Kite-Powell, Jeffery

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JEFFERY T. KITE-POWELL, Professor Emeritus at the Florida State University College of Music and former Coordinator of Music History and Musicology, received the B.M. degree in clarinet performance from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and the B.S. in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati. He earned an M.A. in Musicology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and the Ph.D. in Musicology with minors in Music Education and English Literature from the University of Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.

In addition to teaching music history and musicology-related courses, Professor Kite-Powell directed the FSU Early Music Ensemble, a group that has often exceeded fifty graduate and undergraduate students divided into ensembles of brass, woodwind, and string instrumentalists, and the vocal group Cantores Musicæ Antiquæ.

His publications include the definitive study of The Visby (Petri) Organ Tablature of 1611 (2 vols.), published by Heinrichshofen’s Press in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, 1980; the reconstruction of Hugo Leichsenring's important dissertation on church music in Hamburg during the Reformation (Berlin, 1922), published by Wagner Publishers, Hamburg, Germany, 1982; A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music, editor of and contributor to both the 1994 first edition (Schirmer Books) and the 2007 expand and revised second edition (Indiana University Press), in the  series Studies in Historical Performance Practice, of which he is the general editor; a translation and edition of Michael Praetorius's Syntagma Musicum III, published by Oxford University Press in 2004; an article entitled "Notating—Accompanying—Conducting: Intabulation Usage in the Levoca Manuscripts," in Proceedings of the First International Organ Academy of Göteborg, Sweden.  University of Göteborg Press, 1995: 99-130; and an article entitled “Michael Praetorius: In His Own Words.”  Early Music America 10/1 (Spring 2004): 26-29. In 2011 a book chapter entitled "Performance Forces and Italian Influence in Michael Praetorius's Syntagma Musicum III" was published as vol. 5 in the series Ligaturen: Musikwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, 115-32, Hildesheim: Georg Olms.  The revised and expanded edition of A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, edited by J. Kite-Powell, was released by Indiana University Press in February, 2012 (see  On his retirment, colleagues and former students from across the country contributed to a book entitled “Hands-On” Musicology: Essays in Honor of Jeffery Kite- Powell, published in November, 2012 (see  In 2014 his chapter on "Old and New German Organ Tablatures" will appear in the Encyclopedia of Tablature, published by Brepols Publishers, Belgium.

Dr. Kite-Powell has been an invited lecturer at international conferences in Göteborg, Sweden, 1994, Hamburg, Germany, 1995, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1997 (where he was the keynote speaker), and Wolfenbüttel, Germany, 2008.

He has been a clinician at workshops around the Southeast and has taught at the Amherst Early Music Institute.

Professor Kite-Powell served as president of Early Music America (1998-2001), treasurer of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (1997-1999), and president of the Southern Chapter of the American Musicological Society (1992-1994).

Other activities include service for several years (through 2010) on the editorial board of the Seventeenth-Century Society’s Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music, and he  served (2010-2012) on the American Musicological Society Performance Committee, and organized the events for the convention in San Francisco in November, 2011.  He has also served on the Advisory Board of Early Music America Magazine for several years.

Honors and awards include:

Travel to Collections grant from the NEH, 1992

President’s (FSU) Foundation Grant, 1992-1993

Teacher Incentive Award, 1994

Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Collegium Director; presented at the Boston Early Music Festival, June 2003



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My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
Ach mein Herre / straf mich doch nichtPraetorius, MichaelCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirFeb 11 20128:10
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb--Part 3Praetorius, MichaelCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirFeb 11 20125:51
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb--Part 2Praetorius, MichaelCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirFeb 11 20125:02
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb--Part 1Praetorius, MichaelCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirFeb 11 20127:20
Philov-HerdersM. PraetoriusFSU Early Music Ensemble, J. Kite-Powell, dirMar 6 20115:05
Lay A GarlandRobert Lucas PearsallCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirMar 6 20113:06
Lauda Jerusalem DomineClaudio MonteverdiCantores Musicæ Antiquæ; J. Kite-Powell, dirMar 6 20115:51
The Absolution from the Victoria Requiem: "Libera me" to the endTomás Luis da VictoriaCantores Musicæ Antiquæ, J. Kite-Powell, dir.Jul 10 20088:31
Tenebræ factæ suntGesualdo, CarloCantores Musicæ Antiquæ, J. Kite-Powell, dir.Jul 9 20086:19

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