Terry Dean

Terry Dean is Assistant Professor of Musicology and Gender Studies. He holds the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Musicology from the University of Georgia, where he specialized in early modern Italian opera.

Dr. Dean’s research interests focus on the relationship between Sergey Prokofiev’s opera aesthetic and the nineteenth-century Russian opera tradition, with particular emphasis on the context of this relationship with Soviet Socialist aesthetics. Based on interdisciplinary approachs draws heavily upon cultural history, as well as on literary and theatrical traditions, in its exploration of early modern intersections of music, poetry, drama and dance. In addition to his work on Russian and Soviet music, Dr. Dean’s scholarly interests include primitivist aesthetics, Russian horn music, simfonizm in the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, and issues of gender in Russian and Soviet opera. Beyond Russian music studies, Dr. Dean has done work in the areas of music history pedagogy and American musical theater. In addition to his work in musicology, Dr. Dean completed graduate course work in horn performance at West Virginia University with Virginia Thompson and remains an active performer of chamber and orchestral music.

Dr. Dean has presented his research at regional and national conferences including meetings of the American Musicological Society. He is a contributor of articles and reviews in Three Oranges: The Journal of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, Fontes Artis Musicae, and the forthcoming The Ashgate Research Companion to Serge Prokofiev as well as the encyclopedia Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. Currently, he is working on articles concerning the musical and dramaturgical relationships between Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko as well as a book on the activities of the Rachmaninoff Memorial Fund and its piano competition.

Prior to coming to his appointment at Indiana State University, he served on the faculties of Gainesville State and Piedmont Colleges in Georgia. He also taught courses through the University System of Georgia’s Independent and Distance Learning Program and worked as part of The University of Georgia Writing Intensive and Honors Programs. At ISU, Dr. Dean teaches courses in music history, popular music, world music, and research methodologies/music bibliography.

Ph.D. University of Georgia
M.A. University of Georgia
B.A. West Virginia University