Stephen A. Crist

Professor, Music History

Office: Burlington Road Building, Room 328

Phone: 404-727-3785

Fax: 404-727-0074






PhD, 1988, Brandeis University


Stephen Crist holds a B.A. degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University, an M.M. degree in music theory from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in music history from Brandeis University. His primary areas of research concern European music of the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and jazz in the 1950s and 1960s.

His publications on J. S. Bach and his contemporaries have appeared in many books and journals, including The Cambridge Companion to Bach, Oxford Composer Companions: J. S. Bach, The World of the Bach Cantatas, Bach Perspectives, Bach (Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute), and Journal of the American Musicological Society. He also contributed the entry on “Johann Sebastian Bach” for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music.

His work on early Lutheran hymnody includes Enchiridion Geistliker Leder vnde Psalmen, Magdeburg 1536: Introductory Study and Facsimile Edition and an article in Notes (Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association) on hymnals and other musical sources in the Kessler Reformation Collection at Emory.

In addition, he has conducted extensive archival research on the jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, which has been presented in venues such as Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress. He also delivered the keynote address for the Brubeck Festival at the University of the Pacific, and has published articles on Brubeck in the Journal of Musicology and Bach Perspectives. He is currently working on a book on the 1959 album Time Out.

Dr. Crist served as contributing editor of Bach in America (University of Illinois Press) and contributing coeditor of Historical Musicology: Sources, Methods, Interpretations (University of Rochester Press).

He was a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and is a member of the Associated Faculty at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. His numerous grants and awards for research and teaching include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of South Florida.

Dr. Crist is president of the American Bach Society (2012-2016) and president of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (2013-2015). He also served as Chair of Emory's Music Department (2003-2006, 2007-2010), and as Director of Graduate Studies (1997-2000).