Stephen Rodgers

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Edmund A. Cykler Chair in Music
Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship 
Phone: 541-346-5589
Office: 201 Collier House
Research Interests: Music Theory, Scholarly Areas, Musicianship
Stephen Rodgers is the Edmund A. Cykler Chair in Music and Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship at the University of Oregon, where he has been teaching since 2005. Rodgers’s research focuses on the relationship between music and poetry in art songs from the nineteenth century to the present day, especially art songs by underrepresented composers. He has written extensively on the songs of Fanny Hensel, one of the nineteenth century’s most prolific and innovative song composers. His edited essay collection entitled The Songs of Fanny Hensel—the first book devoted to Hensel’s contributions to the genre—was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. A monograph on the songs of Clara Schumann is forthcoming in Cambridge University Press’s Music in Context series.
Rodgers’s work is guided by a desire to reach communities that extend beyond academia. He is a founding member of the Women’s Song Forum, an online forum devoted to women’s voices in song and geared toward a wide-ranging audience of scholars, performers, educators, and lay listeners. He has collaborated with the Hampsong Foundation, a non-profit created by the baritone Thomas Hampson that promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding through song; Hampson interviewed him on the series World of Song and, in April 2021, invited him to host programs on Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson, early twentieth-century women’s song, and Fanny Hensel. He is active as a tenor and frequently performs lecture-recitals for specialists and non-specialists alike. He also runs a website devoted to underrepresented composers called Art Song Augmented and hosts a podcast about poetry and song called Resounding Verse.
Many of these activities, academic and otherwise, have been inspired by courses that Rodgers has taught. He has led graduate seminars on such topics as song and the music of poetry, form in Romantic music, and new approaches to the analysis of text and music. He regularly teaches a graduate analysis course geared toward performers, often focused on vocal repertoire. And he teaches a wide variety of undergraduate courses. In recent years he has taught upper-level analysis classes on music by composers under age fifty (emphasizing often-overlooked musical parameters such as texture and timbre) and nineteenth-century songs by women, as well as a class about art song for non-music majors in the Clark Honors College. He has also advised master’s theses and doctoral dissertations on topics ranging from the musical language of Fanny Hensel to instructional design in undergraduate music theory to timbre and embodiment in music, dance, and film.  
In spring 2021 Rodgers was named the inaugural Edmund A. Cykler Chair in Music. First conceived and endowed in 2018, thanks to a gift from UO Foundation trustee Timothy Foo and matching funds from the UO Presidential Fund for Excellence, the Cykler Chair is named for Edmund A. Cykler, former professor and associate dean of the UO School of Music. Rodgers is currently developing several projects inspired by Cykler’s work as a devoted teacher and bridge builder. He will use these projects to connect different communities inside and outside the university, create more opportunities for performers and scholars to collaborate, advocate for underrepresented composers, and support and amplify the work of students and faculty in the School of Music and Dance.
  • PhD 2005, Music Theory, Yale University
  • MPhil 2001, Music Theory, Yale University
  • BA 1998, Music & English, Lawrence University