John Koegel is Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at California State University, Fullerton. He researches musical life in California; Mexican music, particularly musical and theatrical life in Mexican Los Angeles and Southern California; and music and theater in the context of ethnicity and immigration. Koegel’s book Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1940 (University of Rochester Press, 2009) received several prestigious awards: Irving Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music in 2011; Finalist for the Theater Library Association’s 2010 Freedley Award; and Gold Medal for Music in the 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Opera News (Metropolitan Opera Guild) described it as “Deep-delving. . . Readable and entertaining. . .  A tour guide down a forgotten byway of the American immigrant experience.”


Koegel was the recipient in 2013-14 of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship for work on his in-progress book Musical Theater in Mexican Los Angeles, 1850-1950. He held the 2013 Cátedra Jesús C. Romero, of the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical Carlos Chávez, in Mexico City. Koegel was a contributing editor for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013), and his articles and reviews appear in journals, dictionaries, and encyclopedias in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Britain.