The American bass music pedagogue and musicologist, Stephen Conrad Meyer, obtained his Bachelor of Art degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley (1985 ); his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington (1990); his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington (1991). He had research and studies in Berlin, Germany in 1995-1996 as a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. He received his Ph.D. in Music History from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in December 1996 (Dissertation: "Performing Identity: The Search for a German Opera in Dresden, 1798-1832").
Stephen Meyer performed as a bass soloist with Große Chor und Orchester, Collegium Musicum, Freie Universität, Berlin, "Singing School" in scene from Zar und Zimmermann, (1996) ; at Adelphi University in Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle (December 11, 1996); with New Orchestra of Long Island in George Frideric Handel's Messiah (December 12, 1996); with Concord Ensemble (2001-2002). He gave Solo Recital at Adelphi University: "The Antique Voice: Classical Greece in the Songs of Schubert" (February 17, 1997).
Stephen Meyer taught at SUNY Stony Brook Department of Music as Teaching Assistant (1991-1992); Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Instructor (1993-1995); SUNY Stony Brook Department of Music as Instructor (1992-1994); Lecturer (1994-1995); Queens College, Center for Preparatory Studies in Music as Instructor (1993-1995, 1996-1997); Adelphi University, Department of Music as Adjunct Professor (1996-1997); Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, Department of Music as Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall 1997, Spring 1998, Summer 1998). He serevd as Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, Department of Fine Arts, (Fall 1998-Spring 2004). Since Fall 2005 he is Associate Professor of Music History & Cultures at Syracuse University. Areas of specialty: 18th and 19th-century music, history of opera, medieval music theory, film music, and the history of recorded sound.
Awards, Honors, Grants:
Winner, Opera Journal National Scholarly Papers Competition (1993)
Full Fulbright Scholarship to Germany (1995-1996)
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)
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend (2001)
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: Participant, Summer Seminar "Opera Between the Disciplines," Princeton University (June 13-July 13, 2004)
Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst: Participant, Summer Seminar "Operatic States" (June 10-July 20, 2007)
Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2003)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Oregon Literary Review, Summer 2007)
Studies in Medievalism (accepted for publication January 2009, anticipated publication December 2009): “Soundscapes of Middle Earth: The Question of Medievalist Music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films”
19th-Century Music (publication anticipated April or October 2009): "Parsifal's Aura; or The Grail in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Selected Articles/Book Chapters:
"Illustrating Transcendence: Parsifal, Franz Stassen, and the Leitmotive," The Musical Quarterly 92/1-2 (Spring/Summer 2009), 9-32:
"Der Freischütz, Faust, and the Gendered Ideology of Transcendence" in Faust in Music (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2011)