Derek Stauff

Derek Stauff

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., Musicology, Indiana University

M.A., Musicology, Indiana University

M.M., Organ Performance, Indiana University

B.M., Music, Grove City College


Herzog-Ernst-Stipendium – Fritz Thyssen Stiftung for postdoctoral research, Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Summer 2015)


“The Church under Persecution: Bach’s Cantatas for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany,” Bach Perspectives, vol. 12, edited by Robin A. Leaver (University of Illinois Press, 2018).

Samuel Michael, Psalmodia Regia (Leipzig, 1632), edited by Derek L. Stauff, Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque (A-R Editions, 2018).

Co-edited with Stephen A. Crist, “Johann Sebastian Bach,” Oxford Bibliographies Online (Revised March 2018), DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0043.

“Schütz’s Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich? and the Politics of the Thirty Years War,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 69, no. 2 (2016): 355-408.

“Hieronymus Weller’s Job Commentary: a New Source for Luther’s Encomion musices” in Lutherjahrbuch 81 (2014)

“Canons by Tobias Michael and Others in the Albums of Burckhard Grossmann the Younger” in Schütz-Jahrbuch 35 (2013)



I am a music historian and an organist. As both historian and performer, I focus on music from early-modern Germany. I wrote my dissertation on Lutheran music and politics during the Thirty Years’ War, focusing particularly on composers working in Leipzig. As part of my work, I am not only writing about but also editing music from seventeenth-century Leipzig. I also continue to work on projects related to Johann Sebastian Bach.

At Hillsdale I teach the full gamut of music history from ancient times up to the present, focusing especially on European music. I teach The Understanding of Music (MUS204 & 206) core classes, which focus on basic listening while surveying music from throughout history. In addition, I teach the two semester music history sequence taken by majors and minors in music. These classes also focus on listening but also involve score reading and writing research papers. Finally, I offer an advanced seminar where students focus on topics close to my own research. By studying a narrowly-defined topic in great detail in a small class, we better learn to apply higher-level thinking skills through research, writing, and presentations. Seminar topics over the past years have included the keyboard music of J.S. Bach, Handel’s Messiah, the polyphonic mass in the Renaissance, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.