Acting Director, School of Music
Ph.D., New York University
Janet Hathaway holds the Ph.D. and M.A. (historical musicology) from New York University and the B.M. (music history) from University of North Texas. Her primary areas of research include devotional music in public ceremonies in 17th-century Madrid and music and identity in early modern Spanish convents.
She has co-authored a descriptive catalogue of early imprints of Spanish song texts in the Hispanic Society of America and the New York Public Library (Reichenberger, 2007). Her article on devotional music and public celebrations appears in Devotional Music in the Iberian World, 1450–1800 (Ashgate, 2007), which received the 2008 Robert M. Stevenson Award for outstanding scholarship in Iberian music.
Other publications include an article on music and censure in 17th-century Madrid in Acta musicologica and an article, “Spirituality and Devotional Music in the Royal Convent of the Descalzas, Madrid," in the Journal of Musicological Research. Professor Hathaway has presented papers at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, as well as at the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Studies International Symposium and the annual meeting of the Association (formerly Society) for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Her dissertation, Cloister, Court and City: Musical Activity of the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Madrid), ca. 1620-1700, concerns convents, chapels, and devotional music in 17th-century Madrid.
Professor Hathaway received a Fulbright fellowship to carry out dissertation research in Spain.
While in New York, she remained active as a performer of Baroque and Renaissance flutes, playing with such groups as BachWorks and the Washington Bach Consort. She has also performed with the Madison Bach Musicians. Professor Hathaway directs the NIU Early Music Ensemble, which performs repertory from the Middle Ages through J.S. Bach.