William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Chair of the Department
Music Building 304S
Oja's research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American musical traditions, often in transnational contexts. Her newest book, Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, was published by Oxford University Press in August 2014. Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000, edited together with Felix Meyer, Wolfgang Rathert, and Anne Shreffler, appeared from The Boydell Press in 2014, and she has written two chapters for Music and Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome, edited by Martin Brody, which is forthcoming in 2014. Oja’s Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s (2000), won the Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music. Other books include Copland and his World (co-edited with Judith Tick, 2005); Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds (1990, paperback edition 2004); A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H. Wiley Hitchcock; and American Music Recordings: A Discography of 20th-Century U.S. Composers. She has won three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards.
Oja directed the Harvard conference and festival Leonard Bernstein: Boston to Broadway (2006), and she was co-director (with Anne Shreffler) of the conference Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000 (2008). She is a member of Harvard's Standing Committee on the Graduate Program in American Studies, the Standing Committee on Dramatic Arts, and the Steering Committee of the Charles Warren Center for American History. She is past-president of the Society for American Music, and she has served on the Pulitzer Prize Committee in Music. Oja has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, she received the Everett S. Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard. She is currently Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic.