Matthew DelCiampo is a musicologist, percussionist, dance accompanist, and composer. He earned a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Music Management from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He continued his education at Florida State University, where he earned a M.M. in Ethnomusicology and a Ph.D. in Musicology.
Dr. DelCiampo’s research examines the intersection of popular music, race, environmentalism, and the music industry. His recently published article (MUSICultures) explores how American indie musicians publicize their work through an association with remote locations, using phrases such as a “cabin in the woods,” in order to communicate exclusivity and creative prowess. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, including those organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Sounding Out the Space (Dublin, Ireland), among others.
In 2017, he scored and recorded music for a dance film, Querencia, which was shown at ten domestic and international film festivals, including the American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, the Lights Dance Festival in Toronto, and the Screendance Festival in Stockholm. For many years he has been a dance accompanist and has worked with internationally-recognized choreographers at institutions and festivals such as Florida State University, Wesleyan University, the Chicago Fringe Festival, and the American Dance Festival.
In his previous position as a Lecturer in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University, Dr. DelCiampo was named a 2019 Glasscock Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and his teaching received recognition in an article published by the Texas A&M University Foundation titled, “Best Lecture: 5 Classes We Want to Take.” As a component of his 2019 seminar course, Performing the City, he curated an off-campus experiential learning opportunity. Dr. DelCiampo and his students collaborated with the Brazos Valley African American Museum to design a community arts and research exhibit that highlighted local Black artists, musicians, performance traditions. He has taught additional courses on performance and world cultures, the history of rock, music and world cultures, music of the Americas, and dance and world cultures.