• Dr. Rosa Abrahams, Ursinus Music Faculty

Rosa Abrahams

Assistant Professor of Music

Originally from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Dr. Abrahams holds a Ph.D. in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University, where her research focused on ritual music and embodied experience. She also holds a M.M. in music theory and cognition from Northwestern University and a B.M. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Dr. Abrahams’s work is interdisciplinary in nature, centering around analytical approaches to oral tradition musics, especially in the integration of music analysis and ethnographic methods. Her published work on this topic appears in the Analytical Approaches to World Music journal. Dr. Abrahams is particularly interested in embodied musical experiences and how they are articulated through language and music analysis. Her primary scholarship focuses on metrical interactions between body movements and vocal meter in Jewish and Greek Orthodox liturgical chant. Other areas of interest include the music of Gustav Mahler and Jewish identity, music theory pedagogy, and philosophy of music. Dr. Abrahams has presented her original research at conferences in the United States and internationally, including the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Analytical Approaches to World Music International Conferences, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US and Canada), Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and “Magnified & Sanctified”: the first International Academic Conference on the Music of Jewish Prayer.




B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

M.M., Northwestern University

Ph.D., Northwestern University


Abrahams, Rosa. 2019. “Mimicry as Music Analysis.” Analytical Approaches to World Music, Volume 7, No. 2.