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Matthew G. Peattie

Title: Associate Professor of Musicology
Office: 4236 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-9507

Matthew Peattie, Assistant Professor, is a musicologist whose research interests include medieval chant, performance practice and the intersections of early music studies and musical anthropology. Peattie completed his Ph.D at Harvard in 2005 with a dissertation entitled “The Beneventan Antiphon and the influence of Beneventan Style in South Italian Office.” He also holds degrees in musicology from the University of Calgary and Université de Montréal.

Peattie has presented papers at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Med-Ren Conference of the Royal Musical Association, and at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. He is currently working on a critical edition of the Beneventan Chant, and writing about issues of translation and transcription in medieval music. Peattie is active as a teacher and ensemble director. He was a lecturer in music at Harvard from 2005-07, and director of Ensemble 1521, a Boston based ensemble specializing in really old and really new music.

In addition to his musicological interests, Peattie has had an active career in academic administration and student affairs. Peattie served as an Allston Burr Resident Dean in Harvard College from 2004-07 where he worked in academic advising. In 2007-08 he was the Associate Director of the Atkinson Centre at York University in Toronto where he worked on issues of access to higher education and support for under-represented groups including part-time students and adult learners.


  • BM, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • MA, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
  • PhD, Harvard University, Boston, MA.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Matthew Peattie (2010). Transcribing the Beneventan Chant. Plainsong and Medieval Music, 19 (2), 139.

Published Books

  • Matthew Peattie (In Progress). A Critical Edition of the Beneventan Chant..

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Matthew Peattie, participant (2007). The Sight of Chant: Visual Representation and the Translation of the Neumatic Tradition AMS Northeast Chapter Meeting, Wellesley, MA.

Paper Presentations

  • Matthew Peattie (2008). International Repertories and Local Musical Values: The Internationalization of Musical Style and Beneventan Survivalism in the Twelfth Century Office, British Columbia.
  • Matthew Peattie (2007). In campo aperto, but not in Left Field: Transcribing and Editing Beneventan Chant, Boston, MA.
  • Matthew Peattie (2006). Beneventan Music and Gregorian Modality: Evidence of Modal Change in the Melodic Fund of the Old Beneventan Chant, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Matthew Peattie (2006). The Dissolution of Beneventan Modality, New Haven, CT.
  • Matthew Peattie (2005). Pitch and Modality in the Beneventan Chant: The Witness of the Late Antiphoners, Boston, MA.
  • Matthew Peattie (2004). Old Beneventan Chant in a South Italian Antiphoner, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Matthew Peattie (2004). Traces of Old Beneventan Chant in a South Italian Dedication Office, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.