Esti Sheinberg

Associate Professor of Practice, Music History
Area of Focus: Music History

Esti Sheinberg is an Associate Professor of Practice in Music History at the Glenn Korff School of Music.
She received her teaching certificate from the Music Teachers College in Tel-Aviv (1980), her B.A. summa cum laude in Musicology and Music Education from the University of Tel-Aviv, Israel (1985), and her Ph.D. in Music from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1998).
Dr Sheinberg taught in various institutions of secondary and higher education, among them the University of Tel-Aviv, the University of Edinburgh and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She finds the art of teaching a constant source of fascination, and her greatest joy is to be challenged by interested and curious students.
Her publications include Irony, Satire, Parody and The Grotesque in the Music of Shostakovich: A Theory of Incongruities (Ashgate, 2000); "'Schweig und tanze': Elektra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss." in Min-ad No. 1, 2006; “Jewish Existential Irony as Ethos in the Music of Shostakovich.” in The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (Cambridge University Press, 2008); “‘The Infinite Grace of Jesus’: Massenet’s Marie Magdeleine and Tchaikovsky’s Blessed Tears.” Co-authored with Marina Ritzarev, Music and Letters, Vl. 91 No. 2, May 2010. She edited two books: Music Semiotics: A Network of Significations – in Honor and Memory of Raymond Monelle (Ashgate, 2012), and the translation from Russian of Anatoly Milka’s Bach’s Kunst der Fuge (Ashgate-Routledge, 2016). She is presently co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Music Signification, with Prof. William Dougherty from Drake University, Iowa).
Sheinberg is a member of the International Music Signification Project, the Semiotic Society of America, the American Musicological Society, the Israeli Musicological SOciety and the Society of Music Theory. She presented her research in various national and international conferences and gave public lectures in Israel, Scotland and the USA on a variety of musical subjects.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Esti Sheinberg welcomes Master students in Music History and her fields of research.


  • Semiotics of music
  • Music signification
  • Irony and ambiguity in music
  • Dmitrii Shostakovich
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Cultural units and topics in music


  • Co-editing (with William Dougherty) The Handbook of Music Signification commissioned for Routledge. Contract signed for submission in 2019.
  • Use of Parody in Dmitrii Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth from the Mtzensk District.
  • French Influences on the Music of Tchaikovsky, now analyzing potential points of connection between his Maid of Orleans and Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore
  • Early musico-cultural units: the Bergamasca, the Sarabande and the Passacaglia
  • The Semiotics of the Dance of Death as a cultural unit