As a cultural musicologist, Hermann Hudde places music in dialogue with other fields in the humanities and social sciences because this approach generates holistic scholarship and pedagogy. Hudde has published research articles and reviews in several journals, including Journal of the Society for American Music, Current Musicology, Tempo, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Revista Musical Chilena, Latin American Music Review, Músicaenclave, Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review, and Harvard Review of Latin America. Additionally, Hudde has a chapter in a forthcoming volume on Bernstein, entitled “Bernstein and Latin America” (Cambridge University Press), invited by the editor Elizabeth A. Wells.
Hudde’s book project, Modernism to Avant-Garde: Latin American Art Music at Tanglewood (1940–2020) examines the musical and cultural contributions of modern Latin American music to the Berkshire Music Center of the Tanglewood Music Festival. The book project contributes significantly to our understanding of how the geocultural and epistemological category of Latin American art music, despite possessing a musical/cultural history, must constantly negotiate aesthetics and politics vis-à-vis the ethnocentric and epistemological hierarchies of Western modernity. He derived the book project from his dissertation, “Negotiating Politics and Aesthetics: The Untold History of Latin America Modern Art Music in the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (1940–1951)” with which Hermann earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Riverside (2021), with a Designated Emphasis on Latin American and Latino Studies. This research was generously supported by the Center for Ideas and Society (UC Riverside) and UC MEXUS, where he served as a scholar-in-residence. Two writings related to this research topic received second prize and an honorable mention from the Otto Mayer-Serra Award for Music Research (2016 and 2014).
Among his musical achievements are Future of Music Faculty Fellowship at Cleveland Institute of Music (2022-23), the second prize in the Otto Mayer Serra Award (2021), a Research Grant from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation (2015), honorable mention in the Otto Mayer Serra Award (2014), and an “Outstanding Research and Proposal Project” award from Brandeis University’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program (2011).
Hudde is a classical guitar recitalist, having given performances at such distinguished venues as the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, Graphik Museum “Pablo Picasso”, St. Elizabeth-Kirche and Lateinamerikanischen Musiktage in Germany, Maryland University, the Venezuelan Arts Gallery of New York, La Universidad Central de Venezuela, Fundación John Boulton, Casa de Estudios Latinoamericanos “Rómulo Gallegos”, and Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela in Caracas, Wasserstaawerk Concertgebow in Holland, Sala Teatina in At the University of Chicago Fulton Recital Hall, the Mexican Institute of Culture and Education in Chicago, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Keller Room at the New England Conservatory, MIT Guest Artist Concerts, King’s Chapel, St. Paul Cathedral, La Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris, and L’Université de Franche-Comtè in Besancon, France. The University of California, Riverside (2017-21) honored him four times as a Gluck Fellow of the Arts, granting him access to public schools throughout Southern California to present interactive live music programs. Previously, in Boston, Hudde received a Performance Outreach Fellowship from the New England Conservatory of Music (2006-07).
Hudde’s experience in higher education includes teaching music courses at Scripps College, New England Conservatory of Music, La Sierra University, and the University of California, Riverside.