University Profiles


Robert F. Waters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music

College of Communication and the Arts


Dr. Waters specializes in 19th and 20th century music, focusing on French music, as well as American opera.

I have been at Seton Hall University teaching music history classes since 2008. In addition to teaching music history courses, I give pre-concert lectures for the South Orange Performing Arts Society.

I was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Wake Forest University and have also taught at other institutions, including Shorter College in Georgia and Montgomery College in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. I also wrote for the Washington Post as a music writer for ten years and was previously Editorial Assistant for the Center for Studies in Nineteenth Century Music, where I proofread French into English translations of the music criticism of Hector Berlioz, a project undertaken in conjunction with the Paris Conservatoire.

My primary scholastic interest has been in late nineteenth and early twentieth century French music and my book entitled: Deodat de Severac: Musical Identity in fin de siecle France was published in October of 2008 by Ashgate Publishing. Other items in print include an essay entitled Emulation and Influence: Japonisme and Western Music in fin de siecle Paris for the British journal, The Music Review. Additional previous academic achievement includes presenting academic papers in England, Greece, Australia, and throughout the United States. I am also in the process of writing two books for Cambridge University Press in my secondary interest, twentieth century American opera. The first is entitled Twentieth Century American Opera and the other is part of a monograph series and will be marketed under the title of The Stage Works of Philip Glass.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
  • M.M., University of Maryland at College Park
  • B.M., B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Academic Distinctions

  • Who's Who in American Education. Biographical entry (2006, 2007)
  • Shorter College. National Creativity Award, recognition for excellence in creative teaching (2003)
  • Irving Lowens Award Competition finalist. American Musicological Society Capital Chapter, competition for excellence in research (2002, 1996)
  • Fellow, Music Critics Association of North America competition results in week-long apprenticeship with New York Times Classical Music Arts Editor James Oestrich (1999)

Office Phone
(973) 275-2750


Office Location
Room 107
The Arts Center


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