Stephen Meyer

Associate Professor, Music History & Cultures

Research and Teaching Interests

Stephen Meyer specializes in early nineteenth-century opera, film music, and the history of recorded sound.


Ph.D. (Music History) State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1996.

    Selected Articles/Book Chapters

    "'Leitmotif:' On the Application of a Word to Film Music" Journal of Film Music 5.1-2 (2012) 99-106

    Amics del Liceu (the Friends of the Liceu, Barcelona Opera House) Season Book 2010-2011: “Der Freischütz and the Hunt”

    The Musical Quarterly 92/1-2 (Spring/Summer 2009), 9-32: “Illustrating Transcendence: Parsifal, Franz Stassen, and the Leitmotive”

    Studies in Medievalism XVIII (2009), 165-187: “Soundscapes of Middle Earth: The Question of Medievalist Music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films”

    19th-Century Music vol. 33, no. 2 (Fall, 2009), 151-172: "Parsifal's Aura"

    "Illustrating Transcendence: Parsifal, Franz Stassen, and the Leitmotive,"The Musical Quarterly 92/1-2 (Spring/Summer 2009), 9-32:

    Cambridge Opera Journal vol. 20, no. 1 (March 2008), 1-24: "Sound Recording and the End of the Italian Lohengrin"


    Awards, Honors, Grants

    Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst: Participant, Summer Seminar "Operatic States," 10-June-20 July, 2007
    National Endowment for the Humanities: Participant, Summer Seminar "Opera Between the Disciplines," Princeton University, 13 June-23 July 2004
    Gustave Reese Publication Endowment Fund of the American Musicological Society (for support of Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera, 2002)
    National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend (2001)
    Syracuse University Vision Fund grant for the New Humanities Project (founding member): dedicated to the development of new, team-taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities. (2000-2001)