Collegiate Affiliation

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 Intégral. 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, Intégral, 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 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. 

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.

In 2016 Bribitzer-Stull accepted the position of Director of the University Honors Program and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. Despite the burdens of this administrative position, he continues to teach each year, and has published articles on aspects of Wagner (engaging form, queer theory, and subjectivity) in Intégral, the programme guide for the English National Opera's performance of the Ring cycle, and the forthcoming Cambridge University Press Wagner Studies volume.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • Richard Strauss
  • music theory
  • German Romantic music traditions
  • french horn
  • Richard Wagner
  • theory pedagogy
  • nineteenth-century theory and analysis
  • musical form and tonal structure
  • musical associativity
  • chromatic harmony
  • queer theory and subjectivity