Matthew R. Shaftel, Distinguished Associate Professor of Music Theory and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the Florida State University College of Music, received Ph.D. and M.Phil. and B.A. degrees from Yale University. He has won three major teaching prizes and is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Currently acting as president of Music Theory Southeast, he recently completed four-years as editor of MTO, a journal of the Society for Music Theory, and is a component editor for College Musical Symposium.
His numerous publications and presentations reflect an interest in opera, as well as in texted music from 1845-1945, including articles on Schubert, Schoenberg, Webern, Stephen Foster, and Cole Porter. His book-length publications include a critical edition of Anton Webern’s early music, a textbook published by Hayden McNeil, and an aural skills textbook, published by Oxford University Press. He has also co-edited a forthcoming book on Cole Porter. At home, he is director of FSU’s Music Living Learning Center (Cawthon Hall), director of music at Good Shepherd Church, and the president of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras. Finally, he also has a great deal of practical experience as a performer of these songs. He has given solo recitals throughout the US and parts of Europe, and spent six years as the director of the Asolo Song Festival and Institute for Song Interpretation, which took place in northern Italy.