drury Lane Theatre pit, 1836-37,” The London Stage in the Nineteenth-Century World III, April 2021, (Virtually from New College, Oxford).

“The Conductor’s Whisperer: The Marked Scores and Parts of the New York Philharmonic,” with Gabe Smith, OCI International Conducting Studies Conference, June 2021 (virtual)