Russell E. Murray Jr., Professor, Music History and Literature
Professor, Music History and Literature
Director, Collegium Musicum
University of Delaware
319 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
Newark, DE 19716
Russell Murray teaches music history and literature. He is also a faculty member in Women’s Studies and the University of Delaware Honors Program.
He is active as a mentor for undergraduate researchers and as an
advisor for student theses, and he has led study-abroad programs in
Paris and Italy.
Dr. Murray is the founding director of the
University of Delaware Collegium Musicum. The Collegium, performs music
of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque era, using period
instruments from the department's extensive collection. Under his
leadership, the Collegium has grown from four students to a program
incorporating a number of vocal and instrumental ensembles and regularly
involving 20 to 30 students. He is musical director of the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band, and is a member of Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band.
Murray's research has focused primarily on sacred music of the
Renaissance. His work includes biographical, historical and theoretical
studies of music and musicians in the city of Parma and Northern Italy.
He received a Fulbright Award for dissertation research in 1986-87, as
well as grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the
co-editor of an electronic edition of Pietro Pontio's Dialogo (1595) published as part of the Thesaurus Musicarum Italicarum.
He regularly presents papers at national and international conferences,
has published articles and reviews in numerous journals and is a
contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Most
recently he has co-edited a book on teaching music in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for Indiana University Press.
technology has long been an important component in Dr. Murray's
teaching, and he has developed multimedia and interactive course
materials utilizing CD and laserdisc media in conjunction with the
hypertext and interactive formats available with the computer. These
materials have ranged from simple guides for individual pieces to more
involved lessons that are integrated into the structure of the
individual courses. He is author of the Interactive Presentations and Listening Guides for the Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music and with Kristin Forney the Norton WebBOOK and the Norton/Sony Essentials of Music,
all published by W.W. Norton. He is currently interested in finding
ways of using new media and Web-based systems to promote student
Dr. Murray is a faculty sponsor for Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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