R. Harrison Kelton, PhD

Associate Professor, World Languages & Cultural Studies

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Professor Kelton has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska (1965), a M.M. in Organ from the New England Conservatory of Music (1967) and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Boston University (1974). He teaches a wide variety of music history courses, including History of Music I and II, Music of the Twentieth Century, Music of the United States, History of Women in Music, Jazz, World Music, Music of Beethoven and Music of Mozart. His particular areas of interest include keyboard music, Baroque music, sacred choral music, performance practice in early music, and pipe organ literature and performance. Professor Kelton is an active figure in the Massachusetts classical music scene, performing annual organ recitals at St Paul's Cathedral and First Parish, Lexington; directing annual choral concerts for St Andrews, Wellesley and Christ Church, Needham; and playing continuo for Wellesley Choral Society Concerts, in addition to participating as board member for national organizations such as the Association of Anglican Musicians' Annual Convention (1999) and the Organ Historical Society Annual Convention (2000). As an undergraduate, Professor Kelton was Phi Beta Kappa and Outstanding Chemistry student, and in his graduate work and beyond he has held multiple teaching fellowships and earned a number of honors from the American Guild of Organists, including first place in the Midwestern Regional Student Organ competition (1965) and the S. Lewis Elmer Award for Highest Score on the A.G.O. national exams (1984).


  • PhD, Boston University
  • MM, New England Conservatory of Music
  • BS, University of Nebraska
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