Rob Haskins

Department Chair , Music
Phone: (603) 862-3987
Office: Music, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm M214, Durham, NH 03824

Rob Haskins is a musicologist, critic, and performer. He holds degrees in musicology and harpsichord performance from the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music. In 2004 he joined the University of New Hampshire, where he is Professor of Music. Haskins has recorded and produced music by Steve Reich, John Cage, and other composers for labels including Mode and Nonesuch. In 2012 he acted as musical director and performer for a new production of Cage’s Song Books at the Holland Festival with the new-music group Alarm Will Sound. He also writes about John Cage and American minimalism. His most recent books are John Cage (Reaktion Books, 2012) and Classical Listening: Two Decades of Reviews from the “American Record Guide” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).He is currently completing a short cultural history of the piano for Reaktion Books.

Courses Taught

  • MUSI 405: Survey of Music in America
  • MUSI 501: The Western Musical Canon
  • MUSI 502: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 711/811: Music of 20th & 21st Centuries
  • MUSI 865: Introduction to Bibliography
  • MUSI 955: Introduction to Bibliography


  • Ph.D., Musicology, University of Rochester
  • D.M.A., Harpsichord Performance and Literature, University of Rochester
  • M.A., University of Rochester
  • M.M., Piano, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.M., Music, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.M., Music History, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.M., Piano, Johns Hopkins University
  • Diploma, Concert Recital Diploma (Harpsichord),, Guildhall School M&D

Research Interests

  • J.S. Bach
  • John Cage
  • Journalism
  • Minimalism
  • Modernism
  • Music
  • Music - Performance
  • Music Criticism
  • Musicology/Music Theory
  • Opera

Artistic Activities & Publications

  • Haskins, R. (2018). Entre proceso y objeto: La actitud en evolución de John Cage con respecto a la obra musical. Sul Ponticello: Revista On-line de Música y Arte Sonoro, (49). Retrieved from http://www.sulponticello.com/

  • Rob Haskins with Tom Moore, Bratton Recital Hall, February 24, 2018, Bratton Recital Hall [recital] (2018).

  • Scott Pender, Variations for Oboe and Piano (2010) with Margaret Herlehy [compact disc] (2017). Retrieved from http://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6127/

  • Rob Haskins and Friends (2016).

  • Untitled, for two toy pianos (2015) (2016).

  • Haskins, R. (2015). Classical Listening Two Decades of Reviews from The American Record Guide. Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Recording of Scott Pender, Variations for Oboe and Piano with Margaret Herlehy, Petworth Music (2015).

  • Haskins, R. (2014). Aspects of Zen Buddhism as an Analytical Context for John Cage's Chance Music. CONTEMPORARY MUSIC REVIEW, 33(5-6), 616-629. doi:10.1080/07494467.2014.998426

  • Haskins, R. (2010). JOHN CAGE AND RECORDED SOUND A DISCOGRAPHICAL ESSAY. NOTES, 67(2), 382-409. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Haskins, R. (2009). On John Cage's Late Music, Analysis, and the Model of Renga in Two. AMERICAN MUSIC, 27(3), 327-355. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Most Cited Publications