Joel & Sara Schwindt

Joel Schwindt

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Brandeis University in Boston. I earned my Master's in Music from the University of Arizona in 2006 in Choral Conducting, and my Bachelor's in Music from Wichita State University in 2003 in Vocal Performance, with a minor in Instrumental Performance.

My primary interest lies in manifestations of literary or social philosophy in musical dramaturgy. To this point, my work in this interdisciplinary vein has engaged subjects related to literary theory, Classical studies, aesthetic theory, religious studies, and gender studies. My dissertation, for example, is a study on the impact of the academic philosophy of the Accademia degli Invaghiti on Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo. This study focuses on three topics, namely the use of symmetry as an expression of beauty, as well as moral and social order, illustrative of the Renaissance inclination to base artistic design on the principles of Classical architecture; the performance of Classical oratory (e.g. "Possente spirto") as a means of revealing the orator's moral character; and the use of gendering to draw attention to the flaws of the protagonist's "male" character flaws. My presentation on the first topic, "Monteverdi's Orfeo (1607): Pulchritude through proportion, and why it mattered to the Accademia degli Invaghiti," received the Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award for the top graduate student paper given at the meetings of the AMS-New England Chapter, AY 2011-12. Additionally, my paper on the topic of oratory in Orfeo was given at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Seventeenth Century Music. My critical edition of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's In nativitatem Domini canticumH. 416, is available from Baerentreiter (purchase here; full commentary available here). 

On this page, you'll find information on my professional activities, including conference presentation, publications, and teaching; additionally, links to performance recordings are available below.

Feel free to contact me via email.

Vital Information  

References available upon request


Selected comments from student evaluations

Teaching demonstration videos
"The birth of opera" (Introduction to Western Music; Northern Essex Community College, fall 2013)
"Music and social representation" (Introduction to Music/American Music; Northern Essex Community College, fall 2012)

Available upon request
Teaching evaluations
Philosophy of Education
Sample syllabi
Sample curriculum map
Sample lesson plans

Performance Audio and Video 

Selections from "La pasion," a concert of Hispanic Renaissance and Baroque composers (April 2009)
Guerrero: O Domine Jesu Christe
Victoria: Tenebrae factae sunt
Padilla:  Stabat Mater

F.J. Haydn:
Te Deum in C Major, Hob. XXIIIc:2 (University of Arizona conducting jury-February 2005)

Ravel: Selections from
Histoires Naturelles (April 2002)
"Le Paon" (The Peacock)
"Le Cygne" (The Swan)
"Le Pintade" (The Guinea Hen)

Two Barber Songs (April 2002)
The Monk and His Cat" from Hermit Songs
My Lizard" from Despite and Still

Glazounov: Concerto for Saxophone (February 1998)
Part I
Part II

Wolfgang Jacobi: Sonata for Saxophone (February 1998)
Allegro, ma non troppo
II.    Sarabande
III.   Allegro

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