Stuart Cheney

Division Chair of Musicology,
Associate Professor of Musicology
Jarvis Hall 320 | 817-257-5644


Ph.D., Musicology, University of Maryland
MM, Musicology, University of North Texas
BM, cum laude, Composition, University of North Texas

Courses Taught

History of Western Music I: To 1650
History of Western Music II: 1650-1870
Research Methods and Bibliography
Seminars in French Baroque Music, Viennese Classicism, and Rock Literature
Symphonic Literature
Chamber Music Literature
History of Electronic Music
History of Rock
Viola da Gamba Studio

Areas of Focus

French music 1500-1800, Baroque music, the Viola da gamba, Variations and Improvisation, Rock and Blues

Five articles in The Encyclopedia of Tablature, ed. Philippe Vendrix, John Griffiths, and David Dolata. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.

Entries and updates for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Oxford Music Online, 2001–present.

Over a dozen reviews for Opera News since 2017.

Three articles in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music, ed. Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

“The Viola da Gamba Family,” with Barbara Coeyman. In A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, 2nd ed. (revised and expanded), ed. Jeffery Kite-Powell and Stewart Carter, 210–230. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012.

“Early Autograph Manuscripts of Marin Marais,” Early Music 38 (February 2010): 59–71.

“A Newly Discovered Source of French Hunting Horn Signals, ca.1666,” Historic Brass Society Journal 20 (2008): 23–36.

“Hotman and Dubuisson,” A Viola da Gamba Miscellanea, ed. Christophe Coin and Susan Orlando, 43–51. Limoges: Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2005.

Recueil de pièces de viole en musique et en tablature. 1666. Fac-similé du Ms M.2.1 Book T2, 17C, Washington, D.C., Library of Congress (Editor). Geneva: Éditions Minkoff, 1998.

Le Sieur Dubuisson. Thirteen Suites for solo bass viol, 2 vols. (Editor, with Donald Beecher). Ottawa: Dovehouse Editions Canada, 1994.


“The Voyages of André Maugars: New Biographical Data,” The Spirit of Gambo: The State of Viol Research, 16 March 2024, Univ. of California Berkeley

“Seventeenth-Century French Music for Ensembles of Viols,” Twentieth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 29 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland.

“The Viol in France 1635–1650: From Ensemble Instrument to Soloist,” Nineteenth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 17 July 2021, Birmingham, UK [virtual].

“The Voyages of André Maugars: New Biographical Data,” Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 12 July 2018, Cremona, Italy.

“André Maugars Abroad: Comparing National Traditions,” Repenser la Musique en France à l’Époque Baroque, 22 June 2018, Paris-Versailles-Royaumont, France.

“Violin or Viol?: An Eighteenth-century Manuscript Collection for Pardessus de Viole,” Aristocratic Women Amateurs and the Politics of Virtuosity: Placing the Pardessus de Viole in its Social and Cultural Context, Boston Early Music Festival, 14 June 2017, Boston, MA.

“Teaching the Viol to French Choirboys, c.1580 to c.1700,” 19th Congress of the International Musico­logical Society, 5 July 2012, Rome, Italy.

“French Choirboys and the Viol, c.1580 to 1700,” American Musicological Society National Meeting, 12 November 2011, San Francisco, CA.

“Evolving Notation for Hunting Signals in France, 1561 to 1734,” International Musicological Society Symposium / International Association of Music Libraries Conference, 8 July 2009, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“Variation and Authorship in Late Seventeenth-century French Harpsichord Music,” College Music Society National Conference, 26 September 2008, Atlanta, GA.

“French Harpsichord Variations, c1670–c1700,” Thirteenth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 4 July 2008, Leeds, UK.

“The Viol in Sixteenth-century France,” American Musicological Society, Southwest Chapter, 29 March 2008, University of Houston, Houston, TX.

“From the Grandiose to the Intimate: Transcriptions of Lully for Unaccompanied Viol,” Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, 28 July 2006, Warsaw, Poland.

“Transcriptions for Solo Viol of the Music of Jean-Baptiste Lully,” Society for Seventeenth-Century Music Annual Conference, 16 April 2004, La Jolla, CA.  [Updated version read at the American Musico­logical Society Southwest Chapter’s fall meeting, 8 October 2005, Baylor University, Waco, TX.]

“Hear Me Moanin’ and Groanin’: The Transatlantic Transformation of a Chicago Blues Song,” American Musicological Society, Capital Chapter, 25 January 2003, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD.

“Early Marin Marais Manuscripts and Evolving Variation Practices,” American Musicological Society National Meeting, 15 November 2001, Atlanta, GA.

“A Newly Discovered Source of French Hunting Horn Signals, ca.1666,” Society for Seventeenth-Century Music Annual Conference, 30 April 2000, America’s Shrine to Music Museum, Vermillion, SD. (Winner, SSCM Student Paper Award)

“Origins of French Instrumental Variation Style in the Early Seventeenth Century,” American Musicological Society, Capital Chapter, 4 April 1998, Towson University, Baltimore, MD.

“Aspects of Variation Practice in French Instrumental Music of the Seventeenth Century,” Seventh Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, 5 July, 1996, Birmingham, UK.

[Two papers:] “Nicolas Hotman et le Sieur Dubuisson: Maîtres de viole au milieu du siècle,” and “Des belles inventions et des diminutions agréables: Les doubles dans la musique de la viole aux dix-septième siècle,” La 7ème Corde: Colloque sur la viole française, 29 April 1995, Limoges, France.

American Musicological Society

Viola da Gamba Society of America

Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

Early Music America