Julia Randel is an associate professor of music and is the Music Department Chair. She teaches courses in music history and world music, including Music Literature before 1700, History and Literature of the Symphony, History and Literature of Opera, and the Seminar in Music. Her research centers on European music of the 19th and 20th centuries, in particular the intersections of music with dance, literature and drama.

Dr. Randel is also affiliated with the Mellon Scholars Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and served as Director of Global Learning from 2012–2014. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, she received grants from the college to conduct collaborative research with students. Several of her students have presented their work at the National Celebration of Undergraduate Research, and one student’s work was selected for presentation at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., in April 2012. In the spring of 2012, with the support of a New Directions Initiatives grant from the Great Lakes College Association, she spent a month in Spain following the route of the 1916–18 tours by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.


  • Ph.D., historical musicology, Harvard, 2004; dissertation: “Dancing With Stravinsky: Balanchine, Agon, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and the Language of Classical Ballet”
  • MA, musicology, University of Georgia, 1997
  • MM, tuba performance, University of Kentucky, 1996
  • BA, literature, Magna cum laude, Yale, 1993

Professional Experience

Before joining the faculty at Hope in 2005, Dr. Randel taught at Harvard and the University of Georgia. She has presented her work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society of Dance History Scholars, Feminist Theory and Music, and Congress on Research in Dance; at symposia of the Harvard Theatre Collection on George Balanchine and on Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes; and at the international conference Moving Dialogues, on relationships between music and dance.

Outside the College

In her spare time, Dr. Randel still enjoys dusting off her tuba and her ballet shoes from time to time (though usually not at the same time), reading and writing for fun, and spending time with her husband and 12-year-old daughter.

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