Robert Fallon-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Robert Fallon

Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Robert Fallon is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He specializes in music since 1945, the music and thought of French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992), and in relationships between music and nature. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and bachelor’s degrees in English and Music Theory/Composition from Northwestern University. He is currently preparing a book-length historical study of how Messiaen’s music reflects theology and is co-editing a two-volume collection with Christopher Dingle called Messiaen Perspectives (Ashgate, expected 2012).

At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Fallon serves as Musicology Area Coordinator and teaches Opera Since Wagner, Music and Nature, and Messiaen, as well music history surveys and research seminars. He has previously taught in the departments of music and comparative literature at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, and most recently served as assistant professor of musicology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He plays the viola and was an early employee of the company now called Pandora.