Hannah Grantham, who graduated as a music history major in 2016, has been working on a master's degree with specialization in the history of musical instruments at the University of South Dakota, which has an acclaimed museum devoted to musical instruments. She recently received word that she has been chosen for a Music and Performing Arts Graduate internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She writes, "I'll get to help catalog objects, do in-depth research, and assist in researching and writing a book the museum is compiling about untold stories in African American Music History."
Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden has two recent publications. Her article "A Lady-in-Waiting's Account of Marie Antoinette's Musical Politics: Women, Music, and the French Revolution," was published in Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. Her book chapter, "The revolution of Jommelli's objets d'art: Bernard Sarrette's requests for the Bibliothèque du Conservatoire," was published by Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment in Moving Scenes: The Circulation of Music and Theatre in Europe, 1700–1815, a collection edited by Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Philippe Bourdin, and Charlotta Wolff. In November, she gave a paper entitled "Music as Feminine Capital in Napoleonic France," at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, New York.
Musicology PhD student Andrea Recek has been awarded the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies.
Graduate students studying the humanities can apply for The Council of European Studies fellowships, which are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Those selected for the fellowships receive a $25,000 stipend and participate in a variety of activities organized by the CES, including presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists. The fellowship will allow her to complete her dissertation – Constructing Identity Through Liturgy: Music for the Saints in Medieval Aquitaine.
In March 2017, Bernardo Illari presented a guest faculty lecture entitled "Colonial Conundrums: Persistence and Change in South American Music." in Taipei (Taiwan) at the National Taiwan University. He participated in the IMS Tokyo, Study session, “Composers as Writers: Self-Construction, Theory and Practice in Three Latin American Composers from the 17th-20th Centuries." He read "Ideas de Sumaya: Una retórica deliberativa al servicio de la música" (Sumaya's Ideas: A Deliberative Rhetoric at the Service of Music),” in Spanish. He participated in the IMS Round Table, "Music as Mission: The Globalization of European Religious Music to 1800." He read "Music, Inclusion and Erasure: The Jesuit Missions of Paraguay." He presented a Free paper: “A National Symphony—with a Twist: Argentine Alberto Williams’ Witch of the Mountains (1910).”
Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden presented a paper at the meeting of the International Musicological Society in Tokyo, Japan, on March 22, 2017, and gave an invited paper at a conference on "Music and the Body Between Revolutions: 1789–1848," sponsored by the Columbia Society of Fellows and University of Paris—8, which was held at Columbia University on March 31 and April 1.
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.
PhD student in musicology, Jessica Stearns, will be presenting her paper "Analyzing Christian Wolff's Alternatively Notated Scores" in the Improvisation Interest Group session at the Society for Music Theory meeting to be held November 3-6 in Vancouver.
Emily Hagen, a PhD candidate in Music History, presented a paper on the interpretation of emotions in Venetian opera at the conference Opera: The Art of Emotion in Melbourne, Australia. This conference was held on Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016 and was cosponsored by the Musicological Society of Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions.