Professor of Music and Department Chair, Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Departments

  • Liberal Arts
  • Music


  • B.M.,Wheaton College (Illinois)
  • M.M., DePaul University
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University


Jack Schmidt is Professor of Music and Chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Delaware Valley University where he conducts the Jazz Band and the Symphonic Band.  His research specialty is seventeenth-century German sacred music and he has published articles and presented papers on related topics for the American Musicological Society, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the College Music Society, the Miami Bach Society, the Maryland Arts Festival and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Presently Music Director of the Palisades Community Chorus and Associate Conductor of the Doylestown Symphonic Winds, Dr. Schmidt has conducted numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles including performances at the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival.  He has recorded CDs for Polygram and Liturgical Press with the Schola Cantorum of Chicago.  In addition to his teaching and conducting, Dr. Schmidt has led foreign study programs in Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Prague, Paris, Rome, Peru and Berlin.  Prior to his appointment at Delaware Valley University, Dr. Schmidt was on the faculties of Towson University and Elgin Community College.  In 2012 he was awarded the Delaware Valley College Outstanding Faculty Award.  Formerly a trombonist, Dr. Schmidt was an active free-lance musician based in Chicago, appearing with numerous orchestras, brass quintets and other ensembles throughout the Midwest.  He studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer, long-time bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony and conducting with Helmuth Rilling, Donald Neuen, and Rex Hicks.

Conferences, presentations, and publications

  • “Re-Thinking Music Education: Mentoring Students to Successfully Navigate the Challenges of the Future.” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society, October, 2011
  • “Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968: a Composer’s Response to the Russian Invasion of Prague” a lecture-recital as part of the Liberal Arts Department’s Symposium on the historic events of 1968
  • Andreas Hammerschmidt’s Geistliche Symphonien, a lecture-recital. Delaware Valley College Visiting Artist Series, March 25, 2007
  • “All we are saying … is pass out the ammo,” 2006 Delaware Valley College Honors Network Symposium on War and Peace, April 26, 2006
  • “The Foreign Study Program: A Strategy for Contextualizing Music in General Studies,” Annual meeting of the College Music Society, November 2004
  • “Elliot Carter, Oral Surgery and Other Painful Experiences,” President’s Banquet, Philadelphia Dental Society, May 2003
  • Instructor, Choral Conducting Workshop, Eastern Musicians Conference, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Catholic University, Washington, D.C., July 2000
  • “The Leipzig Audition Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and their Implications for Today’s Church Music.” The American Organist, March 2000
  • “A Composer’s Dilemma: Andreas Hammerschmidt and the Lutheran Theology of Music.” Choral Journal, December 1999
  • The Audition Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and Christoph Graupner, a lecture-recital. Delaware Valley College Visiting Artist Series, April 5, 1998
  • “Marice Ravel’s Tzigane” and “Roberto Sierra’s Idilio.” Teacher’s Manuals and Lesson Plans for Philadelphia Orchestra Student Concerts, 1998
  • Review of John Butt's Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque, Choral Journal, May 1997
  • "Andreas Hammerschmidt and the Art of Compromise: Navigating the Mine Field of Seventeenth Century Lutheran Views Regarding Music," Spring meeting, Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society, April 1997
  • “The Poetics of Music: Expressive Text Setting in 17th-Century German Sacred Music. " The Miami Bach Society, November 1994
  • Lecturer, Opera on Film series at Towson State University sponsored by Maryland Arts Council, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997


t: 215.489.2233
e: jack.schmidt@delval.edu

Office Hours

Lasker 314
Monday, Wednesday 1 - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.