Director, Graduate Studies-Music
Music Bldg, Room 228
John Thomas Brobeck. Degrees: B. Mus. magna cum laude Westminster Choir College (1976); Ph.D. History and Theory of Music U. of Penna. (1991); post-graduate studies choral conducting, organ, harpsichord. Memberships: AMS, AGO, ACDA (lifetime), CMS. Offices: Director of Graduate Studies (2011 ff.) and Graduate Advisor FFSOM UA (2015 ff.); Coordinator Musicology FFSOM UA (1992-2013); President Rocky Mountain Chapter AMS (1995-6, 2002-3, 2009-10, 2017-18); chapter representative to the National Council of the AMS (2018-21); board member for musicology Pacific Southwest Chapter CMS (2009-13); Interim President PSW Chapter CMS (2012-13); Program Chair annual meeting PSW Chapter CMS 2011, 2012; Program Committee national CMS meeting 2012.
The principal focus of Prof. Brobeck's research is French music and musical patronage during the 15th and 16th centuries. Publications: articles in Musica disciplina (1993); The Journal of the American Musicological Society (1995); The Journal of Musicology (1998); 9 articles for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev.ed. (2002); 5 articles for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, rev. ed. (2003 ff.); an article in Epitome musical (2010); and "A Music Book for Mary Tudor, Queen of France," Early Music History 35 (2016):1-93. Current research projects: "Jean Mouton and the ‘Parisian’ Motet: Observations on the Development of the ‘French Court Motet’, ca. 1480-ca. 1520" (in preparation); co-editor with Dr. Thomas MacCracken for the opera omnia edition of the motets of Jean Mouton in the series Corpus mensurabilis musicae.
He has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate music history and musicology courses at the UA, including doctoral seminars in Baroque oratorio, symphonic literature, the music of Bach, the music of Beethoven, and Baroque performance practice, and also prepared and teaches fully online versions of Music 330a and 330b (the upper division music history survey required of all UA undergraduate music majors). He has served on over 200 graduate student committees during the past 4 years. In the spring of 2011 six of his students presented papers at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
He directed the Collegium Musicum of the university from 1989-2004, during which time the group performed works ranging from the Machaut Mass through Bach's St. John Passion, and currently coaches the student ensemble Arizona Baroque. He also holds an appointment as Organist and Director of Music at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Tucson, where he has conducted the Mozart Requiem and accompanied a wide variety of major choral works. He is active locally as an organ recitalist and has a longstanding relationship with the University of Arizona choirs as a harpsichord or organ accompanist. The latter relationship includes a performance of the Duruflé Requiem in April 2012 with the Arizona Choir.