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Christopher Morrongiello

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


PHD, 2006, University of Oxford; MPHIL, 1993, University of Oxford; MM, 1991, Royal College of Music; BMUS, 1990, Mannes Coll Music


Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar and Overseas Research Scholar, is a versatile musicologist, performer, teacher, director and luthier who specializes in early music. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in musicology. As a recitalist on historical plucked instruments, he has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the United States. In 1993 he was a prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year Competition and in 1996 was awarded a Marco Fodella Foundation Scholarship for studies and research in Milan, Italy. In 2006, the Lute Society of America conferred upon him its first Patrick O’Brien LSA Seminar Lectureship. 

Heralded as an innovative music director and creator of large-scale dramatic works, Dr. Morrongiello has a gift for bringing music of the Renaissance and Baroque to life in its literary and social context.  His musical portrait of the Elizabethan muse and songstress Penelope Devereux, created for soprano Emily Van Evera (My Lady Rich, Avie Records 0045), has been described by Renaissance Magazine as “a presentation of unusual quality and beauty” and by the NY Times as “an inspired idea . . . vivid and touching portrait.” He is the director of the Hofstra Collegium Musicum, which performs musically and dramatically compelling concerts of early music each year at the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival. These concerts are becoming more and more like music dramas. Morrongiello calls them "Early Musicals."

Dr. Morrongiello has published articles and reviews in important academic journals, such as Early MusicChelysJournal of the Lute Society, and has taught, lectured, and performed at many international music festivals, such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Madison Early Music Festival, and Lute Society of America Summer Seminars.

He is a member of the Venere Lute Quartet and ALBA Consort, performs regularly with sopranos Marcia Young and Alexandra Olsavsky, and directs the New York-based Bacheler Consort. Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art produced several, beautiful video recordings of his playing on a gut-strung, sixteenth-century lute as well as on copies of lutes in their priceless musical instrument collection. Listening to a Four-Hundred-Year-Old Instrument.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 017P (CP) GUITAR Undergraduate
MUS 143 HISTORY OF MUSIC 1 Undergraduate
MUS 144 HISTORY OF MUSIC 2 Undergraduate
MUS 151 SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 1 Undergraduate
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