Benjamin Dobbs is an active scholar, pedagogue, and performer. As a music theorist and music historian, his research interests center broadly on the development of music and musical thought during the Protestant Reformation in Middle and North Germany, and include analytical methods for sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoires, the emergence of harmonic theory and its integration with contrapuntal practice and composition pedagogy, and the impact of the Thirty Years’ War on European musical cultures. Benjamin’s research has been supported by grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), the American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek, and the Toulouse Graduate School. He has presented at conferences throughout the USA, Germany, Austria, and Canada, and has published articles and reviews in Musiktheorie, Renaissance Quarterly, Theoria, Harmonia, and the forthcoming Lexikon des Orchesters.
Benjamin's dissertation for his Ph.D. in Music Theory situated Heinrich Baryphonus and Heinrich Grimm’s music manual, Pleiades musicae (1615/1630), within philosophical, religious, cultural, and music theoretical contexts. While at UNT, he held doctoral, teaching, and dissertation fellowships, and won awards for teaching and research. Upon graduating he joined the faculty at UNT as Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory.
Benjamin sings in the Greenville Chorale and the choir at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (Greenwood, SC), where he occasionally serves as cantor, conductor, and substitute organist.