Born in Munich in 1950 Irmgard Scheitler read Catholic Theology, German Language and Literature and Byzantine Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, holding a scholarship of the Cusanuswerk. Her degrees are: Staatsexamen (1975 LMU Munich), doctorate (1979 LMU Munich), habilitation (1995 TU Dresden). After teaching at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, the Technical University of Dresden and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg she was appointed Professor for German Literature in Würzburg in 2002.

Her work and teaching covers the whole range of Modern German Literature from Luther’s times to the 21st century. She has published in Germanisch-Romanische Monatsschrift, Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der Literatur, Schütz-Jahrbuch, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft and others, and has presented research in international congresses, for instance Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik, Bach Network UK.


There is also a strong interest in practical music. Irmgard Scheitler has organized many concerts, especially with stage-music, contributed to CD-booklets and is president of a festival for Alte Musik in the baroque town of Eichstätt/Bavaria.

Courses currently teaching

Her principal interest is the relationship of music and literature and religious culture and poetry, with a stress on Early Modern Times (16th to 18th century). She has further specialized in the present time novel and in travel literature of the 19th century.


DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) research scholarship „Incidental Music“.

Member of the evaluation-committee “German Folksong Archives”.

Surveyer for Humboldt Foundation.


Co-editor of “Jahrbuch für Liturgik und Hymnologie”.