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Stephen Conrad Meyer

Title: Professor of Musicology
Office: 4225F Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-6046

Stephen Meyer specializes in early nineteenth-century opera, film music, music history pedagogy, music and medievalism, and the history of recorded sound. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Music History Pedagogy


  • Ph.D, SUNY-Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1996 (Music History).

Research Information

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century opera
Film music
History of Recorded Sound
Music and Medievalism
Music History Pedagogy


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • (2012). 'Leitmotif:' On the Application of a Word to Film Music. Journal of Film Music, 5 (1-2), 99.
  • (2009). Illustrating Transcendence: Parsifal, Franz Stassen, and the Leitmotive. The Musical Quarterly, 92 (1-2), 9.
  • (2009). Soundscapes of Middle Earth: The Question of Medievalist Music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films. Studies in Medievalism, XVIII, 165.
  • (2009). Parsifal's Aura. 19th-Century Music, 33 (2), 151.
  • (2008). Sound Recording and the End of the Italian Lohengrin. Cambridge Opera Journal, 20 (1), 1.
  • Stephen C. Meyer (2002). (In Press). Terror and Transcendence in the Operatic Prison, 1790-1815. Journal of the American Musicological Society, 55 (3).
  • Stephen C Meyer (2000). (In Press). Marschner's Villains, Monomania, and the Fantasy of Deviance. Cambridge Opera Journal, 14 (2).

Published Books

  • Stephen C. Meyer (2015). (In Press). Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
  • Stephen C. Meyer (2003). (In Press). Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
  • Meyer, Stephen C. and Kirsten Yri, eds. (2020). (In Progress). The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism. New York, NY: Oxford University Press (Co-Editor).
  • Meyer, Stephen C., ed. (2016). (In Press). Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle. New York, NY: Routledge (Editor).

Book Chapters

  • Stephen C. Meyer (2009). (In Press). Technology and Aesthetics: Historically Informed Performance Practice and the Compact Disc. Performance Practice: Issues and Approaches Ann Arbor: Steglein.
  • Stephen C Meyer (2020). (In Progress). “There and Back Again: Music for the Action Sequences in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Films” . Sound Like Action!: Music in Action Film New York: Routledge.
  • Stephen C Meyer (2019). (In Press). “The Double Life of Rózsa’s Violin Concerto and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” . Double Lives: Film Music Composers in the Concert Hall New York: Routledge.
  • Stephen C Meyer (2019). (In Press). “Teaching Music History in the Era of Polarization” . Teaching the Music History Survey New York: Norton.

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Stephen C. Meyer (2013). (In Press). Grand Opera; Halévy, Fromental; Meyerbeer, Giacomo; Opéra, Paris; Schröder-Devrient, Wilhelmine; Spohr, Louis; Stassen, Franz; Weber, Carl Maria von. The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia

Other Publications

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

Presentations & Lectures

Paper Presentations

  • Stephen C. Meyer (2016). The Politics of Authenticity in Miklós Rózsa’s Score to El Cid (1961), Cleveland OH.
  • Stephen C. Meyer (2015). Sonic Elision and Fantastic Desire: The Ring of Power in Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films, Louisville KY.
  • Stephen C. Meyer (2015). Leaving the Wolf's Glen: Measuring Decanonization in the Digital Age, New York, NY.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2014Editor-in Chief, Journal of Music History Pedagogy,.
  • 1998 to 2015, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
  • 2015Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2017Professor of Musicology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH.