Faculty by Area

Nancy Cooper

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music



Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance, Eastman School of Music, 1983.

Artist's Diploma, Eastman School of Music, 1983.

Master of Music degree in organ performance, Eastman, 1980.

Performer's Certificate, Eastman, 1980.

Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, Centenary College of Louisiana, 1978.



2014               Women and Gender Studies travel grant, annual conference of the Western Association of Women Historians in Pomona, California.

2013               Recipient, Faculty Professional Enhancement Program grant, for study at the Redpath Chautauqua Collection, University of Iowa.

1996               Recipient, grant funding from the Office of Research Administration, School of Fine Arts, and the Music Department, University of Montana:

- For research in London, England, on the life and works of Maria Cosway (February)

- For research in Lodi, Italy, on the life and works of Maria Cosway (October)

1994               Recipient, Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant, University of Montana, for research in Washington, D.C.,

                                       on music in the life of Thomas Jefferson

1993               Recipient, Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant, U.M., for study of Thomas Jefferson’s music library, at the University of Virginia 

Selected Publications


"Reconstructing a Musical Life: Finding Anna Maude Van Hoose" (revised for a non-musician audience), annual conference, Western Association of Women Historians, Pomona, California, May 2014.

"Reconstructing a Musical Life: Finding Anna Maude Van Hoose"; regional conference, College Music Society, Missoula, MT, April 2014

Panel Discussion, “Binders Full of Women: Biography as an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Enterprise,” University of Montana Faculty and Graduate Student Conference, April 13, 2013, Missoula, Montana




“’Upward Ho! or, The Way of the Better Life’: The Circuit Chautauqua Movement in Montana,” under review, Montana: The Magazine of Western History.

"'An Artist to her Fingertips': a woman on the Chautauqua circuit." Accepted with revisions, Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, Spring 2015 issue.

"'Dear Old New York': Journal of Anna Maude Van Hoose's visit to New York, October-  November 1901." New York History Review,


A Charmed Bower of Romance: A Woman's Perspective of Niles in 1835.  Chronicle of the Michigan Historical Society, XXXVI/1 (Spring 2013), 21-23.

Maria Cosway. Co-authored with Jan Walters.   New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition.

Maria Cosway e la musica. with Jan Walters. In Richard e Maria Cosway,  Ed. Tino Gipponi. Torino: Umberto Allemandi & C., 1998.

Maria Cosway and the 'Favorite Passion' of Thomas Jefferson.  Women of Note Quarterly, IV/1 (February/March 1996), 20-25.

Professional Experience

Lecture-recitals at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Philadelphia and Chicago.

Lecture-recital at the national pedagogy conference of the American Guild of Organists, at the University of Tennessee,  Knoxville.

Recital at the national convention of the Organ Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lecture-recital at the national conference of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Society.

Lecture-recital at the University of Virginia as part of the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. 

Solo organ recitals in the University of Washington, Seattle; Indiana University, Bloomington; Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; University of Arizona, Tucson; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater;  Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida; Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC; Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia; Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA; ; and at churches in New York City, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, MD; Spokane, WA: Billings, MT; Anchorage, Alaska; Charlottesville, VA; Salem, Medford, Portland, and Corvallis, Oregon; Chestertown, MD; Shreveport, Louisiana; Alexandria, VA; San Antonio, TX

International Experience

Solo organ recitals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Munich, Heidelberg, and Augsburg, Germany.