Professor Anna Celenza

Anna CelenzaThomas E. Caestecher Professor of Music 

Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in music history and radio journalism. She is the author/editor of several scholarly books, including Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005) and Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (2014). Her most recent book, Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra will appear shortly with Cambridge University Press. She has also published numerous articles on a range of composers, from Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Frank Sinatra.  
In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today and published eight award-winning children’s books, including Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC’s “Music Matters” and “Proms Broadcasts,” and C-Span’s “Book-TV”.