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Cimarusti, Thomas (PhD)

Program Coordinator/Professor
Bower School of Music & the Arts
Office: MUS 0116
Phone: 239-590-1512

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  • Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (Florida State University, 2007)
  • Early Music (Area; Music of the Moravian Church)
  • World Music (Area; Folk Music of Southern Italy)


  • 18th & 19th-century Italian vocal music, World Music, Public Musicology

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Research interests are in the music of the Enlightenment, Italian Romanticism, and the music of utopian communities

Courses Offered

  • Music Appreciation (MUL2010)
  • Music History (MUH3211/3212)


  • Italian for Musicians [Indiana University Press; release date – January 2020 
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Musical Experiences [Kendall-Hunt, release date – August 1, 2019]
  • Collection of Koreshan Hymns. Edited by Thomas M. Cimarusti. Florida Historical Society [accepted for publication]

Conference Presentations

  • “The Solar and Lunar Festivals of the Koreshan Unity.” American History Conference, New York, New York, 3-5 Jan 2020 [abstract proposal in progress]
  • “Using Primary Sources in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Teaching Music History Conference, Kansas City, MO, 7-8 June 2019 [abstract submitted]
  • “Dr. Cyrus Teed and the Creation of a Utopian Community.” International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe), Prato, Italy, 1-5 July 2019 [abstract proposal submitted]
  • “Ode to Cyrus”: The Reconstruction of Koreshan Hymnody’” Florida Historical Society Annual Conference, Cape Canaveral, FL, May 16-18, 2019 [abstract proposal accepted]
  • “The Musical Culture of the Koreshan Unity.” Florida Historical Society Annual ConferenceSarasota, FL, 17-19 May 2018.

Grants & Awards

  • Communities in Transition Grant ($7,000), Floria Gulf Coast University, Summer 2019
  • Venture Capital Fund Grant ($6,000), Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2019
  • Innovative Course Design Grant ($700), Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2019
  • Innovative Course Design Grant ($500), Florida Gulf Coast University, Fall 2018
  • Seidler Grant ($6,000), Florida Gulf Coast University, Summer 2018
  • Innovative Course Design Grant ($500), Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2017
  • Innovative Assignment Design Grant ($700), Florida Gulf Coast University, Fall 2017
  • Global Learning Initiative Grant ($1,000), Florida Gulf Coast University, Spring 2016

Scuba diving, salt water aquariums, sushi, and traveling.