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 also co-edits, contributes to, and translates its annual newsletter, Faschiana. Dr. Reul served as the secretary-treasurer of the Pacific-Northwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society for fifteen years, retiring from her position in 2017. From 2014 to 2016 she was a member of the editorial board of Organ Canada, the national magazine of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She joined the editorial board of Understanding Bach, the peer-reviewed web journal of the Bach Network (BN), in 2016. Dr. Reul also served as the editor of Impetus, Luther College’s webzine, from fall 2015 to spring 2017. She has been the head organist and choir accompanist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Regina for many years and enjoys visiting her twin sister in Victoria, British Columbia. Since December 2017, Dr. Reul has also been volunteering her time to teach classes at the local YMCA (downtown location) as a certified Aquafit group instructor.

Courses Taught

MU 100 – Introduction to Music (offered next in Fall 2018; geared toward students who need a fine arts credit and are not majoring in music)

MUHI 202 – Survey: Post-1750 to Modern Period (offered next in Fall 2018; required for, and geared toward, B.Mus. and B.Mus.Ed. students)

MUHI 302 – Music of the Classical Period

MUHI 303 – Studies in Music of the Romantic Period

MUHI 305 – History of Music in Canada (offered next in Fall 2018, required for B.Mus. students)

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

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)

Please click here to find out more about the classes Dr. Reul will offer in Fall 2018.

Selected Recent Academic Publications

  1. Editor: Newsletter of the International Fasch Society, Faschiana 21 (August 2017): 1-14, see Includes review of the 2017 Fasch Festival (pp. 2-4) and obituary for Ludger Rémy, 2015 Fasch Prize recipient.
  2. Review article: “From Luther to Fasch – in four days flat”, The 14th International Fasch Festival 20-23 April 2017 in Zerbst/Anhalt, Germany, in Early Music Review (30 May 2017),
  3. Editor: Impetus, Winter/Spring 2017 issue (Editorial; Introduction to Table Talks),
  4. Assistant editor: Understanding Bach 12 (Winter 2017): 1-132,
  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.
  7. Book review: “Instrumentalists and Musical Life at the Weimar Court” – Review of Die Weimarer Hofkapelle 1683-1851 by Christian Ahrens (Sinzig: Studio-Verlag, 2015), 652 pp., in Early Music 44, no. 3 (August 2016): 479-482.

List of publications by Barbara M. Reul (in English and in German) current as of May 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.