School of Music


Anita Hardeman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Musicology
Sallee Hall 215

Anita Hardeman, Associate Professor of Musicology, joined the School of Music at Western Illinois University in 2012. Dr. Hardeman earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Western Ontario, where she completed her dissertation "Re-presenting Vénus: Music, Drama, and Allegory in André Campra and Antoine Danchet's Hésione." Currently Dr. Hardeman teaches graduate and undergraduate level music history courses, Women and Music, and What to Listen For in Music.

Dr. Hardeman's research focuses on the performative intersections of text, music, staging, and dance in French opera of the 17th and 18th centuries. An article derived from her dissertation research, "Travels with Hésione: the tragédie en musique outside Paris," is forthcoming as part of a collection from Steglein Press. She has presented her research at national and international conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, France, and Poland. Dr. Hardeman is currently working on a series of articles examining the musical and dramatic characteristics of the goddess Vénus in French theatrical works of the 17th and 18th centuries, and preparing a scholarly edition of André Campra's Hésione.

Before coming to WIU, Dr. Hardeman taught at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and was a Visiting Instructor of Music at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Dr. Hardeman is also an avid, albeit amateur, Baroque dancer.