Stan Breckenridge is an academician, author, composer, vocalist and pianist, recording artist, and performer, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, USA. He currently teaches in the Department of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA. Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a United States Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 academic year, with an extension through the 2013–2014 academic year where he taught in the Department of American Studies at the 650-year-old Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland. (He was also selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the Fall of 2005.) While in Poland, Dr. Breckenridge gave over 100 concerts, performances, and lectures representing American society throughout Poland—from cities at the Baltic Sea in the north like Gdańsk to Zakopane and Krakow in the south; and from the west in Zielona Góra and Poznań to Biała Podlaska, Chełm, and Zamość in the east. Some guest appearances were for previous U.S. Ambassadors to Poland Stephen Mull and Lee Feinstein, Consul General Ellen Germain, and a number of T.V. appearances and interviews throughout the country. Dr. Breckenridge possesses a proven track record of educational excellence. Over the years, his teaching assignments have spanned the curriculum such as in music history and appreciation, technology, and performance. Lastly, Dr. Breckenridge currently gives workshops in vocal and instrumental jazz for aspiring musicians, as well as lectures on American music worldwide.
As a specialist in American music, Dr. Breckenridge has authored three books: Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents (2nd edition, 2015, Kendall Hunt Publishing); African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance (3rd edition, 2014, Kendall Hunt Publishing); and Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit (2nd edition, 2012, Kendall Hunt Publishing). He has also presented papers at a number of international conferences such as in Metz, France; Debrecen, Hungary; and at The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. The latter was sponsored by the joint efforts of the US Embassy in Poland and the Music Academy for the Em- bassy’s ongoing program titled “America Presents.”
Dr. Breckenridge has performed and continues to perform internationally as well as nationally in countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuaina, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. National performances have included a number of states, and at venues such as The Dorothy Chandler, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Embassy Hotel, The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, TV Channels 5, 11 and KOCE, Maverick’s Flats, Dooto’s, and many others.
Stan Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Bobby Blue Bland, Scott Baio, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Moms Mabley, Greg Morris, Martha Reeves, Sam Riddle, David Ruffin, Avery Lawrence Schreiber, Rowan and Martin, Bernard Shaw, Nancy Sinatra, Lea Thompson, John Travolta, John Wayne, and others.