Kristy Swift

Kristy Swift

Assoc Professor - Educator

Assistant Professor of Musicology - Educator

Emery Hall

CCM Musicology - 0003

Professional Summary

Kristy Swift’s research interests include digital humanities, film music, historiography, identity and music, music history pedagogy, music of Cincinnati and opera. Her monograph Thinking About Music History: Textbooks and the Canon is forthcoming from Clemson University Press. She is a member of the CCM Cincinnati Sounds: Exploring a Musical City Through Digital Exhibits project team, which received the UC Strategic Collaborative Award.

Swift has presented her research at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, Music and the Moving Image and Music History Pedagogy Conferences. Her work has been published in the Journal of Music History PedagogyThe Diapason and Music Research Forum. Swift has taught hybrid and traditional face-to-face courses in American opera, madness in opera, opera and disability, politics and opera, protest(ed) music, Copland, Handel, Verdi, Wagner, research and writing, and graduate and undergraduate music history surveys at CCM and at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

As soloist and accompanist, she has performed throughout the United States in venues ranging from local Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky sites to Carnegie Hall. She has also served as director of music and organist at churches in Ohio and Florida.

Swift earned a PhD in musicology and DMA in organ studying with Roberta Gary at CCM. She also received an MM in organ studying with William Bodine and BM in education from the University of Florida. She served on the organ committee at Newtown United Methodist Church in Cincinnati for the installation of the M. P. Rathke Opus 8 pipe organ.


PhD: University of Cincinnati (musicology)

DMA: University of Cincinnati (organ)

MM: University of Florida (organ)

Bachelor of Music Education: University of Florida


Peer Reviewed Publications

Kristy Swift (2011. ) Grappling With Donald Jay Grout's Essays on Music Historiography .Journal of Music History Pedagogy, , 1 (2 ) ,135 -166

Published Books

Kristy Swift (in progress) Thinking About Music History: Textbooks and the Canon .Clemson University Press (Author)

Kristy Swift (in progress) Music History Resources: Modern Musicology in the College Classroom . (Author)


Paper Presentations

Kimber Andrews, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, and Kristy Swift (2022. ) Engaging in Trauma-informed Pedagogy Theory and Practice: For Who? For You! .Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching Miami University, Oxford, OH. Conference.

Kristy Swift (2022. ) Pedagogy of Sound, Music, and Trauma .Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Conference. Level:International

Jim Davis, Horace Maxile, Jr., Kristy Swift, Kristen Turner, and Jacqueline Warwick (2021. ) 360-degree Music History Pedagogy .Online. Professional Meeting. Level:International

Kristy Swift (2021. ) Drive-In Congregational Music Geographies: Reflections from the Parking Lot .Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, UK (remote). Conference. Level:International

Kristy Swift (2020. ) Teaching and Researching Sing Cincinnati on the Virtual Stage .UC (remote). UC.

Kristy Swift (2020. ) Creating Wicked Students: Protest and Protested Music Assignments and Assessments .Online. Conference. Level:National

Kristy Swift (2020. ) Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Hildur Guðnadóttir’s “Bathroom Dance” as Sonic Trans-diegetic Bridge in Joker .New York University (remote). Conference. Level:International

Kristy Swift (2016. ) Dissonant Dissidents: George Frideric Handel’s Music in Three Cinematic Mad Scenes .New York University , New York. Conference. Level:International

Kristy Swift (2015. ) Explaining Hell to the Savages”: The Origins of Donald Jay Grout’s A History of Western Music from 1950 to 1960 .Louisville, KY. Conference. Level:International

Kristy Swift (2015. ) For some reason, this one really got to me’: Narrating Jazz in Donald Jay Grout and Claude V. Palisca’s A History of Western Music .Society for American Music Lancaster, PA. Conference.

Kristy Swift (2013. ) Donald Jay Grout and ‘The Lunatic Fringe .Pittsburgh, PA. Professional Meeting. Level:International

Courses Taught

American Opera

Black Opera


Disability and Music

Divas and Divos

Graduate Music History Review

Graduate Research and Writing

Handel Renaissance

Introduction to Music Studies

Madness in Opera

Musicology I (co-taught)

Music History II

Opera and Politics

Protest(ed) Music

Research Methods

Sing Cincinnati

Sound, Music, and Trauma

Sing Cincinnati

Verdi: Divas and Scholars


Opera: History, Style, and Context

Contact Information

College-Conservatory of Music Mary Emery Hall 4240
Phone: 513 556 9510