Susan Harden Borwick, Professor 1982 –


Phone: (336) 758-5953
Office: M319 Scales Fine Arts Center

Susan H. Borwick, Professor of Music, Wake Forest University, since 1982; Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Musicology, 1977-1982; Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory and Coordinator of History, Theory, and Church Music, 1972-1977.

Ph.D., 1972, the second woman to have earned the Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An ordained minister and former associated faculty of the Wake Forest University Divinity School. BM/theory and composition, BME/vocal music (Baylor), PhD/musicology with an informal minor in music theory (North Carolina at Chapel Hill).  Director of the Women’s Studies Program, Wake Forest (1997-2000); President of the University Senate, Wake Forest (1989-1990); Chair of the Department of Music, Wake Forest (1982-1994).  Assistant professor/theory and musicology, Eastman School of Music (1977-82).  Assistant professor/music history and theory (1972-77) and coordinator of the division of music history, literature, and church music, Baylor School of Music.

Honor and Ethics Council Faculty Member of the Year for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Wake Forest University Judicial Affairs, April 2011; Wake Forest Teaching Innovation Award, 2010-2011; Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service, 2009-2010. Top 5% in teaching effectiveness at Baylor University. One of nine outstanding music graduates, Baylor School of Music 75th anniversary.  ACE Fellow, Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, Robinson Fellow. Former Composer-in-residence, Knollwood Baptist Church.  ASCAP Award.  Composition residency, Wildacres Retreat 2010, 2007.  Guest composition panel, University of North Texas, November 2009.  Discussant on public engagement in the liberal-arts curriculum at the CMS Summit: Community Engagement: Beyond Educational Institutions, 2011.  Presenter on spirituality and the arts at the Parliament of the World’s Religions: Melbourne, Australia 2009; Barcelona, Spain 2004.  Amy Beach residency, Meredith College, 2014; Women’s studies residency, University of New Mexico 2006.  Kurt Weill residency, Meredith College, 2001; Women-and-music residency, Baylor University 1993.

Listed in Who’s Who in AmericaWho’s Who in American Music, and the International Who’s Who in Music.  Interviews on National Public Radio, Swedish National Radio (All-European coverage).  Guest lecturer in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America on spirituality and the arts, twentieth-century music, women and music, women and violence, theory pedagogy.

Published in Opera QuarterlyMusic Library Association NotesThe Society for American Music Journal, Bulletin of the Society for American Music, Journal of ThoughtJournal of Musicological ResearchNational Women’s Studies Association Journal, International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, Proceedings from Women in Higher Education: Traditions, Transitions and (a few) RevolutionsSoutheast Women’s Studies BulletinNational Association of Schools of Music.  Originator and implementer of the first online international Congress by a music organization (Women in Music Connecting the World, Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, featuring performances and concerts, panels and presentations by IAWM members from 31 countries throughout the world, 13-19 April 2015). Nationally published composer of solo vocal, choral, instrumental music by MorningStar Music Publishing (Top Ten Best Selling Choral Anthems), Treble Clef Music Press, Hope Publishing.  Original compositions featured at The Riverside Church and Manhattan School of Music, NYC, across the continent to churches in Seattle, Los Angeles, and along the West Coast, and across the ocean to Great Britain; at the American Choral Directors Association 50th-anniversary National convention and the ACDA Eastern Division Conference; by California All-State Honors, New York All-State Honors, Florida ACDA Intercollegiate Honors, Utah Music Educators Association Honors, and Missota Conference Treble Festival choirs; by professional, university, and high school ensembles and in theatrical productions from the West Coast to the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southern U.S.  Pianist and accompanist featured in performances of original compositions and arrangements throughout the Eastern, Southern, and Southwestern U.S.  Musical collaborator with Dr. Maya Angelou.

International Alliance for Women in Music president (2012-present), vice president (2011-2012), and secretary (2009-2011), National Women’s Studies Association Program Administration and Development Council (2000-2004) and chair, the PA&D Leadership and Mentorship Committee (2000-2004); founder of the NWSA Contemporary Curriculum Transformation Project: Multiplicities of Identities.  Past president and honorary life member, the North Carolina Association of Music Schools. Former chair, Committee on the Status of Women, American Musicological Society; former officer, Southwest Chapter of the AMS; College Music Society (life member); Society for Music Theory; Society for American Music; International Alliance for Women in Music; Music Library Association.  Consultant for national presses, e.g. The University of Illinois Press, Indiana University Press, Peter Lang Press, The University of Texas Press, the NWSA Journal.

Board member and officer, Baptist Women in Ministry, North Carolina, 11 years. Board member, Trinity Center: An Ecumenical Center for Counseling, Spiritual Formation, and Education, 3 years; The North Carolina Alliance of Baptists, 4 years; long range planning committee of the Piedmont Chamber Singers, 1 year.