Zoe Weiss

Zoe Weiss

Assistant Professor, Musicology

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Assistant Professor of Musicology

Professional Biography

Zoe Tall Weiss is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She believes passionately in music’s ability to forge human connections which she explores in both her scholarly and performance work. She completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University where she wrote a dissertation on musical and material networks in the Elizabethan In Nomine tradition. Her scholarly interests range from the history of music theory and 16th-century polyphony, to performance practice and music cognition, and she has published work on Haydn string quartets and the consort music of John Jenkins. An active performer on the viola da gamba and Baroque cello, Zoe is a founding member of the ensembles LeStrange Viols, Science Ficta, and the Folk Baroque Trio. She has also performed with the Oberlin Consort of Viols, the Smithsonian Consort of Viols, the Folger Consort, and ACRONYM. Zoe has taught viol at workshops for the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Viola da Gamba Society of America and served on the Board of Directors for the VdGSA as well as serving as an editor for the Journal of the VdGSA. Her recordings with LeStrange Viols and ACRONYM can be heard on the New Focus label, including the album Æternum which emerged from her research into the British Library additional manuscript 31390. Science Ficta’s recording of new works by composer Molly Herron, Through Lines, was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2021. Zoe has taught at Harvard University, Ithaca College, the Cornell Prison Education Program, and Cornell University, where she received a Don M. Randel teaching fellowship.


  • BM, Historical Performance, Oberlin Conservatory
  • MM, Historical Performance, Boston University
  • Ph.D., Musicology, Cornell University, 2021