Joseph Sargent

Joseph Sargent

Assistant Professor of Musicology


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, University of Rochester


Joseph Sargent joined the musicology faculty at the University of Alabama in 2018. Prior to arriving at UA he taught at the University of California-Davis, University of San Francisco, California State University-East Bay, and for six years at the University of Montevallo, where he received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Fine Arts.

Dr. Sargent’s research focuses on Magnificats and other sacred music in early modern England and Spain, as well as modern English and American cathedral music. His critical edition of music by the English composer Nathaniel Giles is forthcoming in The British Academy’s Early English Church Music series. Book chapters on Magnificats appear in Treasures of the Golden Age (Pendragon, 2012); Senfl-Studien 2 (Hans Schneider, 2013); and Maria “inter confessiones”: The Magnificat in the Early Modern Age (Brepols, 2017). Other articles and reviews appear in Early Music History, The Musical Times, Revista de MusicologíaAmerican Choral Review, Sacred Music, NOTES: Journal of the Music Library Association, Fontes Artis Musicae, and Grove Music Online. Conference presentations include regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society as well as the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Dr. 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.

Also active in performance, Dr. 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 and currently sings with Highland Consort, Birmingham’s newest early music choral group. He additionally performs frequently as an amateur bassoonist and clarinetist.

Dr. Sargent received a B.A. in music and psychology from the University of Rochester and an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology and humanities from Stanford University. He holds memberships in numerous professional organizations and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Chapter of the American Musicological Society.