Alexander Carpenter

Dr. Alexander Carpenter – Department of Fine Arts, Augustana Faculty


Alexander Carpenter is a musicologist and music critic.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Brock University, a Master’s degree in music criticism from McMaster University, and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Toronto.  He has taught courses in music history, music theory and popular music at a number of Canadian post-secondary institutions, including the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Glenn Gould Professional School.  Dr. Carpenter has been a faculty member at the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta since 2006, where he is currently an associate professor of music and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Humanities.  


Carpenter’s research focuses on fin de siècle Vienna, and specifically on the music of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, and on the connections between music and psychoanalysis.  He has given invited lectures on the subject of psychoanalysis and the Second Viennese School at the Freud museums in both London and Vienna, and his research has appeared in the journals Musical Quarterly, Studia Musicologica, Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music and Psychoanalysis and History, and also as chapters in the books De-Canonizing Music History and Schoenberg’s Chamber Music, Schoenberg’s World.  Carpenter teaches a place-based experiential learning course on Viennese music and culture (AUIDS 286/386) in Vienna that runs every other May (slated to run again in 2019).