Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Michigan
M.A. in Musicology, University of Western Ontario
B.Mus., Queen's University
Melanie Batoff is an assistant professor of music at Luther College, where she teaches music history classes and coordinates senior papers. She is a medieval musicologist, with secondary teaching and research interests in Renaissance music and ethnomusicology. Prior to her appointment at Luther, Dr. Batoff taught at Baldwin Wallace University.
Her research focuses on medieval plainchant, liturgical drama, and theology, with special interest in Easter reenactments known as the Visitatio sepulchri (Visit of the Sepulcher). She has an article forthcoming in Cantus Planus Proceedings and has published a book review in Plainsong and Medieval Music. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at the American Musicological Society National and Midwest Conferences, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, The ‘Cantus Planus’ Study Group of the International Musicological Society, and the Canadian University Music Society. A doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada supported the research and writing of her dissertation, Re-envisioning the Visitatio sepulchri in Medieval Germany (2013). She is also a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.