Researcher biography

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)

Areas of research