Don Fader

Don Fader

Associate Professor
Coordinator of Musicology


  • PhD, Musicology, Stanford University
  • AM, Music, Stanford University


Don Fader (Associate Professor of Musicology) joined the tenure-track faculty at the UA School of Music in 2008.  He holds an A.M. in the performance of historical wind instruments (1993), and a Ph.D. in musicology (2000) from Stanford University. Before coming to UA, he taught at Indiana University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro.

Dr. Fader’s research takes in a broad spectrum of issues relating to the Italian style in 17th- and 18th-century France, and his interests range from performance practice to cultural history, and aesthetics to the history of theory.  His work on French baroque music began as laureate of the Bourse Chateaubriand and Chercheur Associé at the Centre de Musique Baroque at Versailles (1997-98).  Dr. Fader is the author of two editions as well as numerous articles and book reviews in collections and journals, including Journal of Musicology, Music & LettersEarly MusicRevue de musicologie, and the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, among others. His article, “The ‘Cabale du Dauphin,’” received the Westrup Prize as distinguished contribution to Music & Letters for 2005, and the collective volume, Itinéraires d’André Campra, in which his essay appeared, won the 2013 Prix du patrimoine (ACDA, Paris) for the best francophone collection of essays on music.  In 2016, he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on his book, Italian Music in Louis XIV’s France. He currently serves as Reviews Editor for the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music.

A professional recorder player and amateur harpsichordist, Dr. Fader combines his interests in musicology and performance through courses in performance practice and the coaching of ensembles in various styles of early music. He collaborated with Gesa Kordes in founding the University of Alabama Early Chamber Ensembles in 2009. Dr. Fader has played, lectured, and given master classes on performance practice at numerous festivals and institutions. He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Harmonia” and “Performance Today.” He has been concerto soloist with the Bloomington Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Staunton Music Festival, TroisdorfBAROCK, the Dayton Bach Society, SarabandaBonn, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.