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Dietrich Bartel

Emeritus Professor of Music

Dietrich  Bartel





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Dietrich received his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 1975, where he majored in Music History and Organ Performance. He completed his PhD at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, in 1982. His dissertation, appearing in 1985 as Handbuch der musikalischen Figurenlehre, has gone into its 6th edition. While in Freiburg, he also held the Kantor position at the Lutherkirche.

In 1985 he moved to Winnipeg with his wife, Jocelyn, and children, Rebecca and Gregory, to take up a teaching position at CMBC, a founding college of CMU. He is also active as a church musician in the city, presently being the music director and organist at All Saints' Anglican Church. In addition, he has served on the boards of The Winnipeg Singers, the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Winnipeg Bach Festival. He has also appeared in concerts on numerous occasions with these organizations, as well as with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Dietrich continues to pursue research in the area of German Baroque music theory. His book, Musica Poetica, has become a standard widely read work in the field. More recently he has been working on the German theorist and organist Andreas Werckmeister, including a translation and commentary of Werckmeister's last treatise, which was published as Andreas Werckmeister’s Musicalische Paradoxal-Discourse: A Well-Tempered Universe by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing) in 2017. He is presently doing research on Johann Mattheson in preparation for his next book: Following the Capellmeister – The Late Writings of Johann Mattheson. Of particular interest to him are these authors' understandings of the intersection of music and theology.

Areas of Teaching

Music History & Musicology, Organ, Church Music, Music & Spirituality, Fine Art History,


PhD, Albert Ludwigs Universit├Ąt, Freiburg, Germany, 1982; BMus, University of British Columbia, 1975

Work in Detail


Music History survey courses

Upper level music history courses

Organ Seminar (and individual organ instruction)

Readings in Musicology, Musicology Thesis supervision

History of Jazz

World Musics

Music and Spiritual Meaning

Litrugy and Artistic Expression

Fine Art History




Lectures & presentations


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