Jason Rosenholtz-Witt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Jason Rosenholtz-Witt is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and coordinator of the music program at Oxford College. He earned his PhD in musicology at Northwestern University in 2020. He also is a double bassist with music performance degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (2005) and Colorado State University (2011). After receiving his bachelor’s, he spent four years teaching in Hiroshima, Japan. 

His research focuses on music and politics in late 16th/early 17th century northern Italy, extending into German speaking lands, exploring the ways in which musicians and composers made a living amid larger geopolitical processes. Dr. Rosenholtz-Witt is also interested in the politics of music in 20th century America, especially jazz during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Dr. Rosenholtz-Witt's research has been supported by the Delmas Foundation, the Herzog August Bibliothek, the Newberry Library, and a Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship. He has published on topics ranging from English viol consort music, printed Italian music circulating in seventeenth-century German manuscripts, and avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman and John Cage. His monograph-in-progress, “Between Innovation and Tradition: Musical Life in the Venetian Terraferma, 1550–1650,” recently received a Delmas Foundation grant for future research in several Italian archives.


BM| University of Northern Colorado| 2005

MMus| Colorado State University| 2011

MA| Northwestern University| 2016

PhD| Northwestern University| 2020

Courses Taught

Mus 101 Intro to Music

Mus 114 Intro to Theory and Composition

Mus 200 Music, Culture, and Society

Mus 389R Jazz and the Civil Rights Era

Mus 300V Chamber Ensemble

Mus 310 Applied Music


Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Venetian Research Program Grant, 2018; 2022

Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, 2017-2019

Dr. Gudrun Busch Stipendium für Musikwissenschaft, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, 2017


“Venice without Venice: Traces of Italian Printed Music in German Manuscripts during the Thirty Years War.” In Collections, Books, and Texts: Early Modern German Cultures of the Book, Essays in Honor of Gerhard Dünnhaupt, edited by Mara R. Wade and Kathleen M. Smith. Brill, forthcoming 2021.

Contributing author, “Merlo’s Map: The Religious Geography of Venice.” Part of Religious Change, 1450–1700. Newberry Library, 2017: http://publications.newberry.org/venice/

Beyond the Score: Charlotte Moorman and John Cage’s 26' 1.1499' for a String Player.” In A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-1980s, edited by Corinne Granoff and Lisa Corrin, 28–39. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016.

“The Instrumentation of Orlando Gibbons’ Dooble Base Fantasias.” The Viol 25 (Winter 2011–12): 23–28.


Upcoming talks:

“Venice as a Musical Commodity in Early Modern Germany: A Frontispiece Collage, c. 1638.” Lovis Corinth Colloquium XI, Customized Books in Early Modern Europe, 1400–1700, Emory University, October 2021.

“Musica, crisi, e la politica della Riforma a Bergamo nel primo Seicento,” March 15, 2022, L’ateneo di scienze, letere, i arti di Bergamo, Venezia 1600 [series of public lectures on occasion of Venice’s 1600th birthday], March 2022.

“Artistic Expenditure, Musical Repertoire, and the Politics of Reform in Early Seventeenth-Century Bergamo.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Dublin, April 2022.

Research Interests

Music and Geopolitics, particularly Bergamo and the Venetian Republic, ca. 1550-1650; Jazz and Civil Rights; Music Printing and Publishing; John Cage and Fluxus; Performance Practices