Oklahoma Baptist University

Dr. Kristen Stauffer Todd

Professor of Music History

Raley Chapel 131

OBU Box 61234
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804


Kristen Todd is a lively and thought-provoking speaker. She has given numerous pre-concert lectures with expertise in early music, Romanticism, and musical cultural identity. She received an award for her dissertation in 1998 and received the 2004 OBU Promising Teacher Award. She has performance experience with period instruments including recorders, Baroque flute, krummhorns and harpsichord. In the fall of 2003, she helped to form Collegium Musicum, an ensemble of students who perform music on period instruments. The group performs music primarily written before 1700 in public recitals once a semester. Dr. Todd enjoys hiking, travel, and reading interesting, non-musicological works. In the fall she particularly enjoys being outdoors watching the leaves change (when possible). She's a mountain dulcimer player, a recorder soloist, a pianist, a beginning gardener, and insists on watching the Dallas Cowboys play as often as she can. Dr. Todd is a member of First Baptist Church in Shawnee where she teaches Sunday school. She lives in Shawnee with her husband, Philip, and their daughters Olivia Grace and Helena Joy.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.M., University of North Texas
B.Mus., Baylor University

Courses Taught

FNAR 2063: Arts and Western Culture
FNAR 2163: Arts and Ideas
MUSC 1701: Introduction to Music Study
MUSC 3202: History of Music and Art I: Non-tonal Music
MUSC 3213: History of Music and Art II: Music of the Common Practice Era
MUSC 4233: Twentieth-Century History and Theory
Special Topics in Music History and Literature (Symphonic Literature, Opera Literature, Film Music, History of Popular Genres, Women in Music)
Honors Colloquium: Music and Narrative
"The Viennese Aesthetic"
"Readings in Jazz History"

Selected Publications

"The Nature of Nature," invited pre-concert lecture, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, April 2008

"William Trotter Porter as Reluctant Critic: On the First volume of Porter's Spirit of the Times," presented at the annual meeting of the Society for american Music, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2006.

"The Praetorius Paradigm: Some Thoughts on the Syntagma Musicum," invited lecture, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, February 2005 (in conjunction with Consort Rubrica, OBU's Collegium Musicum).

"Romantic Visions of American Opera and American Visions of Romantic Opera: Donizetti, Bellini, and Spirit of the Times," Twelfth Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Leeds, July 2002.

"A Chronicle of the Turf and the Stage: Kentucky's Music as Represented in Spirit of the Times," presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, March 2002.

"Popular Music Appropriations of Old Testament Imagery: Sting and 'Rock Steady'" presented at the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, September 2000.

"Of Divas and Donizetti: Representations of Italian Opera in Spirit of the Times" presented at the annual meeting of the American Conference on Romanticism, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, November 1999.