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Virginia Lamothe

Virginia Lamothe

Dr. Virginia Lamothe has been a Lecturer in Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN since 2008.  Virginia teaches a number of courses on the history of classical music, popular music, and First Year Seminar.  She completed her dissertation, “The Theater of Piety: Sacred Operas for the Barberini family (1632-1643)” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the Direction of Tim Carter.  She was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy as well as a first-prize winner of the Lemmermann Foundation award.  She has given papers at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth Century Music, and specialized conferences on performance practice.  Virginia is the founder and director of the Belmont in Rome study abroad program. She has served as movement director and choreographer for Belmont Theater’s Production of 33 Variations, and Belmont Opera Theater’s Dido and Aeneus, and Crooked River Town.  Virginia is also interested in the scholarship of online teaching and learning, and has co-written a paper to be presented and published as part of the 10th international conference of Research in Music Education in Bath-Spa, England.  Currently, she is working on a book project that explores the interactions of popular music, theater, and culture at the turn of the twentieth century titled Music for the Majestic Theater (1903-1911).



Curriculum Development for Online Education, eds. Carol Johnson and Virginia Christy Lamothe. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2018 (forthcoming).


“Understanding Martyr Saints on Stage and Papal Exhortations during the Thirty Years’ War.” Journal of the Society for Seventeenth Century Music (Spring 2017, forthcoming).

“A Tale of Two Entrate: Processions, Politics, and Patronage for the Habsburgs in Seventeenth Century Rome” In A Companion to Music at the Habsburg Courts in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries ed. Andrew Weaver.  Boston: Brill, 2017 (forthcoming).

“Fanning the Flames of Love: Hidden Performance Solutions for Claudio Monteverdi’s Ballo delle ingrate found in Renaissance Dance.” In Performance Practice, Issues and Approaches; (Proceedings of the Conference held at Rhodes College, Memphis TN March 4-6, 2007), 97–108. Ed. Timothy Watkins. Ann Arbor: Steglein Press, 2009.

“Dancing at a Wedding: Some Thoughts on Performance Issues in Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Lasciate i monti’ (Orfeo, 1607).” Early Music 36 (November, 2008): 533–546.


The Ruined Bridge: Studies in Barberini Patronage of Music and Spectacle 1631 – 1679. By Frederick Hammond. Sterling Heights, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2010. Reviewed for the Journal of Seventeenth Century Music 20 (2017, forthcoming).