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Mary Ward-Griffin

Danielle Ward-Griffin

Assistant Professor - Falk Professor

Ferguson Ctr A-178
(757) 594-8786


  • Ph D in Music, Yale University
  • M Phil in Music, Yale University
  • MA in Music History, Yale University
  • BM in Music History, McGill University (Quebec)


History of Western Music Survey
Falk Seminar in Musicology
Music Bibliography
Opera on Stage and Screen (honors)
Broadcasting the Performing Arts (honors)
World Music


Benjamin Britten; opera and new media; music, television and broadcasting; opera performance history; twentieth-century opera and postwar ideas of place and belonging.


Danielle Ward-Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Music History at Christopher Newport University. She received her MA and PhD in music from Yale University and holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction from McGill University. Her research examines the performance, mediatization and production of twentieth-century opera, focusing in particular on Benjamin Britten and television broadcasting. She has published articles and chapters in the Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, Rethinking Britten, and Benjamin Britten Studies. Forthcoming work includes an article on the NBC Opera Company in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (summer 2018).

Her research has been supported by the Virgil Thomson Fellowship (Society for American Music), the Hagley Museum and Archive (Center for the History of Business, Society and Technology), the MacMillan Center for International Studies, and the Yale Center for British Art. She has presented her research at national and international conferences in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and was the 2010 recipient of the Temperley Prize of the North American British Music Studies Association. She has also published on integrating archives into the classroom in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.

At Christopher Newport University, she teaches the Western music history survey, research and writing intensive courses, and honors seminars on music and twentieth-century media. In 2016, she was awarded the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing.

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