Dr. Joseph C. Schiavo

Teaching Professor of Music
Director of Music Program
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Artistic Director, Mallery Concert Series
Ph.D. Rutgers University

(856) 225-6539
Fine Arts, Rm. 262



Dr. Schiavo has been a full-time faculty member since 1991. He is a music theorist and historian and teaches courses in music theory, counterpoint and 20th-century music history. His primary interests include musical form and 20th-century music. Dr. Schiavo is the recipient of the 2003 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2008 Alumni Association’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Schiavo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers-Camden, where he graduated Magna cum laude and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers Graduate School, New Brunswick.

Dr. Schiavo has served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (2013-2019) and Chair on a variety of committees on campus including Admissions and Retention, Student Affairs and Rules of Procedure. In addition, Dr. Schiavo has served as a University Senator and a member of the Student Affairs Committee in New Brunswick. Dr. Schiavo has served as Vice President (AY 2002-03, 09-10) and Secretary (AY 2006-07, 2003-04, 2-12) of the Camden Faculty Senate. He also served as Acting Director of the International Studies Program in fall 2003, spring 2007, fall 2010, and served as Chair of the Learning Abroad and Academic Advisory Committee (2016-19). In 2004, Dr. Schiavo became a board member of the Rutgers-Camden Alumni Association. The Alumni Program Committee on which he served in 2004 won the President’s Recognition Program Bridge Award. Dr. Schiavo is the Artistic Director of the Mallery Concert Series featuring regional, national, and international music performers.  The concerts, which are free and open to the public, are held in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building on Wednesdays at 11:20 in the fall and spring semesters. 

Dr. Schiavo has published numerous program essays for symphony orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the National Symphony, and Symphony in C.  In addition, Dr. Schiavo authored a textbook, Basic Essentials of Music Theory for the Non-Major, which is published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Dr. Schiavo is a member of the American Musicological Society, and the College Music Society.