- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1989
- M.A., Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1985
- B.S., Bachelor of Science, Old Dominion University, 1979
Massimo Ossi's research interests include early seventeenth-century Italian music theory and aesthetics, Italian lyric poetry, opera, and the Italian madrigal.
He has been published in the Journal of Musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Studi Musicali, the revised edition of The New Grove, and the new MGG.
Professor Ossi is general editor for Music at the Courts of Italy (Broude); past newsletter editor for the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music; and author of Divining the Oracle: Aspects of Monteverdi's Seconda Prattica (University of Chicago Press, 2003).
He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Villa I Tatti (Harvard University Center For Italian Renaissance Studies), and the American Musicological Society.