Associate Professor Samantha Owens

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Music
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


In addition to being an Honorary Associate Professor at UQ, Samantha Owens is Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington (e-mail:, where she teaches papers on European art music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her research centres on historical performance practices and performance cultures, including:

  • early modern German court music (including Singballett and the history of the orchestra);
  • the musical life of early eighteenth-century Dublin;
  • John Sigismond Cousser (aka Johann Sigismund Kusser; 1660–1727); and
  • the reception of German music and musicians in New Zealand and Australia, 1850–1950 (including itinerant ‘German bands’)

Samantha’s current major project is a monograph entitled The Well-Travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser and Cultures of Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe, supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (2013–2015).

In 2012, Samantha was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and has also held visiting fellowships at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany (2004); Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2007–2008); and at the Institut für Musik, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow (2009–2010). Currently, Samantha is also an International Investigator with the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100–1800 (2011–2017).

Forthcoming publications

Owens, Samantha. '"Er kan zum Muster dienen": Kapellmeister J. S. Kusser and the Performance Materials for the Opera Adonis,' in Transformationen und Metamorphosen, Veröffentlichungen der Internationalen Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe 11, ed. Thomas Seedorf (with Christian Schaper) (Laaber Verlag, forthcoming August 2017)

Owens, Samantha. 'Hautboist; Hautboistenbande,' 'Glösch, Peter (c.1685–c.1754)' and 'Richter, Johann Christian (1689–1754),' in Lexikon der Holzblasinstrumente, ed. Achim Hofer, Ursula Kramer and Udo Sirker (Laaber: Laaber-Verlag, forthcoming 2017)

Owens, Samantha. 'Duplex Genius: The French and Italian Musical Styles in the Instrumental Works of Johann Christoph Pez (1664–1716),' in Transitions in Mid-Baroque Music: Style, Genre and Performance, ed. Carrie Churnside (Boydell Press, forthcoming 2018)

Owens, Samantha. The Well-Travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser & Cultures of Musical Exchange in Baroque Europe, monograph (Boydell Press, forthcoming October 2017)

Owens, Samantha. J. S. Kusser (Cousser), Serenatas for Dublin (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, forthcoming)


  • Fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bachelor of Music (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bachelor of Music, Victoria University of Wellington


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