Dr. Dale Monson studied clarinet performance as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, where he also received a Master of Music degree in music theory. He later focused on historical musicology at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. He has been a member of the music faculties at the University of Michigan, the Pennsylvania State University, and Brigham Young University (where he was also Director of the School), and in 2009 was appointed Director of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.
As a young clarinetist he was a featured soloist on the Utah Symphony’s “Salute to Youth” program. He studied orchestral conducting throughout his university years, leading the Chamber Orchestra of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in a series of concerts and serving as assistant conductor at the Lake George Opera Festival, Brigham Young University, and Columbia University orchestras while a graduate student. He has taught music history courses throughout his career, including surveys and advanced seminars of music primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dr. Monson has published articles and editions on opera from the baroque and early classic, often exploring the impact that singers had on the composition of opera, and has been Director of the Pergolesi Research Center. Other interests include historical performance practice, the music of the early 20th century, Stravinsky, and the evolution of musical Romanticism.