Ryan Minor is an assistant professor of music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research focuses on the musical culture of nineteenth-century Germany, with particular emphases on opera, choral music, and music’s participation in the public sphere.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Minor will work on a book that examines the interlocking goals of public festivity and choral singing in nineteenth-century Germany. In looking both at specific compositions and at the cultural and political worlds for which they were written, he will explore how the symbolic promise of the mixed chorus—and its prominent participation in public celebrations—offered the burgeoning nation a ready image to embody both its shared history and its collective hopes.
Minor did his undergraduate work at Rice University and holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Stony Brook, he taught at Williams College. Minor has received grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, and in 2003–2004, he was a doctoral fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He recently coedited a special issue of Opera Quarterly on Wagner's Parsifal, and his work has also appeared in 19th-Century Music and Cambridge Opera Journal.