David Kjar


Lecturer, Musicology


Boston University, PhD, Musicology
Royal Conservatory of The Hague, MM Historical Performance
University of Northern Iowa, BM Performance


In addition to being an online instructor for Boston University, performance-studies scholar and natural trumpet player David Kjar is Assistant Professor of Music History at Roosevelt University, where he teaches in the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has performed and recorded with early-music ensembles in Europe and South and North America. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in performance from University of Northern Iowa, he earned his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Historical Performance from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands and a PhD in Musicology from Boston University, where he studied under Joshua Rifkin. David’s research seeks to ground theories and philosophies on early music in performances. His dissertation “Wanda, Gould, and Sting: Sounding, Othering, and Hearing Early Music” reframes the movement as a sonically constructed and heard Other Performance ultimately authenticated by the listener. In his teaching and research, David explores intersections between performance and musicology regarding the intertwined perceptions of past, present, and future music-making.