Marica Tacconi – Musicologist

Marica Tacconi

Marica Tacconi is Distinguished Professor of Musicology and Art History and Associate Director of the School of Music at Pennsylvania State University. A native of central Italy, she holds a B.A. in Music from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Yale University.

Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the music of early modern Italy, especially Florence and Venice. She has presented at conferences and symposia throughout North America and Europe, and her research has appeared in numerous journals, collections of essays, and exhibition catalogues. She is the author of the books I Libri del Duomo di Firenze (with Lorenzo Fabbri; Centro Di, 1997), and Cathedral and Civic Ritual in Late Medieval and Renaissance Florence: The Service Books of Santa Maria del Fiore (Cambridge UP, 2005). Her research has been supported by several institutions and grant agencies, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the American Musicological Society, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

She is the recipient of the 2001 Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2013 Achieving Women Award, the 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration, and the 2020 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement. She has served as director of the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities (2005-10) and as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (2009-15).

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