Suhnne Ahn

Suhnne Ahn

Dr. Ahn has served as House Dean of Harnwell College House since 2002. Before coming to Penn, she held positions at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she served as Director of Student Affairs in the Preparatory Division for four years and where she has remained a faculty member in the Musicology Department of the Conservatory since 1997. She holds a B.A. in Music from Yale (1986), an A.M. in Musicology from Harvard (1990), and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard (1997). Her dissertation, “Genre, Style, and Compositional Procedure in Beethoven's ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, Opus 47,” examines Beethoven’s creative process as well the hybridization of concerto and sonata genre influences contained within. Her work has been published in The Beethoven Violin Sonatas: History, Criticism, Performance by University of Illinois Press, and her scholarship stems from a music performance background in both piano and violin. Current scholarly endeavors are directed toward the ongoing development of a web-based “e-edition” of the violin concerti composed by virtuosi based at the Paris Conservatory during its early formation at the end of the 18th century. For over fifteen years, Dr. Ahn has taught music history surveys and seminars to both undergraduates and graduate students. At Penn, she has developed courses in the critical writing program and cinema studies program including, Elizabeth I: The Lioness Monarch in Film, Composers and their Music in Film, and The Late Great Kate: Katharine Hepburn and an Authentic Life in Film. She has extensive college house experience from her years as an undergraduate of Jonathan Edwards College and as a graduate student serving as Resident Music Tutor of Lowell House. At Harnwell, she has established and cultivated numerous traditions including its annual Sapphire Ball and monthly Dean’s Teas. Sustaining six residential programs, she has also fostered a community enhancing musical and artistic opportunities such as weekly Brandenburg Brunches and initiatives with the College House Music Program.

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