Joseph Sargent is assistant professor of musicology at the University of Montevallo.
He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University with a dissertation on the Magnificat in Renaissance Spain. Prior to joining the University of Montevallo faculty, he taught at California State University-East Bay, the University of San Francisco, the University of California-Davis and Stanford.
Sargent’s research interests include Magnificats and other repertory of sixteenth-century Spain and England, the Renaissance L’homme armé tradition, modern English cathedral music and intersections between music and religion. He is currently preparing a critical edition of service music by the English composer Nathaniel Giles, to be published by The British Academy as part of its Early English Church Music series. Book chapters on Magnificats in Spain and Germany appear in Treasures of the Golden Age, edited by Walter Clark, Michael O’Connor and Robert Stevenson (Pendragon, 2012) and Senfl-Studien 2, edited by Stefan Gasch and Sonja Tröster (Hans Schneider, 2013). Other articles and reviews appear in Early Music History, Sacred Music, NOTES: Journal of the Music Library Association and Fontes Artis Musicae.
He has presented at local and national meetings of the American Musicological Society as well as the Medieval-Renaissance Conference, the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, the Renaissance Society of America and the Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Invited conference contributions include the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium and the symposium “The Renaissance Magnificat Between Liturgy, Politics and Art” in Weimar, Germany. Sargent was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and his research has been further supported by grants from the University of Montevallo, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the A.A. Heckman Fund. As a public lecturer he has given talks for San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Early Music Society, among other organizations.
Also active as a professional conductor and choral singer, Sargent has directed early music ensembles at Montevallo and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed and recorded with premier choral ensembles in wide-ranging repertory, from early music to new music. Recently he has dusted off his long-dormant bassoon skills, performing with a faculty/staff woodwind quintet and other ensembles.