Dr. Matthew Laube
Assistant Professor of Church Music
PhD Royal Holloway, University of London
M.Mus. Royal Holloway, University of London
M.M. University of Utah
B.A. University of Southern Mississippi
Academic Interests and Research
Music and the Reformation; social history of early modern music; church music and confessional coexistence; music and imprisonment; singing and catechesis; early modern street song and street singers; music in underground religious communities; Calvinism and music; vernacular Catholic song; historical brass instruments.
Matthew Laube joined the Baylor School of Music in 2022. Before this, Dr. Laube was a doctoral and postdoctoral research assistant at The British Library in 2011 and 2014. Between 2014 and 2017, he was a Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Fellow jointly at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Cambridge, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Robinson College, Cambridge. Most recently Dr. Laube was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History at Birkbeck, University of London. Since October 2018, he has been Assistant Editor and Reviews Editor of the journal Early Music History. Dr. Laube completed an MM in Trombone Performance at the University of Utah, and an MM and PhD in Musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Dr. Laube is a historian of church music with a special interest in music in the Protestant Reformation. His doctoral dissertation, which he is currently expanding into book form, examined church music, religious reform, and social and confessional difference in Reformation Heidelberg. Dr. Laube’s recent work has investigated music in the Dutch Reformation and the Eighty Years’ War. He is especially interested in the history of religious toleration and coexistence, and in deeper, pre-modern histories of Christian music in hospitals, prisons, and underground churches. His classes aim to uncover the context and complexity of music in historical religious communities and connect them to contemporary church contexts of today.
“Devotion,” in The Museum of Renaissance Music: A History in 100 Exhibits, ed. Vincenzo Borghetti and Tim Shephard (Turnhout: Brepols, 2022).
“A Black Life in Reformation Heidelberg: Dietrich Mohr, Kettledrummer and Trumpeter,” Past & Present Blog, 22 October 2020
“The Harmony of One Choir’? Music and Social Unity in Reformation Heidelberg,” Past & Present, Volume 248, Issue 1, August 2020, 41–86
Theatres of Belief: Music and Conversion in the Early Modern City, coedited with Marie-Alexis Colin and Iain Fenlon (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021)
“Materializing Music in the Lutheran Home,” Past & Present, Volume 234, Issue suppl_12, November 2017, 114–138
“Confessional Networks, Cultural Exchange and the Printed Music of Jerome Commelin (c.1550–1597),” in International Exchange in the Early Modern Book World, ed. Matthew McLean and Sara Barker (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 259–281.