Reginald L. Sanders joined the faculty of the music department in 2000, following two years of dissertation research in Germany as the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. His scholarship focuses primarily on members of the Bach Family, especially Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel, and also extends to art songs, opera, and interdisciplinary studies. He has presented papers at national and international conferences and his scholarship has appeared in such publications as the Bach-Jahrbuch, Göttinger Händel-Beiträge, Hamburger Jahrbuch für Muskwissenschaft and the Oxford Composer Companions: J. S. Bach.
In 2000, the American Bach Society awarded him and co-author Daniel R. Melamed the William H. Scheide Prize for the best publication by scholars in the early stages of their careers for "Zum Text und Kontext der 'Keiser' Markuspassion," which appeared in the 1999 Bach-Jahrbuch. For the series Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, he has edited the oratorio Die Israeliten in der Wüste (IV/1, 2008), Einführungsmusiken IV (Installation Cantatas V/3.4, 2013), and Miscellaneous Sacred Works III (V/6.3, 2018). Most recently, he co-edited and contributed an essay to Compositional Choice and Meaning in the Vocal Music of J. S. Bach (Lexington Books, 2018).
From 2003-2008, he served as editor of Bach Notes, the biannual publication of the American Bach Society, and he has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Bach Society since 2012.
Areas of Expertise
Bach family and music in the Baroque and Classical periods, music in the 19th century, opera, music and dance and other interdisciplinary studies
2001 — Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University
1994 — Master of Arts from San Francisco State University
1981 — B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University