John Thomas Brobeck is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He holds a B. Mus. Degree magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College (1976), a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Pennsylvania (1991), and also has done advanced study in choral conducting, organ, and harpsichord. He came to the University of Arizona in 1988, and has coordinated its music history program since 1992. The principal focus of Prof. Brobeck’s research is French music and musical patronage during the 15th and 16th centuries. Publications include articles in Musica disciplina (1993), The Journal of the American Musicological Society (1995), The Journal of Musicology (1998), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev.ed.(2002), Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, rev. ed. (2003 ff.),and Notes (forthcoming).
He serves on the Board of the Arizona Early Music Society and in 2002-03 was President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society. He also is active as an organ recitalist, and holds an appointment as Organist and Assistant Director of Music for Northminster Presbyterian Church, Tucson. He lives in Tucson with his wife Sue and their three children, Philip, Marie, and Jenny.