Dr Matt Bribitzer-Stull

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Professor: Theory / Composition

Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, a native of Minnesota, joined the faculty of the School of Music in 2002. Previously, he taught at Penn State University and the Eastman School of Music. Bribitzer-Stull received the Ph.D. in music theory from Eastman in 2001. During his tenure there he served as co-editor of the journal Int├ęgral. His doctoral thesis examined thematic development and dramatic association in Wagner's Ring.

Bribitzer-Stull's teaching and research interests include: Wagner, counterpoint, pedagogy, and the intersections between tonal structure and extra-musical association. He has delivered papers and presentations on these topics to regional, national, and international audiences at more than 20 venues. His publications appear in: Journal of Music Theory (forthcoming), Music Analysis, Int├ęgral, Journal of Schenkerian Studies (forthcoming), Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Musicological Research, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and in New Millennium Wagner Studies: Essays on Music and Culture (Palgrave 2007), an interdisciplinary essay anthology of which Bribitzer-Stull is also co-editor. Most recently, Oxford University Press has published the 940-page Anthology for Analysis and Performance. His book, Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press

Bribitzer-Stull was a fellow at the Mannes Institute on Chromaticism at Yale in June of 2006 and has served in a variety of leadership positions with the Society for Music Theory and Music Theory Midwest. He was named the 2007 Emerging Scholar by the Society for Music Theory.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Richard Strauss
  • music theory
  • German Romantic music traditions
  • french horn
  • Wagner
  • theory pedagogy
  • nineteenth-century theory and analysis
  • musical form and tonal structure
  • musical associativity
  • chromatic harmony
Courses Taught
  • MUS 1501 - Music Theory
  • MUS 5950 - Analysis of Orchestral Literature
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Secretary, Theory/Musicology Area: School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2002
  • Member: Undergraduate Committee, School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2002
  • Member: Society for Music Theory , 1997
  • Member: Oberlin Conservatory Committee
  • Member: Music Theory Society of New York State , 1996
  • Member: New England Conference of Music Theorists , 1998
  • Member: International Horn Society , 1992
  • Member: College Music Society , 1999
  • Member: Diversity Committee of the Society for Music Theory
  • Member: American Musicological Society (New York chapter) , 1999
  • Chair of Lingering Dissonances: Wagner 2003 Conference, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Chair: Undergraduate Core Curriculum Task Force, School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2002
  • Board Member: Music Theory Society of New York State
  • Scheduler, Theory/Composition Division: School of Music, University of Minnesota , 2002

Outreach

  • Oberlin Alumni Recruiter:
  • Oberlin Conservatory Cluster Agent:
  • Member: Twin Cities Wagner Society,
  • Contribution Coordinator: Oberlin LAMBDA Alumni,
  • Steering Committee Member: Oberlin LAMBDA Alumni,

Creative

  • Co-Editor: Integral, 1999 - 2000
  • Oberline Wind/Brass/Percussion Recitals and Studio Class Performances: 1990 - 1996
  • Masterclass performances with Peter Kurau (1993, 1996), Vincent Chickowitz (1994), and Richard King (1994):
  • Substitute with the Erie, PA Philharmonic: 1994
  • "The A-C-E complex: Association, tonal structure, and the development of a compositional strategy": presentation to the Society for Music Theory, October 31, 2002
  • Oberlin and Eastman brass quintets: 1990 - 1999
  • "The A-C-E complex: Association, tonal structure, and the development of a compositional strategy": presentation to the Music Theory Society of New York State, April 28, 2002
  • "Contention in the classroom: Encouraging debate and alternate analytic readings in the undergraduate theory class": presentation at the College Music Society National Meeting, September 27, 2002
  • Active chamber musician in State College Area: 2000
  • Sub/extra with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: 2004 - present
  • "Musical Parentheses, 6/4 Chords, and the Performer as Analyst: Another Look at the Cadenza": Paper presented to the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting in Madison, WI, November 2004
Publications
  • The End of Die Feen and Wagner's Beginnings: An Early Example of Double-Tonic Complex and Associative Theme: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Music Analysis, 25/3 315-40, 2006.
  • Contention in the Classroom: Encouraging Debate and Alternate Readings in the Undergraduate Theory Class: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, 17 21-46, 2003.
  • Did You Hear Love's Fond Farewell?': Some Examples of Thematic Irony in Wagner's Ring: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Journal of Musicological Research, 23/2 123-57, 2004.
  • Thematic Development and Dramatic Association in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, 2001.
  • The A-flat - C - E Complex in the Nineteenth Century: Chords, Keys, and Contexts: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Music Theory Spectrum, 28/2 167-90, 2006.
  • On Naming Themes: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Palgrave, Richard Wagner for the New Millennium: Essays in Music and Culture, 89-108, 2007.
  • Richard Wagner for the New Millennium: Essays in Music and Culture. Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Alex Lubet, Gottfried Wagner, Palgrave, Co-Editor, 2007.
  • Understanding the Leitmotive: Musical Themes, Musical Association, and the Paradigm of Wagner's Ring. Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Author, forthcoming.
  • Presentation (multiple venues): "From Nibelheim to Hollywood:" The Associativity of Harmonic Progression.". Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Author.
  • The Cadenza as Parenthesis: An Analytic Approach: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Journal of Music Theory, 50/2 211-51, 2006.
  • Echoes of Alberich's Anguish: Compositional Unity, Analytic Plurality, and Wagner's Das Rheingold: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Journal of Schenkerian Studies, 3 59-91, 2008.
  • Hearing Wagner in Till Eulenspiegel: Strauss's Merry Pranks Reconsidered: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Robert Gauldin, Integral, 21 1-39, 2007.
  • Lingering Dissonances in Wagner Scholarship: Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Alex Lubet, Palgrave, Richard Wagner for the New Millennium: Essays in Music and Culture, xii-xvi, 2007.
  • Musical Development and Dramatic Association in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Eastman School of Music, Author, 2001.
  • Anthology of Music for Performance and Analysis. Bribitzer-Stull, Matt, Author, forthcoming.
Awards
  • University of Rochester Edward Peck Curtis Teaching Award, 1999 - 2000
  • Penn State University Teaching Award Nominee, 2002
  • MTSNYS 2000 Emerging Scholar Award Nominee, 2000
  • Edward Peck Curtis Award
  • Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Prize, 1998 - 1999
  • CMS Travel Grant for Outstanding Paper Proposal, 2000
  • University of Rochester Sproull Fellowship, 1995 - 1997
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2004 - Summer 2004
  • McKnight Fellowship, Summer 2004 - Summer 2004
  • Society for Music Theory Emerging Scholar Award for The Ab-C-E Complex, 2007 - 2007
  • Fellow, Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, 2006 - 2006