Richard “Dick” Wetzel

Dick is Professor of Music History and Literature and Chair of Graduate Studies in the School of Music of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh and lectures on the history of European and American Music with emphasis on Jazz. His books, Frontier Musicians (Ohio University Press, 1976) and The Musical Life and Times of William Cumming Peters, 1805-1866 (Harmonie Park Press, Warren, Michigan, 2000) are notable scholarly achievements in the history of American Music. He has written essays for the two editions of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; The New Grove Dictionary of American Music; American Biography, and professional journals. His essay on music in the Midwest is contained in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Culture (Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2004) His most recent books are The Globalization of Music in History (Routledge, 2012), and Johann Leisentrit’s Geistliche Lieder und Psalmen, 1567, written in collaboration with Erika Heitmeyer (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013). Wetzel is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and ASCAP. He is past Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library System in Morgan County, Ohio, and has been Mayor of the Village of Chesterhill since 1983. He is a member of the board of the Morgan County Improvement Corporation and the Governor’s Clean Ohio Board for District 18.