Ben Arnold

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School of Music

Unit Head
Acting Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Lewis Honors Faculty
Coordinator for Musicology and Ethnomusicology
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PhD University of Kentucky, 1986; MM University of Kentucky, 1981; BM University of Kentucky, 1977
Research Areas: Franz Liszt, Music of War

Ben Arnold has published on music written in response to war and on composer Franz Liszt. He is the author of Music and War and published articles or chapters in The Oxford Companion to American Military HistoryThe Musical QuarterlyThe Journal of Musicological ReviewThe Music ReviewInternational Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of MusicMusic and War in the United StatesHolocaust and Genocide StudiesHolocaust and Church Struggle, and Handbook of the Literature and Research of World War Two. His research led to the Emory University Archive of Music and War.

In addition to writing for and editing The Liszt Companion, he has contributed to A Guide to Liszt ResearchNew Perspectives on Liszt and His MusicLiszt and His WorldLiszt and the Birth of Modern Europe: The Bellagio Conference ProceedingsLiszt the ProgressiveLiszt SaeculumLiszt: A Chorus of Voices, and the Journal of the American Liszt Society, for which he was Visiting Editor. 

Arnold has presented papers at conferences around the world. He served as a lecturer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra pre-concert series, the Emory Chamber Music Society, and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. As a pianist, Arnold performs with his wife, soprano Elizabeth Packard Arnold. Performances include an all-Liszt recital in Weimar, Germany, as part of the International Franz Liszt Congress’s 200th-anniversary celebration of his birth and presentations at American Liszt Society’s festivals. 

From 2003 to 2012, Arnold served as Director of the University of Kentucky School of Music. He participated as an evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music. Arnold was on faculty at Emory University for 16 years, serving two terms as Chair of the Music Department and as Director of Graduate Studies in Music. In addition to teaching 19th- and 20th-Century music, he created several new courses.

Arnold serves as coordinator of the University of Kentucky Musicology/Ethnomusicology Division. He teaches undergraduate and graduate music history, including a Freshman Honor’s course, “Music and War Since 1900.” He is Koru certified and concentrates on mindfulness for musicians. In 2021, he taught Koru Mindfulness to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Created 07/07/2021
Last Updated 08/08/2022