Moore College Faculty Director
Jim Lovensheimer, Associate Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music, has turned a life-long passion for musical theater of all kinds into the focus of his academic research and writing.
His book South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten launched Oxford University Press’s Broadway Legacy Series, and he is currently at work on a critical study of the life and work of Oscar Hammerstein II for the same series. Further, he was honored to give the inaugural lecture in Vanderbilt’s 2011–2012 Chancellor’s Lecture Series on “Why Musicals Matter.” Jim is also deeply interested in nineteenth century music and culture, and his courses on Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler are popular offerings at Blair.
Arriving at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2002 from the Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D., Jim immediately established a communication with his students that reached outside the classroom. He serves as an unofficial artistic mentor for The Original Cast and Vanderbilt Off Broadway, and he has been involved with the Office of Greek Life, AcFee, and other student organizations and activities over the years. In partial recognition of these involvements, Jim was awarded the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and the Chancellor’s Cup, both in 2008. He also was the first recipient of Blair’s Blair Wilson Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and was honored by Vanderbilt’s Greeks with the Heard Award for Professor of the Year in 2009.
As the faculty director of Moore College, Jim developed an even closer relationship with students and other faculty when the campus literally became his home. He continues to write and teach. Future writing projects include constructs of masculinity in 1950s-era American musicals, the cultural and performance history of a theater in Ohio’s first capital, and a volume of essays on various aspects of contemporary culture, musical and otherwise.