Howard Pollack

John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music
Division Chair of Musicology
University of Houston

Howard Pollack holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music history from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in musicology from Cornell University. He has taught at the University of Houston since 1987.

Pollack has published widely in the field of American music, including seven books. Among them "George Gershwin: His Life and Work (2006)" received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and a 2008 Deems Taylor Award, has been called "a watershed event in scholarship on the composer" and "a monument to all that we presently know about Gershwin as both man and musician" (Journal of the Society for American Music) as well as "endlessly fascinating" (New York Times) and "a gripping read" (Charleston News and Courier), with "some of the best musical analysis you're likely to find anywhere" (Toronto Globe and Mail).  Described as "insightful" (New York Times), “magisterial and revelatory” (Notes), and “a momentous achievement” (Choice), Marc Blitzstein received the 2013 Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography from ASCAP. 

Pollack's other awards include two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Research Grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, a Newberry Library Fellowship, two awards for Research Excellence from the University of Houston, and subvention grants from the Lloyd Hibberd Publication Endowment Fund and the Dragan Plamenac Publication Endowment Fund of the American Musicological Society and the H. Earle Johnson Publication Fund of the Society for American Music.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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