Director, School of Music Administration & Staff
Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division
B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Yale University
Jason Geary currently serves as Director of the University of Maryland School of Music, where he is also Professor of Musicology. Geary received his musical training as a pianist, earning his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Mack McCray and Logan Skelton, and as a young pianist he performed as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. He went on to earn degrees in musicology from the University of Michigan and Yale University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2004 with a dissertation on Mendelssohn’s stage music for Greek tragedy under the advisement of James Hepokoski.
Geary’s research interests are focused primarily on the music and culture of nineteenth-century Germany, in particular Mendelssohn, Wagner, Richard Strauss, and the German reception of classical Greece as it relates to the music of the period. His work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Musicology, Journal of Musicological Research, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and in edited collections published by Ashgate and Oxford University Press. He has also authored entries that have appeared in The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia, The African-American National Biography, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts. In addition, Geary has presented his research at national and international conferences in the United States, Europe, and Australia, and has delivered invited talks in a variety of settings, including recent lecture tours in China. He is the author of The Politics of Appropriation: German Romantic Music and the Ancient Greek Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2014) and is currently at work on a book that explores the theme of childhood in nineteenth-century music.
Geary has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, among them a Fulbright grant for research in Berlin and membership in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2008–09). In 2015, he was awarded membership in the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.
Prior to his appointment in 2016 as Director, Geary served on the musicology faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he held a series of administrative posts leading up to Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Equity, and Inclusion. While at Michigan, Geary spearheaded several initiatives aimed at improving the quality of graduate programs and led a comprehensive effort to enhance issues related to diversity and inclusion. In addition, he served on the Executive Board of the Rackham Graduate School and was an active participant in several university-wide committees. A fierce proponent of the importance of music in a liberal arts education, Geary is dedicated to fostering a spirit of interdisciplinary exchange and to exploring novel ways in which the arts can play a central role in community engagement.