Barbara Reul

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Barbara Reul

Dr. Barbara Reul
LC 204


Dr. Reul is a full professor of musicology and teaches a variety of music courses at Luther College, ranging from music appreciation classes to graduate reading courses. She received an “Inspiring Teaching Award” in 2004 prior to being mentioned as a “Popular Prof” in McLean’s Magazine three years in a row. Dr. Reul’s main area of expertise is Baroque music, specifically musical life at the court of Anhalt-Zerbst, the German childhood home of Catherine the Great, and the life and works of Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758), a contemporary of Bach and Handel. Dr. Reul is passionate about archival research; she has presented her research all over the world and published numerous articles as well as edited books in both English and German (see publication list below). In 2005, Dr. Reul was the recipient the International Fasch Prize; this was the first time the city of Zerbst/Anhalt presented this award to a scholar based outside of Germany. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. Reul was the President of the International Fasch Society, and since April 2015, continues to serve on its Executive Board as Vice-President. She has also co-edited, contributed to, and translated its annual newsletter, Faschiana, since the late 1990s. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Reul was a member of the editorial board of Organ Canada, the national magazine of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She served as the secretary-treasurer of the Pacific-Northwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society for fifteen years, retiring from her position in 2017. That same year Dr. Reul co-edited the final issue of Understanding Bach, the peer-reviewed web journal of the Bach Network (BN). From fall 2015 to spring 2017, she also served as the editor of Impetus, Luther College’s webzine. Moreover, Dr. Reul has been the head organist and choir accompanist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Regina for many years and enjoys teaching classes at the local YMCA (downtown location) as a certified Aquafit group instructor.

Courses Taught

MU 100 – Introduction to Music (last offered in Fall 2018)
What would life be without music? This entertaining survey course is geared toward students with no or little musical background who wish to increase their listening skills, and learn more about Western classical art music. We will begin with the instruments of the orchestra and basic musical elements, followed by a chronological survey of important composers (think Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, etc.) and representative genres (chant, symphony, concerto, opera, etc.). There will be two midterms, a concert report and a final exam to write, with detailed study guides provided for each; all other important materials will be posted on our UR Courses, including lecture notes. NOTE: Attendance of local concerts featuring classical music is required. No music reading ability is required.

MUHI 202 – Survey: Post-1750 to Modern Period (last offered in Fall 2018)
Taking J. S. Bach’s death in 1750 as its starting point, this fast-paced survey class traces the intriguing history and everchanging styles of European music during the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. Students will develop basic listening, writing and critical thinking skills over the course of the semester and write three midterms. Two shorter assignments will prepare students for carrying out research on and writing a research paper, including a bibliography, on a pre-assigned topic; it will replace the final exam. Detailed study and assignment guides as well as lecture notes will be posted on our UR Courses website. Attendance of local concerts is also required. NOTE: This class is compulsory for and geared toward students majoring in music and music education; all registered students must have music reading skills and possess a basic knowledge of music theory. All other students, including those intending to minor in music, are advised to take MU 100 first.

MUHI 203 – Survey: From Chant to Baroque: Winter semester 2019, M/W/F, 11:30-12:20 pm (LC 202)
In this course – a continuation of MUHI 202 – we will examine Western Classical art music and its changing role in society by focusing on a carefully selected repertory of representative composers and their oeuvres in this lecture-based survey course. Specifically, we will trace and view, through a variety of different lenses, the evolution of style and repertoire from the Middle Ages (Chant) to the late Baroque (J.S. Bach). Emphasis will be placed on sharpening students’ listening, writing, and presentation skills via: a written assignment that requires students to edit their own work upon feedback received from the instructor and the LCUR “Writing Across the Disciplines” Coordinator; three tests (in lieu of a final exam); and an in-class presentation on an assigned topic. NOTE: Attendance of concerts for credit during the semester is required.

MUHI 302 – Music of the Classical Period

MUHI 303 – Studies in Music of the Romantic Period

MUHI 305 – History of Canadian Music (last offered in Fall 2018)
“Music brings people together.” (Gord Downie) This seminar-style course will focus on Canada’s rich musical heritage of the past and the present, with emphasis on why, how, where and, most importantly, by whom musical communities, identities, and styles have been created, especially across cultures. A variety of activities in- and outside of the classroom will provide students with multiple opportunities to hone their research, writing, listening, presentation, discussion, reflection and critical thinking skills. There will be no final exam; attendance of specific local musical events for credit is required. NOTE: This class is mandatory for, and therefore geared toward upper-level students majoring in music. Other upper-level students should check with the instructor prior to registering; the successful completion of MU 100 would be an asset.

MUHI 311 – J. S. Bach and his Contemporaries

MUHI 320AF – Schubert and the Lied

MUHI 415 – History of Performance Practice

MUHI 417AA – The Story of Opera: Winter semester 2019, M/W/F, 9:30-10:20 am (LC 202)
The focus of this course, geared at upper-level music majors, is the centuries-old tradition of opera, specifically the stories this vocal genre tells. Students will explore how operas were understood at the time of their creation and examine how operatic experiences have changed over time. A variety of assignments will enable students to hone their critical reading, viewing, writing, debating, and thinking skills, including a plot and character study and posing discussion questions on assigned readings. In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare and – upon feedback received from the instructor and the LCUR “Writing Across the Disciplines” Coordinator – revise journal entries that document their activities throughout the semester. NOTE: Attendance of two specific live-broadcasts in “The Met: Live in HD” series – on Feb. 2, 2019 and March 2, 2019 – is required for credit.

MUHI 418 – Music, Women and Culture

MUHI 494AA – Bibliography and Research Methods (for B.Mus./ B.A. Music History majors/B.A. Honours MAP music students only)

MUHI 495AA – Honour’s Thesis (for B.Mus./ B.A. Music History majors/B.A. Honours MAP music students only)

MU 813 – Directed Studies in Music Literature: Choral Literature (for graduate students only)

MU 815 – Graduate Bibliography (for graduate students only) – offered in Winter 2019 semester

Selected Recent Academic Publications

  1. Book review (in German): Land ohne Herr – Fürst ohne Hof? Friedrich August von Anhalt-Zerbst und sein Fürstentum(State without a ruler – Prince without a court? Friedrich August of Anhalt-Zerbst and his Principality), Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte Sachsen-Anhalts 15 (Halle/Saale: Mitteldeutscher Verlag, 2018), in: Mitteilungen des Vereins für Anhaltische Landeskunde 28 (2019), in press.
  2. Editor: Bi-lingual annual newsletter of the International Fasch Society, Faschiana 22 (Fall 2018), downloadable at
  3. Editor: Conference Proceedings (in German and English): Fasch und die Konfessionen (Fasch and the confessional landscape of his day, = Fasch-Studien 14), eds. Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt and Internationale Fasch-Gesellschaft e. V. Zerbst [ed. Barbara M. Reul and Konstanze Musketa] (Beeskow: Ortus, 2017, appeared in print in September 2018), soft cover, 432 pp.,
  4. Article (in German): “Fürstliche Trauermusiken am Anhalt-Zerbster Hof vor und während der Amtszeit von Johann Friedrich Fasch" ("Princely Funeral Music at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst before and during Johann Friedrich Fasch's tenure as Kapellmeister"), in: Fasch und die Konfessionen (=Fasch-Studien 14), pp. 317-350; includes abstract in English.
  5. Scholarly translation: "'Having to perform and direct the music in the Capellmeister’s stead for two whole years: Observations on How Bach Understood His Post during the 1740s'" by Michael Maul (originally published in German in Bach-Jahrbuch 101 (2015): 75-97), in Understanding Bach 12 (2017): 37-58.
  6. Article: "'An organ Max Reger (1873-1916) himself would have enjoyed playing on' - The Max-Reger-Memorial Organ in Weiden (Oberpfalz), Germany", in Organ Canada (Winter 2017): 9-11.

List of publications by Barbara M. Reul (in English and in German) current as of November 2018. Please email barbara.reul (at) if you are interested in specific articles and do not have access to electronic databases or print publications through your university library.