Dr. Annett C. Richter


Email: annett.richter@ndsu.edu
Office: 218E Music Education


  • B.A., M.A. Martin-Luther-Universit├Ąt Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • M.A., M.M., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Annett C. Richter, a native of Halle, Germany, recently joined the music faculty at North Dakota State University where she teaches music bibliography and research methods. Prior to coming to NDSU, she worked at Minnesota State University Moorhead and at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she taught courses in music history, music appreciation, American music, and writing about music. At Missouri, she also team-taught with faculty members from the Art and Theatre Departments a course for journalism majors in the Carnegie Foundation funded Arts-in-Depth program. Dr. Richter holds Master’s degrees in musicology and in guitar performance from the University of Minnesota and the equivalents of a B.A. and M.A. in British and American Studies from Martin-Luther-Universit├Ąt Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she was awarded the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and a Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant. While completing her dissertation, she also received a Research Assistance Grant from the Sinfonia Educational Foundation.

Dr. Richter’s research has explored intersections between music and the visual arts in three areas: nineteenth- and twentieth-century American vernacular music and painting, nineteenth-century European art music and painting, as well as issues of music, art, and gender in Elizabethan England. She has delivered conference papers nationally and internationally at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Renaissance Society of America, the College Music Society, the North American British Music Studies Association, the Missouri Folklore Society, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, as well as at the Seventeenth Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Edinburgh, Scotland, and The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives symposium at the British Museum in London. Her articles have appeared in Musicological Explorations and in the Proceedings of the 2004 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Richter’s dissertation (2008) focuses on Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) and his connection to music. It casts light on Benton as a remarkable folklorist whose ties to American folk music have long been overlooked. In addition to picturing the very musicians who shaped the folk music scene in early twentieth-century rural America, Benton was also a folk musician himself. He played the harmonica and he collected and transcribed, in his self-invented notation method still used by publishers today, folk songs and fiddle tunes he heard on trips through rural America. He hosted, for several decades, musical gatherings with both folk and classical musicians and avant-garde composers in New York, Kansas City, and on Martha’s Vineyard, and he recorded Saturday Night at Tom Benton’s, an anthology of folk and classically inspired music, with Decca in 1942. Richter’s dissertation combines the analysis of Benton’s visual art, music transcriptions, sound recordings, and sources documenting his multi-faceted life as a musical collector and performer to show that this artist straddled low-brow and high-brow musical cultures, obscured conventional boundaries between folk and classical music, and ultimately created his own unique folk music practices in flux.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Richter has worked as assistant editor for the Austrian History Yearbook at the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She was instrumental in organizing “Religion and Authority,” an international conference hosted by the Center for Austrian Studies in 2006, and served as administrative assistant and coordinator for “Lingering Dissonances,” an interdisciplinary symposium on Richard Wagner, hosted by the University of Minnesota Challey School of Music in 2003. She worked as copy editor for Richard Wagner for the New Millennium: Essays in Music and Culture, ed. Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, Alex Lubet, and Gottfried Wagner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and for the Minnesota Public Radio sponsored 2004 Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest Study Guide.

As a musician, Dr. Richter has been active as guitarist and lutenist. She has presented guitar solo and duo recitals for the Minnesota Guitar Society Local Artist Series. As a student of Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota, she was chosen to perform on the Challey School of Music’s annual String Gala and annual Collage Concert, and tour with the University of Minnesota Concert Choir and. As lutenist, she has appeared in concert with sopranos Linh Kauffman, Candace Magner, and Dawn Sonntag, lutenists Philip Rukavina and Tom Walker, and with Consortium Carrissimi. She is a member of the Minnesota Guitar Society’s Board of Directors and has judged auditions for the Minnesota Guitar Society Youth Guitarathon and for the Schubert Club and Minnesota Music Teachers Association Classical Guitar Annual Scholarship Competitions. More recently, she served as juror for the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition in St. Joseph, Missouri, founded and directed by Anthony Glise. Dr. Richter has organized concerts for the Minnesota Guitar Society and the Mid-Missouri Celtic Arts Association. She also has a long-standing interest in traditional Irish music in the United States and plays Irish flute.

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