Photo of Steven Plank
  • Professor of Musicology
  • Director, Division of Musicology
  • Director, Collegium Musicum


  • BMus with honors, University of Louisville, 1973
  • MMus, University of Louisville, 1974
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 1980
  • Studies in early music performance with Trevor Pinnock, James Tyler, Edward Tarr, and Bruce Dickey 


Appointed to the Oberlin faculty in 1980, Steven Plank holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the University of Louisville (1973, 1974), and a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied musicology under Sir Curtis Price.

His early music studies in performance and performance practice have been under the direction of Edward Tarr, Trevor Pinnock, James Tyler, and Bruce Dickey.

He received the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America in 2009 for distinguished work as the director of the Collegium Musicum.

Plank has written articles that have appeared in various journals, including The Musical Times, Early Music, Music and Letters, Historic Brass Society Journal, Goldberg, and American Music, and in the music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.

He is the author of two books, The Way to Heavens Doore (1994) and Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice (2004); the coauthor with Charles McGuire of The Historical Dictionary of English Music, ca. 1400-1958 (2011); and the editor of the critical edition of John Eccles’s “dramatick opera” Rinaldo and Armida (2011).

He serves on the editorial boards of the Historic Brass Society and the Riemenschneider Bach Institute.

As a scholar, Plank specializes in the music of England, the study of historical brass instruments, and the relationship of liturgical spirituality and musical style.


Renaissance Guy

October 21, 2015
Past members of Oberlin’s early music ensemble reunite for their mentor’s milestone.