S.E. Plank

S.E. Plank

Director, Division of Musicology
Andrew B. Meldrum Professor of Musicology
Director, Collegium Musicum

Professor of Musicology

Academia, teaching, and performance have always interested Professor of Musicology Steven Plank, and he says Oberlin helps keep all of his many interests alive.

Contact Information


Kohl 310
(440) 775-8237

S. E. Plank

S.E. Plank

Julie Crookston Gulenko '15

Educational Background

  • B.Mus. with honors, 1973, M.Mus., 1974, University of Louisville; PhD, Washington University (St. Louis), 1980; Studies in early music performance with Trevor Pinnock, James Tyler, Edward Tarr, and Bruce Dickey.

Steven Plank is the Andrew B. Meldrum Professor of Musicology and Director of the Oberlin Collegium Musicum. Appointed to the Oberlin faculty in 1980, he holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Louisville (1973, 1974), and earned a PhD from Washington University, where he studied musicology under Sir Curtis Price. His early music studies in performance and performance practice have been under the direction of Edward Tarr, Trevor Pinnock, James Tyler, and Bruce Dickey.

As a scholar, Plank specializes in the music of England, the study of historical brass instruments, and the relationship of liturgical spirituality and musical style, with articles appearing in various journals, including The Musical Times, Early Music, Music and Letters, Historic Brass Society Journal, Goldberg, and American Music, and in the music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. He is the author of two books, The Way to Heavens Doore (1994) and Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice (2004), the co-author with Charles McGuire of The Historical Dictionary of English Music, ca. 1400-1958 (2011), and the editor of the critical edition of John Eccles’s “dramatick opera” Rinaldo and Armida (2011). He serves on the editorial boards of the Historic Brass Society and the Riemenschneider Bach Institute.

In 2009 he received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America for distinguished work as the Director of the Collegium Musicum.