UMass Boston

Steven Cornelius

Performing Arts
Senior Lecturer


MM, Manhattan School of Music;
BM Ed, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Additional Information

Steven Cornelius' previous teaching positions include Boston University (Visiting Associate Professor), Bowling Green State University (Professor), Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz (adjunct faculty), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Instructor), and Phillips Academy (Visiting Scholar). From 1996 to 2006 he served as music and dance critic for The Blade, Toledo, Ohio’s daily newspaper. He has authored several books, including Music: A Social Experience (with Mary Natvig, 2012), Music of the Civil War Era (2004), and The Music of Santería: Traditional Rhythms of the Batá Drums (with John Amira, 1991). He also writes a blog about music and stroke recovery. Steven Cornelius has performed as percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Radio City Music Hall, Oklahoma Symphony and others.