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Clare Carrasco successfully defended her musicology dissertation (major professor, Margaret Notley) in April and will be a visiting assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis this coming year. Her dissertation examines German-language discourse about musical expressionism in the years after the First World War (c. 1918-1925) and situates the reception of select chamber works within that discourse. Most of her research to date, as presented in papers and pre-concert lectures, has concerned topics related to early twentieth-century chamber works and the music and legacy of Arnold Schoenberg.

PhD student in musicology Jessica Stearns will be presenting her paper "Opera, Architecture, and Place: The Regional Experience of the Santa Fe Opera Festival" at the "Locations and Dislocations: An Ecomusicological Conversation" conference to be held in Princeton, NJ., on April 8-10, 2016

Robert Anderson, doctoral student in musicology, was supported by a Toulouse Travel Grant to present a paper entitled, "The Listener as Genius: 'Musical Instinct' in Chabanon’s Observations sur la musique (1779)," on February 27 at the 2016 Columbia Music Scholarship Conference held at Columbia University in New York City.

Kimary Fick (recent PhD in Music History and mentee of Hendrik Schulze) presented a paper entitled “‘...They Decorate their Heads with Many Beautiful Things’: Herzogin Anna Amalia’s Aesthetics and the Ideal Musical Kennerin” at the Southwest Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held at Texas State University at San Marcos on October 10, 2015. At the same meeting, J. Cole Ritchie (recent PhD in Music History and Mentee of Margaret Notley) presented on “Recent Jazz Arrangements of Western Art Music as Foreignized Translations”.

Andrea Recek, Dr. Brand’s advisee, received both the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and a travel grant from the American Musicological Society.

Kimary Fick, an advisee of Dr. Schulze, successfully defended her dissertation in late September and will give a talk at the national AMS conference in November. 

Megan Varvir Coe, an advisee of Dr. Mondelli, presented her research at conferences in Atlanta, Boston, and Maynooth. She plans to defend her dissertation in the spring.

At the spring meeting of the AMS-Southwest Chapter, held at UNT on April 11, Robert Michael Anderson gave a talk, “Lateness and the Death of the Poetic Idea: Beethoven’s Funeral March in Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen,” as winner of the Hewitt-Öberdörffer Award.

Clare Carrasco, an advisee of Dr. Notley, won an AMS-50 Fellowship, a prestigious grant given by the American Musicological Society to three students each year. Separately, she had an abstract accepted by the AMS and will be presenting a paper at the national conference in November. On April 17 Clare, while residing in Germany with fellowship support from the DAAD, gave a talk, “‘The Dissimilar Pair of Most Modern Chamber Symphonies’: Reception of Schoenberg's and Schreker's Chamber Symphonies in Music Criticism after the First World War,” at a meeting of musicians currently supported by the DAAD in Berlin at the Academy of the Arts.   On April 22 Clare gave another talk, “‘Music Returns to Its Elemental Force: Music Critics and the Creation of a History for Expressionist Music, c. 1918-1923”  at the Colloquium “Current Work in Historical Musicology,” which took place at the Institute for Historical Musicology in Hamburg.

Megan Varvir Coe, who won the Hewitt-Öberdörffer Award several years ago, gave a talk at the AMS Southwest Chapter meeting, “‘L’Accompagnement étrange et charmant’: The Unique Role of Aleksandr Glazunov’s Introduction et la Danse de Salomée in Ida Rubinstein’s Productions of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé.”

Andrea Recek (musicology student of Benjamin Brand) was awarded an International Dissertation Research Fellowship for the Mellon Foundation, which will fund nine-twelve months of dissertation research in France.

Abigail Chaplin-Kyzer, master’s student in musicology, gave a paper titled "Constructing the Ivory Tower: The Composers' Collective on the State of Music in 1930s America" at the national meeting of the Society for American Music in Sacramento on March 5, 2015.

Musicology student Jessica Stearns won second place at the UNT Graduate Student Exhibition, for her paper titled "Soundscape and Landscape: The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Quakertown Park".

Emily Hagen (Ph.D. candidate in music history) has won a travel grant from the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music to attend the society’s annual conference in Iowa City in April 2015.

Kimary Fick (Ph.D. student of Hendrik Schulze) presented her paper “Anna Amalia's Aesthetics: Understanding the Experience of Music through the Ideal Musikkennerin” on invitation of the Musicology Department at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany, on January 7.

Megan Varvir Coe presented a paper on settings of Oscar Wilde's Salome in France at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society held November 6-9, 2014, in Milwaukee.

Robert Anderson won the Hewitt-Oberdoerffer Award, a graduate student paper award given by the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicology Society each year. He will deliver the paper, titled "Lateness and the Death of the Poetic Idea: Beethoven's Funeral March in Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen," at the spring chapter meeting, which will take place in Fort Worth.

Amber Broderick (Ph.D. musicology) has been hired by Collin College in Plano to teach Music Appreciation as an associate professor.

Clare Carrasco won a Short-Term Research Grant from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for her dissertation project, "All Art is Under the Spell of Music: Music and Expressionism in Critical Discourse, 1918-1925." The grant will allow her to conduct research in Hamburg and Berlin from February through July 2015 under the supervision of the musicologist Friedrich Geiger. 

Ph.D. student Andrea Recek wrote some prefatory material for Le Jeu d'Adam, a medieval play, translated into modern French. It is edited and translated by Christophe Chaguinian (UNT French Department) and published by Éditions Paradigme. Andrea did a brief study of the liturgical responsory texts found in the play ("Étude des répons").

Three musicology students were presented with Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Division Awards at the Division Honors Day Convocation on April 30, 2014: Sean Morrison was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Musicology Award; Cole Ritchie was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Musicology Award; Sara Vicinaiz was granted the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Musicology Award.

Ph.D. student Jessica Stearns' poster “The Anti-Gestalt in Christian Wolff's For 1, 2, or 3 People” won third place at the TWU Federation of North Texas Area Universities Graduate Student Research Symposium, held on April 25, 2014.

Doctoral student Kimary Fick (currently writing her dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Schulze) has won a six-month research grant from the DAAD to travel to Germany for work on her dissertation project on “Performing in Private: Rational Aesthetics and the Free Fantasias of C.P.E. Bach.”

Ph.D. students Kimary Fick and Cole Ritchie were awarded with Toulouse Dissertation Fellowships.

UNT students at AMS Southwest (UT Austin, April 5-6, 2014)

Ph.D. student Jessica Stearns presented a paper titled “The Anti-Gestalt in Christian Wolff's For 1, 2, or 3 People”.

Ph.D. student Megan Varvir Coe presented the paper "Musicality and 'Corporeal Writing': Reconciling Music, Language, and Dance in Symbolist Theater".


Ph.D. student Adam La Spata presented his paper, “Yahweh and Jah: Religious and Stylistic Convergence in the Music of Matisyahu”.





Other News

Ph.D. student Robert Anderson delivered his paper "'A quotation of singular significance': Beethoven's Funeral March in Strauss's Metamorphosen" at the 2014 McGill Music Graduate Symposium held on March 21-23, 2014.

His article, "Polemics or philosophy? Musical pathology in Eduard Hanslick’s Vom Musikalisch-Schönen," appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the British journal The Musical Times.

Master's Student Stephanie Kisling attended the seminar "Music and Travel, 1500-1700" held at the Newberry Library of Renaissance Studies in Chicago in March 2014. Additionally, she was awarded a $400 Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant from the committee.

Master's student Abigail Chaplin-Kyzer won second place at the UNT Graduate Exhibiton in March 2014 for her paper titled "Searching for Songs of the People: Communism and the Composers' Collective".

On March 27, 2014, Ph.D. student J. Cole Ritchie presented “Uri Caine's Mahler Project: Translation between Music Traditions” at the Performing Translation Symposium, an interdisciplinary conference held at Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna. 

Master’s student Katie Hoody (currently writing her thesis under the guidance of Dr. Hendrik Schulze), won a substantial cash prize in the show “Wheel of Fortune” on January 30.  Katie was encouraged to attend the show by a former neighbor of hers in Bemidji, Minnesota, 94-year-old Marion Dessert, who had realized that Katie was able to solve the show's puzzles.  See more information at the Minnesota CBS site.

UNT news: https://inthenews.unt.edu/unt-grad-student-won-wheel-fortune

On September 28, 2013, two of Margaret Notley’s doctoral advisees, Robert Andersonand Clare Carrasco, gave papers at the GAMuT Graduate Student Conference at UNT. The organizers chose eight of the forty abstracts they received from students across the country.

Faculty News

Margaret Notley's book about Brahms, first published in 2007, appeared in paperback on October 1, 2016. Over the summer she chaired the Lewis Lockwood Book Award Committee of the American Musicological Society, and she reviewed two chapters of A History of Western Music and the corresponding sections of the Norton Anthology for the publisher. One of her former advisees, J. Cole Ritchie, is giving a paper at the upcoming national meeting of the A.M.S.

Benjamin Brand co-edited a collection of essays (with Dr. David J. Rothenberg, Case Western Reserve University) entitled Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, Symbolism, which will be published this October 2016 by Cambridge University Press.

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden has organized two national panels that will take place in March 2016. On March 4, she will chair a panel entitled "Music, Spectacle, and War from Revolutionary to Interwar France," at the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Nashville, Tennessee. On March 31, she will chair a panel entitled "Eighteenth-Century Freemasonry and the Arts" at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Hendrik Schulze edited a volume entitled Musical Text as Ritual Object (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016).  The publication contains 16 individual contributions by authors form various fields in the humanities, discussing such diverse issues as Roman cantata manuscripts, Alevite rituals, Medieval Jewish sources, and ancient Egyptian inscriptions. The idea for the volume, and most of its contributions, come from a conference on the topic held in Heidelberg in 2009, and organized by Hendrik Schulze. 

Peter Mondelli has a chapter forthcoming in an edited collection on music and commodification in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and will be presenting a paper at the national meeting of the Modern Language Association. 

Margaret Notley will be away on a three-week research trip this fall supported by a grant from the American Philosophical Society.

Benjamin Brand is co-editing a collection of essays, Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, and Symbolism with another noted medievalist, David Rothenberg of Case Western Reserve University. They recently received a contract from Cambridge University Press, and the book will be published in time for the AMS national conference in 2016.

Dr. Hendrik Schulze presented a paper entitled “Music Publishing as Theoretical Discourse: The 1610 Mass and Vespers as Monteverdi’s Last Word in the Debate with Artusi” at the conference Intersecting Practices in the Production of Sacred Music, ca. 1400–1650, organized by the Butler School of Music, University of Texas, May 2-3. 

Dr. Robert D. Pearson gave a paper on the important British critic Donald Francis Tovey at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society held November 6-9, 2014, in Milwaukee.

Dr. Benjamin Brand received a SCA (Scholarly and Creative Award) to fund research on his second book project, Singing the New Testament: Biblical Exegesis and Sanctoral Liturgies in the Early Middle Ages

Dr. Robert D. Pearson's article, "Harmony of Hearts: Marital Love in Beethoven's Leonore of 1806," has just appeared in the most recent issue of 19th-Century Music.

In March 2015, Dr. Margaret Notley was awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society to complete final research for her second monograph.

On March 20, Dr. Bernardo Illari lectured on composer Juan Pedro Esnaola's politics as transmitted through his compositions at the Escuela Nacional de Música of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico City (UNAM).

On the same day, in Greenville, NC, Kathryn Mueller (soprano) sang the world premiere of two songs Dr. Illari composed on lyrics by Federico García Lorca, on the New Music Festival at East Carolina University.

Congratulations to Dr. Illari for winning the Otto Mayer-Serra Competition!

Dr. Hendrik Schulze presented a guest lecture at the Musikhochschule “Franz Liszt” in Weimar on December 19, 2013 entitled “Identität und Kosmologie: Barocke Tanzmusik als Ritual betrachtet” (Identity and Cosmology: Baroque Dance Music Interpreted as Ritual).

Dr. Bernardo Illari gave the opening paper, titled "Genealogies," at the International conference “Sones de ida y vuelta: Colonial Musics on Debate (1492-1898)” (International University of Andalusia, Baeza, España, 3 December).

He was further invited to give another paper at the 1 Jornadas de Música y Musicología de España y Latinoamérica, Complutense University of Madrid, on 11 December, 2013. The translated title of this paper is "Jurassic Park: Regarding Musical Nationalism and Other Intellectual Dinosaurs." 

In November, 2013, Dr. Hendrik Schulze was elected member-at-large on the board of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.