Glenn Stanley studied history and musicology at Columbia University and completed his Ph.D with a dissertation on the German oratorio in the nineteenth century. He taught as a visiting professor at Columbia and McGill University and then received tenure at the University of Connecticut, where he retired as a fill professor emeritus in 2017. He joined the faculty of the Barenboim-Said Academy in fall 2019, where he teaches courses in music history.
Stanley specializes in the music of the classic and romantic periods in German-speaking Europe. He has published extensively in American, British, and German journals and books with special emphasis on Beethoven. He has also written extensively on Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Wagner. He contributed articles on historiography and German music criticism to the New Grove Dictionary and edited the Cambridge Companion to Beethoven. He edited volumes 3 and 7 of Beethoven Forum, the Cambridge Companion to Beethoven.
He has written program notes and lectured for Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He organized international conferences on Beethoven at UConn (1993) and at Carnegie Hall (1996). In 1997 he was Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Humboldt University in Berlin and in 2010-2011 he was a guest professor at the Free University, Berlin.
Current research projects focus on Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. He is editor of the forthcoming book, Beethoven in Context (Canbriege University Press, 2021).