Berthold Hoeckner

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Department Chair

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S502A O'Neill Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Department Chair


Ph.D., Cornell University

M.Mus., King's College London

Research Interests

  • Music since 1800
  • Aesthetics
  • Adorno
  • Music in audiovisual culture
  • Music and memory
  • Music and emotions
  • Cognitive and social psychology of music


Berthold Hoeckner taught at the University of Chicago from 1994 until 2021 as a Professor of Music and Humanities in the Department of Music and the College, chairing the Department from 2017-2021. He served as associate faculty in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and as affiliate faculty in the Department of Germanic Studies.

Honors and Fellowships include the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, a Humboldt Research Fellowship, a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and a Franke Institute of the Humanities Research Fellowship. His most recent book Film, Music, Memory was published in 2019 by the University of Chicago Press in the Cinema and Modernity Series edited by Tom Gunning.

At Notre Dame, he is chair of the Department of Music, a faculty fellow of the Nanovic Institute, and a concurrent faculty member in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.