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Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2018-19 class of research fellows as she discusses her research topic A Harpsichord as Cultural Narrator: Eleanor Parke Custis and Music-Making at Mount Vernon on Thursday, January 24, 2019. A boxed lunch will be provided.


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David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall
Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

About Joyce Lindorff

Lindorff is Professor of Keyboard Studies in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University (PA), where she is also an Affiliated Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her current research focuses on late 18th-century keyboard instruments and home music-making, specifically cultural and expressive aspects of the harpsichord purchased by George Washington for Nelly Custis. Her performances and discussion on this topic were featured in the recent video, “Silent No More: Mount Vernon Makes Harpsichord History” (J.W. Pepper). As a performer, Dr. Lindorff’s CD recordings include music from “The Harpsichord Miscellany,” a volume owned by the Washington family. She earned degrees at Sarah Lawrence College, University of Southern California, and The Juilliard School.