Nalini Ghuman Curriculum Vitae

PhD, University of California at Berkeley, History and Literature of Music, and Ethnomusicology

MA, The Queen's College, University of Oxford, Music

MMus with Distinction, King's College, University of London, Historical Musicology

BA with First-Class Honours, The Queen's College, University of Oxford, Music

Courses Taught
MUS 001: Eco-Musicology Module
MUS 005: Harmony and Counterpoint
MUS 056: Musical Form and Chromatic Harmony
MUS 101: 20th-Century Styles and Techniques I: 1900–1945
MUS 116/016: Women in Creative Music
MUS 118: Classic and Romantic Music
MUS 131/231: The Mills Performance Collective (Chamber Music)
MUS 137/237: Graduate/Senior Seminar in Music Literature and Criticism

Nationalism and Music
Orientalism and Music
Music and Culture in fin-de-siècle France
Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky

MUS 141: The Music of India
MUS 163: The World of Opera
MUS 180/280: Special Topics in Music: Nationalism
MUS 250: Thesis for Master’s Degree
MUS 160/260: Practicum: individual studies in Musicology or Ethnomusicology


Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897-1947 (Oxford, New York, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, newly-released, 2014): 368 pages, 53 figures and 81 examples. ISBN: 9780199314898

This book examines the ramifications of the ‘intertwined and overlapping histories’ of Britain and India on English music in the first half of the twentieth century. Through new archival sources and a reinterpretation of six significant figures—Maud MacCarthy, Gustav Holst, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Edward Elgar, Amy Woodforde-Finden, and John Foulds—this extensively-illustrated book reintegrates music into the cultural history of empire.

Resonances of the Raj at Oxford University Press with Companion Website

See also: Special Book Launch Concert for Resonances of the Raj at Mills College on Sunday, September 14 at 4:00 pm

Book Chapters
“An Imperial Leitmotif: Elgar's Pageant of Empire,” in Exhibiting the Empire: Cultures of display and the British Empire, eds. John AcAleer and John MacKenzie (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming, 2014).

“‘Persian Composer-Pianist Baffles’: Kaikhosru Sorabji's ‘Oriental Orientalism’” in Western Music and Race, ed. Julie Brown (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 125-43. This volume is the Ruth A. Solie Award Prize Winner for outstanding collection of essays 2008.

“Elgar and the British Raj: Can the Mughals March?” in Elgar and His World, ed. Byron Adams (Princeton University Press, 2007) pp. 249-85.

"The Third E: Elgar and Englishness," The Elgar Society Journal (November 2007): 5-12.

‘Indian Music and the BBC: John Foulds and Walter Kaufmann’. In preparation

“John Foulds’ World Requiem: A Cenotaph in Sound”. In preparation.

“Women without Shadows, or Men without Qualities?–Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Die Frau ohne Schatten”. In preparation.

‘MacCarthy, Maud’, New Grove Dictionary of Music (in preparation).

Selected Book Reviews and Program Essays
Book Review, Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait, for The Elgar Society Journal (2008).

October 2007, "Absolute and Program Music: English Music at the Turn of the Century", Bard Music Festival (NY), Program Essay

August 2007, "The Imperial Self-Portrait", Bard Music Festival (NY), Program Essay

February 2010, “Schubert’s Real Swan-Song: Winterreise,” CAL Performances Spring Program Brochure (February 2010), pp.5-8. [Essay]

Papers Presented: Conferences, Lectures, and Invited Talks

June 2014, “Colonialisms and Musical Practices”—Panel with Jann Pasler, David Gramit, and Adalyat Issyeva, and Chair of “Notions of Empire” Session, at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Toronto.

April 2014, ‘Orientalism, Othering and the Security State: Structural Islamophobia’, Panel Chair, Fifth Annual International Conference on Islamophobia Studies: Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley.

November, 2013, ‘The “Real Pioneers” of Indian Music Studies in the West’, paper presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s 58th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hosted by Indiana University Bloomington.

September 2011, Invited speaker at International Interdisciplinary Conference, “Staging Empire-the 1911 Imperial durbar at Delhi” jointly hosted by the German Historical Institute, London and the Department of History at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

November 2011, Keynote lecturer at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, for the Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI)’s Annual Event in conjunction with the Maharaja Exhibition: “The ‘Indian’ films of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.”

January 2012, Program commentary for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Shakespeare” Concert to be broadcast on air on 404 stations for about 1 million listeners.

December 2011, Featured Speaker at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco’s special event “Baat Cheet: A Feast of Talks about Indian Culture: Ten Bay Area taste-makers who give presentations about the impact of Indian culture and art on their creative work.”

April 2011, Invited lecturer at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Friday Lecture series. Multi-media presentation: “Exploring the Science and Mystery of Music in Mughal India through Sound and Image.”

November 2010, Paper on John Foulds and Maud MacCarthy at the American Musicological Society’s Annual Meeting, Indianapolis.

July 2010, “John Foulds’s A World Requiem: ‘A Cenotaph in Sound’”—invited opening speaker for the two-day international conference: "Conflict, Memory, and Memorialisation: War and European Culture in the Twentieth Century" at The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University (UK).

June 2010, Invited speaker: Research Seminar/Colloquium at York University (UK)—“Modes, Mantras and Gandharvas: John Foulds and Maud MacCarthy’s Passage to India.”

March 2010, Sightlines Lecture: CAL Performances Pre-Concert Talk on Schubert’s Winterreise performed by Ian Bostridge, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA.

February 2010, Mills College, Faculty Noon Seminar Presentation

November 2009, “Mozart’s Last Commission: the Story behind the Requiem”— Lecture for prospective students and parents at Mills College

September 2009, Yale University: Inaugural Lecture, British Music Seminar Series: “Modes, Mantras and Gandharvas: John Foulds and Maud MacCarthy’s Passage to India.”

February 2009, “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on le Boeuf sur le toit”—a public lecture for the Mills Music Festival 2009 for the event "Darius Milhaud's Brazilian Connection: An In-Depth Discussion."

February 2009, “The String Music of Benjamin Britten and William Walton,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture for CAL Performances, UC Berkeley

August 2008, BBC Radio 3: Presenter, The Essay, "Elgar and Englishness" Programme, London

March 2008, Pre-concert lecture on 20th-century women composers in Wales: “Aphrodite’s Muse”–a concert for International Women’s Day by Chora Nova, First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA, and at California State University, East Bay

October 2007, Royal Holloway, University of London, Visiting Lecturer, “Orientalism and the (Post-Colonial) Musical World”

August 2007, Bard Music Festival (NY) International Symposium "Charles Darwin and Cardinal Newman: Religion, Science, and Technology in the Elgarian Era," Exile prevented me from taking up this Invitation.

June 2007, BBC Radio 3: Presenter, The Essay,

May 2007, BBC Radio 3: Contributer, Sunday Feature, "Elgar and Empire"

November 2006, American Musicological Society Annual National Meeting, Los Angeles, California, “Elephants and Mughals, Contraltos and G-Strings: How Elgar Got His Englishness;” paper read by the chair, due to my exile.

November 2004, American Musicological Society Annual National Meeting, Seattle, Washington: ‘Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar": Memory, Myth, and Loss in the Anglo-Indian Imagination

November 2004, Imperialism and Western Music, panelist, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

November 2004, Society for Ethnomusicology, Annual Meeting, Tucson Arizona

November 2002, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio: Holst's ‘Hinglish' Hymns: Intercultural Translation in the Anglo-Indian Colonial Encounter

October 2002, Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Boulder, Colorado

October 2002, American Musicological Society Chapter Meeting, Berkeley, CA.

October 2002, ‘Western Music and Racial Discourses, 1883-1933', conference at the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London (UK)

July 2002, ‘Romantic Orientalism', conference held at the University of Wales, in Gregynog (UK)

2011-Present, Associate Professor of Music, Mills College

2009-Present, Asian Studies Faculty Member, Mills College

2008-2011, Assistant Professor of Music, Mills College

2006-2008, In exile from the United States

2003-2006, Assistant Professor of Music, Mills College

2000-2001, Pianist and Assistant to the Director for University Chorus, University of California at Berkeley

1997-1999, Graduate Student Instructor in Music History and Theory courses, UC Berkeley

1997-2001, Editor/Editorial Board, repercussions Journal (UC Berkeley)

1999-2000, (Summers) University of Wales, Aberystwyth: Research Assistant to P. A. Singh Ghuman (Head of Education Department and Chair of Ethnic Minority Education) for his book, Double Loyalties: South Asian Adolescents in the West (University of Wales Press, 2003)

Professional Membership
The American Musicological Society

The Society for Ethnomusicology (USA)

The Royal Musical Association (UK)

North American British Music Studies Association


Reviewer for Academic Presses and scholarly journals, such as the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology Journal, and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

Schola Cantorum San Francisco

Grants and Awards
June 2014: Publication Subvention for my new book, Resonances of the Raj (OUP), from the Manfred Bukofzer Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2014, Resonances of the Raj, my new book with Oxford University Press, has been awarded an AMS 75 PAYS publication subvention from the American Musicological Society. Funded in part through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AMS 75 PAYS Subventions provide support for the publication of first books by scholars in the early stages of their career.

2013, Mills College Travel Grant to present my work at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Annual Meeting (Indianapolis)

2011-2012, Meg Quigley Women’s Studies Fellowship

2011, Nominated for Senior Pin by the Class of 2012, Mills College; honored by the students at the Senior Dinner

2011-2012, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Distinguished Member: Honorary Lifetime Award

2011, Mills College Travel Grant to present my work at the American Musicological Society’s Annual Meeting (Indianapolis)

2010-2011, Mills College Faculty Research Grant for book-related Research and Performance Project

2010, Mills College Faculty Research Grant

October 2009, My research on Maud MacCarthy was the subject of the leading article in the Mills College Women’s Studies Newsletter (Fall 2009).

2010, 2009, Meg Quigley Women’s Studies Summer Research Grant

2009-2010, Mills College Faculty Research Grant for travel, and research on John Foulds and Maud MacCarthy

2009-2010, Mills College Faculty Development Award for course on Nationalism and Music

2008-2009, Mills College Faculty Development Award to design “Music of India” course

2007, American Musicological Society: Membership and Professional Development Award

2006-2007, 2005-2004, Mills College Faculty Research Grants for travel and research on Elgar, Holst and Sorabji

2004, Clair Ahern Shaklee Fine Arts Endowment Fund Award: to direct a staged production of Holst's opera Savitri and Milhaud's opera Les malheurs d'Orphée at Mills College, October 2004

2002-2003, Elizabeth Tuckerman Foundation Scholarship Award for graduate studies

2001-2002, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship (University of California, Berkeley)

2001-2002, American Musicological Society 50 Alvin Johnson Dissertation Fellowship

2002, Humanities Research Grant, UC Berkeley

2000, Music Department Research Grant, UC Berkeley

1997-2000, Music Department Three-year Fellowship, UC Berkeley

1997-1998, Sheridan and Betsy Warrick Music Scholarship (UCB)

1996-1997, Alfred Hertz Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Study (UCB)

1995-1996, Humanities Research Board of the British Academy: Grant for post-graduate study at King's College, London

1995-1996, Royal Academy of Music/King's College, Award for Piano Studies

1991-1993, The Queen's College, Oxford: Choral Scholar

September 2014, Resonances of the Raj: Book Launch Concert, featuring a historic reconstruction of the John Foulds Indo-European Ensemble from All India Radio, along with music by Gustav Holst, Liza Lehmann, Amy Woodforde-Finden, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Edward Elgar, and the US premiere of the surviving Lento Quieto from Foulds’ last quartet. Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, 14 September, 4:00 pm

November 2013, Pianist in Britten’s Vocal Legacy, part of the Britten 100 Events Worldwide, concerts to mark the 100th birthday of the British composer Benjamin Britten–in venues in San Francisco and Lafayette (CA). Program included the canticle, Abraham and Isaac, for piano, countertenor and tenor, Corpus Christie Carol, Sally Gardens and O Waly, Waly.

October 2013, Violinst and Soprano soloist, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 with California Bach Society; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto

December 2012, Percussionist and Soprano Soloist, with California Bach Society in Christmas in Antwerp and Amsterdam; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto

December 2011, Soprano with California Bach Society in A Belén: Villancicos from the New World and the Iberian Peninsula; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto

October 2011, Soprano I with Schola Cantorum San Francisco: D. Scarlatti’s 10-part Stabat Mater, Allegri’s Miserere, and Caldara’s 16-part Crucifixus

May 2011, Pianist in Brahms’s Quartetten, Op.92 and 112: Brahms and the German Legacy presented by California Bach Society; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto. “Finally, one excellent chamber choir came up with a program worthy of ‘Johannes Brahms and the German Legacy.’ This chorus of 28 is finely balanced, each section truly blended and exquisitely pitch-centered throughout the entire concert … with the Brahmsian keyboard artfulness beautifully rendered by Nalini Ghuman.” – Robert Commanday, SF Classical Voice.

March 2011, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto: “The concert was masterly, a revelation to hear such impeccable ensemble and brilliantly sensitive interpretation.” – Dr. George Houle, Emeritus Professor Music, Stanford University, quoted on CBS publicity materials.

December 2010, Soprano, and Soloist, with the California Bach Society in Rosenmüller’s Weinachtshistorie; Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto (December, 2010): “a professional ensemble capable of every expressive nuance and glorious ensemble sound” – Review, SF Classical Voice.

May 2010, Soprano/Ancilla in J.S. Bach’s Passion According to Saint John, California Bach Society, directed by Paul Flight: “Bach’s great Passion According to Saint John was given eloquent voice by the California Bach Society Sunday afternoon at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley”- San Francisco Classical Voice

February 2010, Piano: Recital of French Mélodies by Fauré, Debussy, Chaminade, Chausson, Massenet, and Gounod, with countertenor Paul Flight at First Congregational Church of Berkeley.

December 2009, Soprano with Schola Cantorum San Francisco, three concerts presented by San Francisco Early Music Society; Noontime Series, Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco. “Among the very best choirs in the Nation,” David Graham, Royal College of Music.

May 2009, Soprano with Mark Morris Dance Group: Handel, L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley CA; Jane Glover, conductor

May 2009, Pianist in Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and Orff’s Catulli Carmina with Chora Nova; First Congregational Church, Berkeley

March 2009, Soprano I: Steffani Stabat Mater and Biber Requiem, California Bach Society; conductor Paul Flight, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Palo Alto

March 2009, Soprano Soloist (with Ann Moss) in Kodaly’s Missa Brevis with Chora Nova, First Congregational Church, Berkeley: “spine tingling stratospheric excesses” – Review (of soprano soloists), Piedmont Post

May 2008, Pianist in all Brahms concert, First Congregational Church, Berkeley: Brahms' Requiem with Chora Nova, (Brahms’ piano 4-hands arrangement); Brahms’ Vier Ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs) Op.121 with Paul Flight; Brahms’ Begräbnissgesang

March 2008, Pianist in Aphrodite’s Muse—a concert for International Women’s Day by Chora Nova, First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA and at California State University, East Bay

February 2008, Soprano I, Scarlatti Stabat Mater (10 parts), California Bach Society, conductor Paul Flight, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Palo Alto

December 2008, Soprano in concert set with Schola Cantorum San Francisco and The New Century Chamber Orchestra, director: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg, Herbst Theater, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and San Rafael. Choral Music by Buxtehude, Brumel, Pedro de Cristo and Clarice Assad

March 2006, Co-founder of The Haydn Singers, San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir. Inaugural concerts, Palo Alto and Berkeley, CA

November/December 2005, Violinist in Schütz's ‘Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich'; SWV 354 and ‘Es Steh Gott Auf' SWV 356; Pianist in Brahms' Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op.91, Mills Performance Collective, Concert Hall

October 2004, Co-Director of Gustav Holst's Sāvitri and Darius Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphée, produced in the Concert Hall, Mills College for the annual concert in honour of Darius Milhaud

February 2004, Pianist in Meredith Monk's Ellis Island, a work for two pianos. Performed at the Meredith Monk celebration held at Mills College Concert Hall. “This was the best performance of my piece that I’ve never heard”—Monk (personal correspondence to Bulwinkle).

November/December 2003, Solo Pianist in Brahms’ Nänie and Schicksalslied, along with music by Liszt, Berlioz, Schubert, and Mendelssohn—UC Berkeley University Choir, Hertz Hall and First Congregational Church, Berkeley.

September 2003, Vox Populi (soprano I) CD release: Songs of Love, Lament and Praise— music by Palestrina, Byrd, Josquin Desprez, and Morales.

2003, 2002, and 2000, Soprano, Philharmonia Baroque and Mark Morris Dance Group: Handel, L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato and Vivaldi Gloria, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley CA; Nicholas McGegan, conductor.

2000, Piano I, UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky, Symphony of Psalms, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA

2001, Soloist in Schütz's Musicalische Exequien, UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus

October 2000, Solo Piano Recital, UC Berkeley Concert Series, Hertz Hall—Music by Berg, Scarlatti, Debussy and Brahms

Selected Performances Prior to 2000
Solo Piano Recitals, Oxford University Music Society Series, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England and at the Joseph Parry Hall, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales

Choral Scholar, The Queen’s College Chapel Choir, Oxford University. CD of Howells and Leighton (ASV CD DCA851) was “Critics Choice” in Gramophone; “Superb choral singing”—Review, Classic CD

Vocalist in ConFusion, Celtic-Indian group formed at the International House, Berkeley; performances at Asha’s Images of India Cultural Show, Berkeley, and at Gay Pride, San Francisco; Butterflies album recorded

Soprano in Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble, a mixed-voice a cappella group specializing in Renaissance music. CD recorded.

Administrative Service at Mills College
2014-Curricular Transformation Taskforce, appointed by Provost and Dean of the Faculty

2012-present, Governance Task Force Member, appointed by President

2012, Academic Integrity and Conduct Hearing Board

2010-present, Fulbright Committee, Member (ongoing)

2008-2010, Faculty Advisor for Living and Learning Communities: Diversity and Social Justice (2008-2009), and Music (2009-2010 and 2010-2011)

2009-2011, Faculty Coordinator for team-taught course, Music 001

2008-2011, Diversity Committee, Member

2008-2010, Queer Studies Initiative, Faculty Member

2009-2010, Fine Arts Division Secretary (and 2004-2005)

2008-2009, Concert Series Committee Member, Music Department (and 2003-2006)

2005-2006, Co-Chair, Committee on Admissions and Enrollment Management, Mills College (active member from 2004)

2005-2006, Faculty Search Committee for Associate Professor of Dance

2003-2006, Work with Office of Institutional Advancement at Mills College to generate donors and grants for the Music Department

2003-2006, Faculty Library Liaison, Music Department

2003-2006, Director, The Mills Performance Collective, Chamber Music Coaching Course and Concert Series