Dr. Joel Haney

Ph.D. in Music History, Yale University 
Master of Arts in Musicology, University of Minnesota 
Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, University of Minnesota 
Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, Saint Olaf College

Music History & Literature, Music Appreciation, Chamber Music


Dr. Haney’s research centers on the historical interpretation of European art music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has spoken and published on programmatic meaning in Felix Mendelssohn’s music and on Paul Hindemith’s compositional development in relation to debates over German modernism after World War I, stressing Hindemith’s reaction against nationalism and alliances with the non-Germanic projects of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Bartók. Currently, he is asking how Hindemith’s chamber compositions might configure their performers into meaningful human relationships, applying concepts from jazz research and drawing parallels between performance processes, Hindemith’s socially-grounded thinking, and Martin Buber’s philosophy of dialogue. Dr. Haney is a past Vice President and Program Chair of the Pacific-Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. 


“Marking Time Musically.” Critical essay on The Long Christmas Dinner (opera by Paul Hindemith and Thornton Wilder) for the American Symphony Orchestra production conducted by Leon Botstein at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, December 2014. URL: americansymphony.org/marking-time-musically-paul-hindemiths-the-long-christmas-dinner/

“Hindemith, Paul.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Hindemith’s French Connection: An Alliance Made in Wartime.” Hindemith-Jahrbuch 39 (2010): 54-94.

“Slaying the Wagnerian Monster: Hindemith, Das Nusch-Nuschi, and Musical Germanness after the Great War.” The Journal of Musicology 25/4 (Fall 2008): 339-93.

“Navigating Sonata Space in Mendelssohn’s Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt.” 19th-Century Music 28/2 (Fall 2004): 108-132.


In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Haney is heavily involved in community outreach through events like the annual CSUB Chamber Music Workshop. He also gives music lectures in the broader Bakersfield community, including annual prep lectures for high school students participating in the United States Academic Decathlon. Activities like these led to his receiving the 2013 College & University Music Educator of the Year Award from the Kern County Music Educators Association.

Dr. Joel Haney