Joel Schwindt

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Assistant Professor of Core Studies


Music History

My goal is to offer every student a path to performance that transcends the reproduction of a musical artifact or tradition. Through the study of musical history, students can understand not only the confluence of cultural and personal factors that led artists of the past and present to create great music, but also the many ways these creative catalysts continue exist in today's world, allowing them to engage history in the here and now.

Joel Schwindt joined the Conservatory in 2015 and is an assistant professor of core studies specializing in music history. He has also served on the instructional staff of Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Northern Essex Community College.

His research focuses primarily on vocal music from Italy and France during the 16th and 17th centuries, addressing subjects such as humanism and classical studies, religious philosophy, learned societies, aesthetics, gender, and class rivalry. He has presented at various regional and international conferences, including recent presentations at the national meetings of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and Renaissance Society of America, as well as regional chapters of the American Musicological Society. His publications include an article on oratory in Monteverdi's Orfeo from the 2014 volume of the Cambridge Opera Journal and an edition of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416, published by Bärenreiter-Verlag in 2011. He has received various awards and grants, including the Eugene K. Wolf Travel Grant from the American Musicological Society (2014), the Mellon-Sachar Research Grant (2012), and the Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award for the top graduate student paper given at a meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2012). He is an active member of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, having served as a chapter representative to the national council and a member of the program committee, which he currently heads.

Schwindt received his Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University, his M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Arizona, and his B.M. in vocal performance from Wichita State University.