Robert C. Provine
Professor, Musicology Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division
B.A. and M.A. in Music, M.A. Regional Studies (East Asia), Ph.D. Music, Harvard University
Robert C. Provine is Emeritus Professor in the School of Music at the University of Maryland. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music, M.A. in Regional Studies (East Asia), and the Ph.D. in Music, all from Harvard University. As a graduate student, he won the Charles Seeger Prize of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and he received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant and the John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellowship. He researches the music of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan), with a particular focus on Korean traditional music and a disciplinary emphasis on historical ethnomusicology. He taught from 1978 to 2000 at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, where he rose from Lecturer to full Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, and where he helped organize two Durham Oriental Music Festivals (1979 and 1982). He served as Newsletter editor (1983-88), Secretary (1983-84), Vice-President (1984-85, 1991-93), and President (1993-95) of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe during his time in Durham. More recently, he served as President of the Association for Korean Music Research (1996-2000) and on the annual conference program committee of the Society for Ethnomusicology (1999), and currently he is a member of the editorial board of Acta Koreana and the editorial advisory board of Korean Studies. He contributed the country article “Korea” and numerous shorter entries to the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001). He is the author of Essays on Sino-Korean Musicology: Early Sources for Korean Ritual Music (1988), a co-editor of the East Asia volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2002), and he has written several dozen articles in varied academic journals.