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Jeffrey S. Sposato

Jeffrey S. Sposato

Associate Professor of Musicology
Director of Graduate Studies

office: MSM 221
office phone: (713)743-5697
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
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Jeffrey S. Sposato is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Musicology at the Moores School of Music. He received a PhD in musicology from Brandeis University, an MM and BM in vocal performance from New England Conservatory, and a BA in German studies from Tufts University.  His teaching and research interests include music of the classical and romantic periods, sacred music, choral music, concert traditions, and opera.

 Sposato’s most recent book, The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti-Semitic Tradition (Oxford, 2006), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006 and a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award finalist. His other publications include William Thomas McKinley: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1995), as well as articles and reviews in Ars Lyrica, 19th-Century Music, Music & Letters, Choral Journal, Musical Quarterly, Notes, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition), and the collections The Idea of Art Music in a Commercial World, 1800-1930 (Christina Bashford and Roberta Marvin, eds.), Nineteenth-Century Choral Music (Donna Di Grazia, ed.), and Historical Musicology (Stephen Crist and Roberta Marvin, eds.). He is currently working on a new book examining church and concert life in Leipzig, Germany, tentatively titled Leipzig After Bach: Church and Concert Life in a German City, 1743–1847 (Oxford, forthcoming).

 Before joining the faculty at the University of Houston, Sposato taught for six years at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he founded and directed that school’s Collegiate Chorale. His grants include an ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty, and a Fulbright fellowship for doctoral research in Germany.