Professor of Music
Susan Treacy, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Ave Maria University in 2005, after having taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Luther College, and Emory University, where she was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities. Dr. Treacy holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas; her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees are from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her main research interests are in Catholic liturgical music and in English devotional song of the sixteenth-eighteenth centuries. Her article, “A Chronicle of Attitudes towards Gregorian Chant in Orate Fratres/Worship, 1926-1962,” was published in Paul Collins, ed. Renewal and Resistance: Catholic Church Music from the 1850s to Vatican II (Oxford, 2010). Recent publications have included chapters, “Gregorian Chant,” in Alcuin Reid, ed., T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy (London, 2016), 239-57, and “Joseph Bonnet as a Catalyst in the Early Twentieth-Century Gregorian Chant Revival,” in Donelson and Schloesser, eds., Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire (Richmond, VA, 2014), 11-21. In addition to her scholarly writing, Dr. Treacy is a regular contributor to the Saint Austin Review (StAR) with her column Musica Donum Dei. She was on the editorial committee of The Adoremus Hymnal (1997) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA). For the last nine years, Dr. Treacy has been a co-organizer of the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference, which draws chant enthusiasts from all over Florida and beyond, and at which she gave most recently a workshop on conducting Gregorian chant. Her Gregorian chant textbook—A Plain and Easy Introduction to Gregorian Chant (Charles Town, WV, 2007)—has been lauded as “the best instant resource for Gregorian chant available in English” (Bruce Ludwick, Director of Music at Saint Paul Cathedral, Birmingham, AL). At Ave Maria University Dr. Treacy teaches music history, art song literature, sacred music courses, and Gregorian chant; in addition, she directs the Women’s Schola Gregoriana and the Men’s Schola Gregoriana.