Joshua Neumann is a PhD candidate in historical musicology at the University of Florida, where he is an instructor in the School of Music and was previously a College of Fine Arts Humanities Teaching Fellow. He also served two terms as the president of the Graduate Student Council and as a student senator in the UF Faculty Senate. His dissertation, “Towards Defining Tradition: A Statistical and Network Analysis of Performing Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot at the Met,” examines 50 seasons of performance practice tradition in productions of Puccini’s final work at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
He contributed a chapter, “’Whatever Will Be, Will Be’: Gender Equality and the Music of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956),” to Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age, published by Oxford University Press. He has also published reviews of work on 18th-century operatic music and conducting. In addition to the study of operatic performers and performance, his research interests include music history pedagogy and the interface of operatic and film music with each other, society and politics.
Before matriculating to the University of Florida, he taught high school music as well as conducted and directed opera in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Music in Music History from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, with a thesis titled “Performance Practices in Four Puccini Arias: Tempo Choices and Choosers.” He also earned a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Gordon College, in Wenham, Ma.