Anne Adele Levitsky is a scholar and performer of medieval vernacular song, in particular troubadour lyric poetry, and its connections to the larger cultural milieu of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in May 2018. At present, she is Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Dixie State University, and has taught previously at Columbia University and Stony Brook University. As an academic, she is interested in medieval vernacular song, poetry, and narrative literature, and she is currently at work on two projects. The first, Sound(ing) Bodies: Song and Materiality in Troubadour Lyric Poetry, is under contract with Liverpool University Press for their series Exeter Studies in Medieval Culture (LUP 2022). It reads troubadour lyric poetry in the context of philosophical, theological, and medical writings available in the twelfth century, and uses this anaytical frame to employ new methods for the analysis of medieval monophonic song. The second project, Singing in the Reign: Song, Grammar, and Politics in the Thirteenth-Century Northern Mediterranean, explores how song is used in the courts of the northern Mediterranean in the thirteenth century to produce specific notions of space and geography, and demonstrates how Occitan song and grammars were involved in the (re)formation of these regimes. Dr. Levitsky is also interested in the presence and role of medievalisms in popular music, especially in heavy metal.
She supplements this academic interest in vernacular song with an active performance career, and has studied and performed lyric poetry with the Narbonne-based Troubadours Art Ensemble, and recorded troubadour and trouvère songs both with the group and as a soloist. Dr. Levitsky performs regularly in the New York area with several professional vocal groups, including as a member of the professional octet at St. Michael's Church on 99th and Amsterdam, with ensemble Fractio Modi (of which she is a founding member) and with chamber ensemble GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, singing an eclectic mix of repertoire from the 12th to the 21st centuries (including a June 2013 performance with the Rolling Stones in Washington, DC). In addition to her choral performances, she studies voice privately in the city. Dr. Levitsky has also served as the director of the Collegium Musicum, one of Columbia University's leading choral ensembles.