Karen Cook

Dr. Karen Cook has taught music theory and history at Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory, Peabody Preparatory, and Duke University, where she also directed the Duke Collegium Musicum. She is an active singer and performer of both early and contemporary music.

Dr. Cook's research focuses primarily on medieval and Renaissance music theory and performance, specifically on the development of musical notation in both music manuscripts and theoretical treatises between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is currently working on a new critical edition of the treatise "De arte cantus" by Johannes Pipudi, as well as a monograph exploring the development of notation in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. She also maintains active research interests in popular and contemporary music, especially on music as a means of creating identities in television, film, and video games; the history of the Sistine Chapel Choir; and the role of music in religious worship, particularly in medieval, early modern, and American Christian traditions. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, notably the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, and the North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Her latest publication is “Music, History, and Progress in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV," in Music and Video Games: Studying Play, Routledge Music and Screen Media Series, edited by K.J. Donnelly, William Gibbons, and Neil Lerner, 166-182. New York: Routledge, 2014.