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Paul Oorts, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
Paul Oorts

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Italian and French


  • Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), B.A. in Classical Philology
  • Penn State University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

Courses Taught

  • French 102, 103, and 104
  • Italian 102-103, and 104



  • Beijaert 1728An 18th century Collection of Christmas Music for the Carillon from Antwerp. December 2005.
  • EurotunesTunes for the Miniclasses "Eurotunes By Ear."  Irish Week at the August Heritage Center.  Collected, transcribed and chorded by Paul Oorts.  2004-2006-2007.
  • Belgian Anthology:  Volume 1Dance Music from 18th Century Belgium transcribed from original sources then chorded by Paul Oorts. 


  • Amerikanen hameren erop losGeo Vollek nr. 1 2002 4-9.
  • World Mandolin:  A la Orilla de un Palomar.  Mel Bay's Mandolin Sessions.  2008.
  • World Mandolin: Girando Sempre.  Mel Bay's Mandolin Sessions. 2009.
  • Dialoog van viool en hakkebord.  Dulcimer Players' News.

Edited Works

  • Sansone, Maggie.  Celtic Fair.  MelBay.
  • Sansone, Maggie.  Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes.  MelBay.

Areas of Specialization

  • French, Italian, and Dutch languages
  • History and culture
  • The Trojan Legend in Comparative Perspective
  • Eighteenth Century Western European Dance Music
  • Italian-American Mandolin Music


  • "Belgian Music from the Time of Rosalie Stier." A lecture recital at the Riversdale Mansion in Riversadle Park, Maryland.  September 2010.

Service Activities, Memberships in Academic Societies

  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • Modern Language Association