Music Department Faculty

Daniel M. Callahan

Associate Professor




Daniel Callahan is a musicologist and dance scholar who researches how music has moved people - dancers, musicians, orchestra conductors, and audiences - from the late nineteenth century to the present. His book The Dancer from the Music (Oxford University Press, under contract) explores how US modern dance developed out of, depended on, contributed to, and eventually distanced itself from canonical concert music. The American Musicological Society awarded him both the 2019 Alfred Einstein Award and the 2019 Philip Brett Award for his article, “The Gay Divorce of Music and Dance: Choreomusicality and the Early Works of Cage-Cunningham,” published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Callahan was in residence at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as the 2019–2020 Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow, working on his second book, Conducting Oneself: Bodies, Identities, and Power on the Podium, which examines how orchestra conductors choreograph, legitimate, and limit their movements on the podium and off, from conservatories to coveted positions. In Fall 2022 he will be a Visiting Associate Professor in Harvard's Department of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College, he was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.