Scott Messing

Scott Messing, Charles A. Dana Professor of Music, joined the music faculty in 1982. He specializes in teaching music history and theory classes, although he has taught more than twenty different courses over the past thirty-four years. His scholarly expertise covers continental European music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His most recent book, Marching to the Canon (University of Rochester Press), appeared in 2014. Other books include the two-volume Schubert in the European Imagination (University of Rochester Press, 2006–2007). His Neoclassicism in Music remains a frequently quoted study of this central trend in twentieth-century music. He has some thirty refereed articles and papers to his credit. An article in the Journal of the American Liszt Society appeared in 2014. Recent papers include topics on Beethoven (American Musicological Society, fall 2014) and Schubert (Austrian Studies Association, spring 2015).

Over the past six years, his works have been cited in more than seventy publications in a half dozen languages. His most recent presentation was an invited paper in November at the Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

In addition to being named Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in 2000, he has twice received the Barlow Award for Faculty Excellence (1994, 2008). He also serves as president of Alma’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.


Dana Professor



Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Rutgers University



My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

historical musicology

My expertise:

Professor Messing is an expert on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century classical music. His books include Neoclassicism in Music (1988, repr. 1996), Schubert in the European Imagination (2 vols., 2006-07), and Marching to the Canon (2014). 

Music history/theory/composition:

Music History, Literature and Theory