Music History Faculty

William Gibbons

Associate Professor of Musicology; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

William Gibbons is a musicologist focusing primarily on opera studies and music in film and interactive media. He is the author of Building the Operatic Museum: Eighteenth Century Opera in Fin-de-Siècle Paris (University of Rochester Press, 2013) and co-editor of Music in Video Games: Studying Play (Routledge, 2014).  His articles have appeared in major academic journals such as 19th Century Music, Opera Quarterly, The Journal of the Society for American Music, Game Studies, and Music and the Moving Image. He has presented extensively at national and international conferences, and has been invited to speak on lecture series and symposia at institutions including The University of Southampton, Indiana University-Bloomington, and The University of Iowa. He delivered a keynote address at the 2013 Ludomusicology UK game-music conference at the University of Liverpool, and in 2014 was invited to speak at a symposium in Vienna honoring the 300th birthday of Christoph Willibald Gluck jointly sponsored by the University of Vienna, The Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, and the Academie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.

Gibbons’s current projects include a new book, Unlimited Replays: Classical Music and the Meanings of Art in Video Games, as well as chapters for essay collections including The Oxford Handbook of the Operatic Canon (Oxford University Press), Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music (Equinox Press), Debugging Game History: A Lexicon (MIT Press), and The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (Routledge). In addition to musicological pursuits, he performs frequently as a collaborative pianist and harpsichordist, specializing in music of the early baroque and music since 1900.

Gibbons holds a B.A. in music (collaborative piano) from Emory & Henry College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth C. Bartlet grant from the American Musicological Society, a research grant from the Center for the Study of the American South, and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Before joining the TCU faculty in 2011, Gibbons taught courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa.

BA- Emory & Henry College
MA- Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD- Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill