Susan L. Youens
J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music
One of the world's leading experts on 19th-century German song, Susan Youens is an acknowledged authority on the music of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Hugo Wolf. Six of her eight books were published by the prestigious Cambridge University Press; her most recent commissions for chapters on Schumann and Brahms are with Oxford University Press.
Youens was interviewed by the BBC Radio 3 for the program, "Music Matters," for March 22, 2008. She is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, a fellowship to the National Humanities Center, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Most recently, she was the Edward Cone Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to courses on German song, Youens teaches on various aspects of opera and has been honored by Notre Dame with the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. From 2007 to the present, she has taught at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia and the Aldeburgh Festival in England.
This professorship was established by the Honorable Jerome Van Gorkom, a former Life Trustee of the University, now deceased. Jerome and his wife, Betty, who raised their family in Lake Forest, Ill., shared a passion for music and were skilled instrumentalists.