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Stephen A. CristChair, Department of MusicProfessor of Music History


  • PhDBrandeis University1988
  • MMusUniversity of South Florida1980
  • BAHarvard University1978


Stephen A. Crist works largely in European music of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, with additional interests in hymnody and jazz.

His most recent book is Dave Brubeck’s Time Out (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Other current research includes an essay about the impact of J. S. Bach’s music on the Modern Jazz Quartet for Bach Reworked (University of Illinois Press, 2020), and the article “Johann Philipp Bach and the Aria Scotese con Variazzione: Twilight of the Bach Dynasty?” for a 2020 issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. His edition of J. P. Bach’s newly discovered variations for cello and harpsichord will be published by A-R Editions. His publications have appeared in many other books and journals. He also contributed the entry on “Johann Sebastian Bach” for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music.

He was a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and in 2019 he was a visiting scholar at the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, with support from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Crist received his Ph.D. (music history) from Brandeis University, after an M.M. (music theory) from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. (English and American literature and language) from Harvard University.