Samuel Dorf

Associate Professor of Musicology; Early Music Ensemble

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Samuel Dorf
Phone: 937-229-3986

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Samuel N. Dorf is a musicologist and dance historian. He received a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Northwestern University in 2009. Dr. Dorf has published articles dealing with the performance and reinvention of ancient Greek music and dance in fin-de-siècle Paris, and queer music reception and has presented papers at history, queer studies, dance history, archaeology, and musicology conferences throughout North America and Europe. His research areas include intersections between musicology and dance studies and the history of technology, reception studies, queer studies, film studies, and the history of performance practice. He has won awards, grants and fellowships from Northwestern University, Harvard University, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the American Musicological Society. His book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance in Paris, 1890-1935, is under contract with Oxford University Press.


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2009
  • M.A. Tufts University, 2004
  • B.A., B.Mus, Boston University, 2002

Selected Publications

“Eva Palmer-Sikelianos Dances Aeschylus: The Politics of Historical Reenactment When Staging the Rites of the Past.” Choros: International Dance Journal 5 (Spring 2016): 1-11.

“The Classroom and Public Musicology,” Musicology Now, Official Blog of the American Musicological Society, 16 December 2015,

“Eroticizing Antiquity: Madame Mariquita, Régina Badet and the Dance of the Exotic Greeks from Stage to Popular Press.” In Opera, Exoticism and Visual Culture. Edited by Hyunseon Lee and Naomi Segal. Bern, Oxford, and New York: Peter Lang, 2015.

“Staging Antiquity.” guest introduced and edited, Opera Quarterly 29, no. 2 (Spring 2013).

"Dancing Greek Antiquity in Public and Private: Isadora Duncan's Early Patronage in Paris." Dance Research Journal 44, no. 1 (2012): 2-27.

Book review of Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet: Reconstruction of the Dance & Design for Jeux, by Millicent Hodson (Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2010) and Stravinsky's Pulcinella: A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches, by Maureen A. Carr (Middletown, WI: A-R Editions, 2008), in The Journal of the American Musicological Society 65, no. 1 (Spring, 2012): 276-288.

"Seeing Sappho in Paris: Operatic and Choreographic Adaptations of Sapphic Lives and Myths." Music and Art: International Journal for Music Iconography 38 (2009): 289-308.

"Étrange n'est-ce pas? The Princesse Edmond de Polignac, Erik Satie's Socrate, and a Lesbian Aesthetic of Music?" French Literature Series 34 (2007): 87-99.