Anthony M. Cummings (Eugene H. Clapp II ’36 and Maud Millicent Clapp Professor of Music) earned the B.A. degree in history and music from Williams College and the M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in historical musicology from Princeton University. He is a specialist in European music of the medieval and early-modern periods and in African-American music. He teaches a course on European classical instrumental music for non-majors, and, for both majors and non-majors, a survey of European music from 1600 to 1915 and specialized courses on the music of the Italian Renaissance and the history of Italian opera and on the music of African Americans.
He has published ten books on Renaissance music and related subjects and is the co-editor of an edition of the complete works of an important early New Orleans jazz musician. He is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and papers delivered at international conferences.