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Understanding music requires us to ask questions, to listen with open, generous, curious minds. This sense of discovery is what I try to bring to my own work, and it permeates my classrooms as well.
Rebecca Cypess is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Mason Gross and an Associate Professor in the Music Department. She is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and artistic practice; enhancing the school’s climate and its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and promoting the work of Mason Gross’s faculty, students, and staff. From 2018 to 2020, Cypess served as Associate Director of the Music Department, where she worked to enrich the department’s academic and artistic life while advancing initiatives that increased operational clarity and amplified the voices of students. In her teaching and research, Cypess specializes in the history, interpretation, and performance practices of music in 17th- and 18th-century Europe and America, as well as music in Jewish culture, music in the history of science, and women in music. Prior to her appointment at Rutgers in 2012, Cypess served on the Music History faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Rebecca Cypess is the author of Women and Musical Salons in the Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2022); Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo’s Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2016); and over two dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is co-editor of the volumes Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy: New Perspectives (Indiana University Press, 2022) and Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin (University of Rochester Press, 2018). A performer on historical keyboard instruments, Cypess directs the Raritan Players, which is devoted to the exploration of little-known compositions and performance practices of the eighteenth century. The group’s recordings have been called “simply mesmerizing” (Early Music America), “enchanting” (Classics Today), and an “unexpected treasure . . . this album could be better only if they could find a way to scent it with freshly-baked cookies” (American Record Guide).