Dr. Douglas Shadle (Ph.D., M.A., Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Louisville, where he currently teaches courses for general undergraduates, music majors, and graduate music students. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he earned a B.M. in Viola Performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston Moores School of Music in 2004.
A specialist in American classical music, Shadle is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Nineteenth-Century American Symphony, a narrative account of symphonic composition in the United States that illustrates the transatlantic nature of musical life in the nineteenth century as well as the particular challenges faced by American composers. His writings appear in American Music (2011), the Journal of the Society for American Music (forthcoming 2013), the Journal of Music History Pedagogy (forthcoming 2012), a collection of essays entitled Messiaen the Theologian, the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (forthcoming), the online American history journal Common-place (2008, 2013 [forthcoming]), The Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History (2010), and Foreign Musicians in Paris: A Web Resource edited by Annegret Fauser. In 2010 he also collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of scholars at the University of North Carolina on an NEH-funded digital humanities project about the life and times of a UNC student in the 1840s. His interactive web-based essay explores the varieties of musical experience available to antebellum college students. Shadleís other research interests include sacred music, African American music, the Gregorian chant revival, and French modernism, and he has presented on these and other subjects at international conferences on nineteenth-century music, the national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, and several regional conferences.
He is also an active supporter of classical music in the local community and frequently gives pre-concert talks for some of Louisvilleís premier organizations and concert series, including the Louisville Orchestra and the University of Louisville Music eX Series.