Samantha Owens

Professor Samantha Owens

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2012
  • Section(s): Arts


Samantha Owens is Professor of Musicology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland. Her research centres on historical performance practices and performance cultures, particularly early modern German court music, the musical life of early eighteenth-century Dublin, and the reception of German music and musicians in New Zealand and Australia, 18501950 (including itinerant ‘German bands’). In addition to holding two Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships, hosted by the Institut fÜr Musik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (20092010), and the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig (2018), respectively, she has held visiting fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek, WolfenbÜttel (2004), and at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (20072008).

Professor Owens’ publications include The Well-Travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser and Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe (2017), Johann Sigismund Kusser, Adonis (2009), Music at German Courts, 17151760: Changing Artistic Priorities (2011, co-edited with Barbara M. Reul and Janice B. Stockigt FAHA), Searches for Tradition: Essays on New Zealand Music, Past & Present (2017, co-edited with Michael Brown), and J. S. Bach in Australia: Studies in Reception and Performance (2018, co-edited with Denis Collins and Kerry Murphy FAHA).

Acknowledgement of Country

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