Professor of Music History
Murray Steib joined the Ball State University School of Music faculty in the autumn of 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1981 and a PhD at the University of Chicago in 1992. Prior to coming to Ball State, he taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago and at Indiana University in Bloomington. He received an NEH Summer Fellowship in 1998, a Ball State New Faculty Development Grant and a Ball State International Faculty Development Grant in 2001, and the Newberry Library Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing in 2003. He won the College of Fine Arts Creative Endeavor Award in 2009, 2015, and 2020. He has served on the American Musicological Society Council and as President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
He specializes in the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially sacred music, and in musical borrowing during the Renaissance. He has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Musicology, Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis, Early Music History, the Journal of Musicology, Music Library Association Notes, the Journal of Musicological Research, and Renaissance Quarterly, and has contributed to the revised New Grove Dictionary and The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. He edited The Reader Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism, a reference guide to the monographic literature on music; co-edited the two-volume critical edition of Johannes Martini Masses, edited the two-volume critical edition of the Sacred Music of Johannes Martini and Johannes Brebis; and edited the critical edition of the Masses of Firminus Caron. He has read papers at national and international music history conferences in the United States and Europe, including the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, the International Medieval and Renaissance Conference in Europe, the Renaissance Society of America, the International Musicological Society, the South Central Renaissance Conference, the local and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, and a variety of specialty conferences on the motet. Current projects include an edition of the music of Vicente Lusitano—the first black composer published in the West— and a monograph on the composer Johannes Martini.