Jeffrey S. Sposato
Professor of Musicology
Director of Graduate Studies
office: MSM 221
office phone: (713)743-5697
address: 3333 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77204-4017
Jeffrey S. Sposato is Professor of Musicology and Director of Graduate Studies. 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 baroque, classical, and romantic periods; sacred music; choral music; concert traditions; and opera.
Sposato’s most recent book, Leipzig After Bach: Church and Concert Life in a German City (Oxford, 2018) examines musical life in Leipzig, Germany in the tumultuous century following Johann Sebastian Bach’s death in 1750. His previous 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, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition). His work also appears in 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.), Historical Musicology (Stephen Crist and Roberta Marvin, eds.), and Geistliche Musik und Chortradition im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (Anselm Hartinger, Peter Wollny, and Christoph Wolff, eds.).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.