Joseph Sargent

Assistant Professor of Musicology

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  • phone (205) 348-1465
  • office location Moody Music Building 246


  • 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 sacred music in Renaissance England and Spain, as well as modern English and American music. His critical edition of service music by the English composer Nathaniel Giles is being published through the Early English Church Music series (Stainer & Bell/The British Academy), and he is also writing a biography of American composer Leo Sowerby (University of Illinois Press). Articles and reviews appear in Early Music History, American Music, The Musical Times, Revista de Musicología, American Choral Review,National Early Music Association UK Newsletter, Sacred Music, NOTES: Journal of the Music Library Association, Fontes Artis Musicae, and Oxford Music Online. Book chapters on Renaissance Magnificats appear in Treasures of the Golden Age(Pendragon);Senfl-Studien 2(Hans Schneider); andMaria “inter confessiones”: The Magnificat in the Early Modern Age(Brepols). 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, the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, 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 Alabama, the University of Montevallo, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the A.A. Heckman Fund.

Also active in performance, Dr. Sargent has directed several early music ensembles and has performed and recorded with premier choral groups in wide-ranging repertory. He currently sings with Highland Consort, a Birmingham-based ensemble specializing in English Renaissance repertory, and also serves as president of its board of directors. He additionally performs regularly as a 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 president of the Southern Chapter of the American Musicological Society.