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.



Finishing up Spring 2018! 

Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
April 3-9
And our travelers are there in the present!


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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