Musicologist and conductor Sherwood Dudley joined the music faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1968 and has been there ever since except for a two-year period, 1977-79. when he directed UC's Education Abroad Program in Grenoble, Montpellier, and Marseille, France.

Throughout his career, Dudley has strongly advocated the integration of scholarly activity with musical performance in both his own work and the entire music curriculum at UCSC. His largest scholarly projects have involved reconstructing and editing two operas: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro as it was first produced in France (with dialogue from the original play replacing recitatives) and François Devienne's Les Visitandines. The three-act version of the latter work, enormously popular in late 18th-century France, had been lost for nearly two centuries when Dudley discovered a manuscript of it in Lille, France. He has produced and conducted both of these operas at UCSC.

Dudley is currently the editor of the scholarly articles for The Opera Journal, a quarterly publication of the National Opera Association. During the coming decade, he will edit performing versions of several little-known operas of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Dudley received his early musical training in his home town of Port Arthur, Texas. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas, where he was graduated with the B.M. degree in trumpet (with highest honors) in 1960 and the B.A. in French in 1961.

After a year's study of French literature in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship, Dudley began graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the M.A. degree in 1964 and the Ph.D. in 1968. His doctoral dissertation, completed under the guidance of Professor Daniel Heartz, addressed the history of orchestration for wind instruments in France during the French Revolution.

While at UC Berkeley, Dudley served as Assistant Director of the Cal Band for three years. In the early 1970s he was assistant to conductor Carlos Chávez at the Cabrillo Music Festival in Aptos, California. Throughout the 1970s he conducted the University Orchestra at UCSC, and in 1975 he founded the UCSC opera program. From 1975 to 1999, he conducted numerous operatic productions, frequently in collaboration with Miriam Ellis, stage director.

The Marriage of Figaro

Les Visitandines