Martha V. Fickett, Professor of Music, earned a Ph.D. (1983) in music from The Catholic University of America and an M.M. (1965) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fickett received a B.A. (1963) in music from the University of Mary Washington. She has done extensive research on Beethoven and has received several grants to study the musical sketches for his Fifth Symphony. She also completed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on Beethoven, held at Harvard University.
She is an expert on Gregorian chants and has received Faculty Development Grants from Mary Washington to study chants for the Feast of St. Martin of Tours. Her Historia Sancti Martini: Introduction and Edition was published by the Institute of Mediaeval Music, Ottowa, Canada in 2006. She has taught courses on the history of music, Beethoven, Mozart, 20th-century music and piano performance. Dr. Fickett is a member of the American Musicological Society.