The College of Arts and Architecture

Alanna Ropchock Tierno


Alanna Ropchock Tierno (’09 BA, MA) will present a paper entitled “Anything but Ordinary: Polytextuality in Early Lutheran Masses” at this year’s American Musicology Society conference this November in Boston, MA. 

Alanna’s presentation derives from a chapter in her forthcoming book on the polyphonic mass in the early Lutheran liturgy.  Her broad research interest in sacred music developed out of her performance background as an organist and church musician.  She has spoken at conferences and colloquia throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and her work appears in “Notes,” “Nota Bene,” and various conference proceedings.  Her research has been supported by a Fulbright grant to Germany in 2013-14, and a summer residency with the Penn State Institute of the Arts and Humanities in 2009.  Recently, she was awarded a grant from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuttel, where she  conducted research for her book in the summer of 2017.

Alanna received her BA (music) and MA (musicology) from Penn State, and completed her PhD in musicology at Case Western University.  She is currently Auxiliary Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History at Shenandoah Conservatory.