Andrea Klassen


a portrait of Andrea Klassen

Assistant Instructor in Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Andrea Klassen is a third year doctoral student in Musicology, with research interests focusing on medieval plainchant and posthumanist theory. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Music in Music History from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts from Dalhousie University. She presented the findings of her thesis, “The Recurrent Role of the Melisma in the Alleluias of the St Gall Cantatorium” at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in 2021. She has also assisted on digital humanities projects, including the Hildegard Zotero Bibliography and Cantus Ultimus. Andrea’s recent research interests center around the medieval chant manuscript Vol 39, and its relationship to other eleventh-century Italian chant sources, the findings of which she presented at AMS-SW in 2022 and ICMS at Kalamazoo in 2023. She hopes to pursue additional work on the materiality and immateriality of medieval plainchant in future projects.
Andrea is currently the Student Representative for the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. Last year, Andrea held a Harry Ransom Center fellowship, for which she indexed HRC 21, a Dominican processional, for the Cantus Database, which she presented as part of the SREM meeting at AMS in New Orleans in 2022. In addition to this, Andrea has presented on topics including unusual notation in the music of Hildegard of Bingen (2023 Vagantes), as well as the role of nostalgia in the Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas (2022 AMS-SW). For her dissertation, Andrea plans to examine the diffusion of neo-Gregorian chant outside of Italy to chart paths of chant transmission in Western Europe.

MUS 302L 
Introduction to Western Music

Contact Information

Campus location
MRH 3.404

Teaching Areas



Bachelor of Music
University of Manitoba

Master of Arts
Dalhousie University