Joel Haney, Ph.D.

Joel Haney holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Yale University, an M.M. in Trumpet from the University of Minnesota, and a B.M. (summa cum laude) from Saint Olaf College. He joined the CSU-Bakersfield Music Department in the fall of 2006, where he teaches music history (art-music surveys, period courses, opera, and American music) and music appreciation in the Music Major, General Education, and Honors curricula and directs a flourishing chamber music program. He also gives music-oriented lectures to the broader Bakersfield community and delivers annual prep lectures to high school students from across California who are participating in the United States Academic Decathlon.

Dr. Haney's scholarly research centers on the historical interpretation and analysis of German art music from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His 2006 dissertation situates Paul Hindemith's immediate post-World War I compositional development amid debates over the future of German musical modernism and musical "Germanness" itself. In doing so, it stresses Hindemith's indebtedness to the non-German modernist projects of Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Béla Bartók. A more recent scholarly interest lies in applying insights from philosophical hermeneutics and phenomenology to better understand the act of experiencing music.

Dr. Haney has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences and has published on Hindemith and Felix Mendelssohn in The Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, and the Hindemith-Jahrbuch. He has also authored the Hindemith entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music. Among the awards and honors he has received are the Hollace Anne Schafer Award from the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship for research in Germany, dissertation fellowships from Yale University, and membership in the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. Dr. Haney currently serves as Vice President of the Pacific-Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society.