Research Areas: Musicology
Daniel Batchelder is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Musicology at CWRU. He earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Music History and Viola Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and a Master of Studies in Musicology from Oxford University in 2012. His research focuses primarily on film and music drama with particular emphasis on the animated musicals of the Walt Disney studio. He has led CWRU undergraduate courses on the history of rock and the Broadway musical. When he is not researching, Daniel is active as a violist: during his tenure at Case, he has performed on both modern and period instruments, including several concerts with the university’s Baroque ensembles. He has also participated in archival digitization projects for the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. Daniel is currently writing a dissertation on the negotiation of medium, genre, and culture in the Disney studio’s early animated musicals, 1928-1942.