Professor of Music History, Kathleen Lamkin received the Ph. D. and Master of Music in Music History and Literature from Northwestern University and the Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University.
A member of the University of La Verne faculty since 1981, she has received the university's Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate faculty and in recognition of her contributions to research and scholarship, she was installed as a member of the University of La Verne Academy. Her teaching areas include music history and literature, music history and appreciation and opera. Interested in interdisciplinary courses, she has team-taught in the honors program with colleagues in disciplines outside the field of music.
Dr. Lamkin has served as chair of the music department and chair of the fine arts departments. In 1988-89 she was director of the Brethren Colleges Abroad in Marburg, Germany, a study abroad program for the University of La Verne with additional colleges and universities in its consortium in conjunction with Philipps Universität in Marburg. With her specialty in late 18th-century and early 19th-century central European music, Dr. Lamkin has been the recipient of grants for musicological studies and research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Internationale Joseph Haydn Privat Stiftung, and the University of La Verne. She worked for several summers as music librarian and member of the orchestra with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. As faculty in musicology for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria for over twenty years where she lectured on the historical and social context of the repertoire performed each summer, she also worked as the festival coordinator and performed in the festival orchestra.
Following years of performance and research of the music of Joseph Haydn, her work on the Esterházy Musicians from 1790-1809 Considered from New Sources in the Castle Forchtenstein Archives, was published in 2007 as Volume 6 of the Eisenstädter Haydn Berichte. She was interviewed by BBC radio concerning her archival research. Prof. Lamkin, co-founder of the Haydn Society of California, is a charter member of the later established Haydn Society of North America. President of The College Music Society (2007-2008), she has also served as the Society's national vice president and earlier as president of the Pacific Southern Chapter.