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George B. Stauffer

Distinguished Professor in Musicology, Organ

George B. Stauffer is Distinguished Professor of Music History and former Dean of the Mason Gross School. Educated at Dartmouth College, Bryn Mawr College, and Columbia University, he is well known for his writings on the music and culture of the Baroque Era and the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach, in particular. He has published eight books, including, most recently, J.S. Bach: The Mass in B Minor (Yale University Press) and The World of Baroque Music (Indiana University Press).

Stauffer has also contributed numerous writings to American, European, and Asian publications, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Collier's Encyclopedia, Bach-Jahrbuch, Early Music, and many other journals. As a feature writer, he has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Weekly Standard. He has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, ACLS, IREX, and Bogliasco fellowships and is presently at work on the volume Why Bach Matters, to be published by Yale University Press.

As an organist, Stauffer studied with John Weaver and Vernon de Tar in New York and served as University Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Columbia University for 22 years. He is co-author (with George Ritchie) of the standard pedagogical text Organ Technique: Modern and Early (Oxford University Press).