Drew Edward Davies

Associate Professor, Musicology


Drew Edward Davies

PhD, University of Chicago

Director of Graduate Music Studies. Drew Edward Davies is a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century musics in Latin America, Iberia, and the wider European context, with a complementary interest in the music of 20th-century Britain.

Professor Davies works through academic scholarship, including the edition and cataloguing of primary sources, as well as through collaboration with performing groups such as the Newberry Consort and the Chicago Arts Orchestra to revive repertoires of early modern music. His critical edition of the music of an 18th-century Roman composer in New Spain, Santiago Billoni: Complete Works, is available from A-R Editions, and his thematic catalog of the music archive at Durango Cathedral, Mexico, is published by the press of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In preparation is a monograph entitled Music and Devotion in New Spain.

His articles about Hispanic repertoires and reviews appear in journals such as Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, Sanctorum, Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia, Journal of the Society for American Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Heterofonía, and BoletínMúsica (Havana), as well as in the essay collections The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Music and Urban Society in Colonial Latin America, and La ópera en el templo: Estudios sobre el compositor Francisco Javier García Fajer. In 2011, the journal Early Music awarded his article “Villancicos for the Virgin of Guadalupe from Mexico City” with the inaugural J. M. Thomson prize, and the Society for American Music recognized his PhD dissertation, “The Italianized Frontier: Music at Durango Cathedral, Español Culture, and the Aesthetics of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century New Spain, with 2006 Wiley Housewright Award.

Professor Davies is also Academic Coordinator of the Mexico City-based “Musicat” project, the Seminario de Música en la Nueva España y el México Independiente (Seminar on the Music of New Spain and Independent Mexico), and has presented at academic conferences and early music festivals throughout the USA, and in Mexico, Canada, the UK, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Cuba, Poland, and Japan.