Dr Jason Stoessel

Lecturer in Music - School of Arts

Jason Stoessel

Phone: +61 2 6773 2624

Email: jason.stoessel@une.edu.au


Dr Stoessel is one of Australia's leading experts on Medieval and Renaissance music. His doctoral dissertation was on the music notation and musical culture of fourteenth-century France and Italy, and he has published extensively on various topics within the historical timeframe of 1250–1500. In addition to ongoing research on the emotional community of musicians and humanists in late medieval Padua, he is writing a new history of musical composition, focused on canonic techniques of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, in collaboration with Dr Denis Collins. He is also a computer programmer and digital musicologist who is interested in devising new tools to assist musical analysis and information management in music research.


Combined BMus/BA (UNE), BA Honours with University Medal (UNE), PhD (UNE)

Teaching Areas

Dr Stoessel lectures in Western music history, music analysis and music theory from the Middle Ages to the present.  Throughout his teaching, Dr Stoessel encourages critical thinking about music and music history. Another emphasis of his teaching is the acquisition of life-long learning and communication skills that serve graduates in their future careers in music and music-related vocations. 


2010 University of New England Teaching Commendation

2009 University of New England, School Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (For the development of a complete suite of new units that provide outstanding and innovative opportunities for music learning in the online environment)

Research Interests

Dr Stoessel's primary research focuses upon West European music and musical culture during the period 1250-1600. His research areas include music theory from ninth to fifteenth centuries, polyphonic song in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the polyphonic Mass in the fifteenth century and applications of computers to symbolic musical analysis.


2015–2017 Chief Investigator, with Denis Collins. “Canonic Techniques and Musical Change from c.1330 to c.1530.” Australian Research Council, Discovery Project Grants (project number DP150102135)

2014–2015 Associate Investigator, Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (project number CE110001011)

2013 International Research Visitorship for Mid-Career Scholars, Balzan Programme in Musicology "Towards a Global History of Music" led by Professor Reinhard Strohm. 10-week residency at the University of Oxford


Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Edited book

Stoessel, J. ed. Identity and Locality in Early European Music, 1028–1740. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7546-6487-1.

Refereed journal articles

Stoessel, J. "Climbing Mount Ventoux: The Contest/Context of Scholasticism and Humanism in Early Fifteenth-Century Paduan Music Theory and Practice." Intellectual History Review (forthcoming).

Stoessel, J. "The Making of Louise Hanson-Dyer Collection Manuscript 244 (LHD244)." Musica Disciplina (forthcoming).

Stoessel, J. "Editing Early English Music (Review Article)." Musicology Australia 38, no. 1 (2016): 108–16.

Stoessel, J. "Con lagreme bagnandome el viso: Mourning and Music in the Late Medieval Padua." Plainsong and Medieval Music 24/1 (2015): 71–89. doi: 10.1017/S0961137115000030.

Stoessel, J. with John Stinson. "Encoding Medieval Music Notation for Research." Early Music 42/4 (2014): 613–617. doi: 10.1093/em/cau093.

Stoessel, J."The Angevin Struggle for the Kingdom of Naples (c.1378–1411) and Politics of Repertoire in Mod A: New Hypotheses." Journal of Music Research Online 5 (2014). http://www.jmro.org.au/index.php/mca2/article/view/95

Stoessel, J. "Howling Like Wolves, Bleating Like Lambs: Singers and the Discourse of Animality in the Late Middle Ages." Viator 45/2 (2014): 201–236. doi: 10.1484/J.VIATOR.1.103918.

Stoessel, J. "Arms, a Saint and Inperial sedendo fra più stelle: The Illuminator of Mod A." Journal of Musicology 31/1 (2014): 1–42. doi: 10.1525/JM.2014.31.1.1.

Stoessel, J. “Revisiting Aÿ, mare, amice mi care.” Early Music 40/3 (2012): 455–468. doi: 10.1093/em/cas101.

Book chapters

Stoessel, J. "Introduction." In The Complete Extant Transmissions of the Masses by Guillaume Faugues. Edited by Rex Eakins, v–xiii. Lions Bay: The Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2016.

Stoessel, J. "The Makers and Owners of Early Fifteenth-Century Song Books in Italy: The Benedictine Contribution to the Courtly Musical Culture of the Late Middle Ages." In Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Before 1600. Edited by Lisa Colton and Tim Shephard. Turnhout: Brepols (forthcoming)

Stoessel, J. "Voice and Song in Early Encounters between Latins, Mongols, and Persians, c.1250-c.1350". In Towards a Global History of Music. Abington: Routledge. Edited by Reinhard Strohm (forthcoming).

Stoessel, J. “Scribes at Work, Scribes at Play: Challenges for Editors of the Ars subtilior.” In Early Music Editing: Principles, Historiography, Future Directions. Edited by Theodor Dumitrescu, Karl Kügle and Marnix van Berchum, 51–75. Epitome Musical. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. ISBN 978-2-503-55151-7

Recent Invited Lectures

Stoessel, J. "Johannes Ciconia ed i suoi poeti italiani: testo, immagine ed oltre nei primi anni del Quattrocento." L’intertestualità nell’ars nova europea tra musica e poesia. Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Florence, 14 December 2015.

Stoessel, J. "Ciconia and Zabarella in Padua: New discoveries, a redated motet and humanism." Yale Song Lab, Yale School of Music, Yale University, 30 October 2015.

Stoessel, J. "Perceptions of the Singing Voice in Early Encounters between Latins, Mongols, and Persians, c.1250-c.1350." Research Seminar, School of Music, Australian National University, 2 October 2014.

Stoessel, J."Matthæus Herbenus, The Miraculous Voice, and Singing like Animals in the Early Modern Era." The Voice and Histories of Emotions: 1500–1800. Department of Performance Studies, The University of Sydney, 29 September–1 October 2014.

Stoessel, J. “French-texted Songs at the Council of Constance: Influences, Paths of Transmission, and Trends.” Europäische Musikkultur
im Kontext des Konstanzer Konzils. Ehemaliges Kloster Petershausen/ Musikschule Konstanz, 19–21 June 2014.

Stoessel, J. "Transformative Notational Processes in Late Medieval Music: The Intellectual Context of the Missa L'Ardant desir." Notation as a Mode of Thinking/Mode of Conscience Workshop. Centre Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François-Rabelais, Tours, 29 May 2014.

Stoessel, J. “Culture Clashes: Animal Sounds and Vocal Stereotypes in Late Medieval Musical Encounters (c.1250–c.1550).” Musicology Seminar, University of Utrecht, 21 November 2013.

Stoessel, J. “Standing on Ceremony: What Can the Use of Liturgical Chant by Early Franciscan and Dominican Missionaries to the East Tell Us?”, Medieval History Seminar, All Souls College, University of Oxford, 11 November 2013.

Stoessel, J. “The Illuminator of Modena, Biblioteca Estense, ms. alfa.M.5.24: A Paduan monk in Bologna?” Basel Chapter of the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft, 14 October 2013.

Convened Conferences

Challenges and Conundrums - An International Symposium. New research into a little known music theory manuscript at the University of Melbourne. Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, 29 May 2015.

Mongols Howling, Latins Barking: Voice and Song in Early Musical Encounters in Precolonial Eurasia.
Inaugural Workshop in Balzan Programme in Musicology "Towards a Global History of Music". Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, Oxford, 2 December 2013.

(with Rex Eakins) Music as Local Tradition and Regional Practice. 29th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, 27 Sept–1 Oct 2006, Armidale, Australia.

Personal Research Blog


Research Supervision Experience

Supervision Areas

Primary areas: European music from the 11th to 16th centuries; Music theory from the 9th to 16th centuries; Notation and sources studies (palaeography, codicology); counterpoint; music editing and criticism; computational analysis of music; music and emotions.

Secondary areas: 18th–19th Century Music Aesthetics and Analysis; European avant garde music, c.1960–c.1990; Western repertoires for the violin family.