holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Ph.D. in Musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. His dissertation is titled A Contextual Approach to Schoenberg’s Atonal Works: Self-Expression, Religion and Music Theory
. In addition to the music of Schoenberg, his specialties included twentieth century music and the history of opera. He is a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015).
Dr. Bauer was the conference coordinator of the1998 International Janacek Conference and Festival held at Washington University. He is an editor of Janacek and Czech Music Proceedings of the International Conference,
published by Pendragon Press. Dr. Bauer has written programs notes and given lectures for several series of concerts of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has been the program annotator for the Webster University Symphony Orchestra and for The Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. He is active in educational programs for the Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and gives lectures for the Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis.
He is a member of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory.