Natalie K. Zelensky

Associate Professor of Music

Office: Bixler 236 [ campus map ]
Box 5684

Phone: 207-859-5684
Fax: 207-859-5635
Mailing Address:
5684 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
MU234 AFrom Rockabilly to Grunge: A History of Rock 'n' Roll
MU252 AIntroduction to World Music
MU262 AMusic in Life, Music as Culture: Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Professional Information

Natalie Zelensky, Ph.D. (Northwestern) Natalie Zelensky graduated with honors from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in Music Studies. Fusing ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and critical studies, Natalie’s research focuses on Russian music, diasporas, nostalgia, American popular music and culture, and Cold War politics. She has published articles and presented conference papers on Russian popular and sacred music in New York City, Russian-American summer camps, underground sacred music in the Soviet Union, Franco-American music culture in Maine, and racial representation, gender, and marketing in the Classic Blues. Her work has been published in Ethnomusicology Forum, Journal of the Society for American Music, The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, and Russia Abroad: Music and Orthodoxy. Her book, Performing Tsarist Russia in New York: Music, Emigres, and the American Imagination, examines the intersection of politics and performance in the aesthetic, commercial, and diasporic space of Russian music as it emerged in New York’s nightclubs, concert stages, radio waves, and sheet music (Indiana University Press, 2019). She co-authored the instructor’s manual for Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development (Prentice-Hall 2008, 2012) and helped translate and write the footnotes for W.W. Norton’s 2011 edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. In 2013, she won a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the Columbia University Harriman Institute’s “America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: 20th-Century Migration and Memory.”


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