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Musicology Department

Student Achievements

Student Achievements

Spring 2014

In March 2014 Molly Doran presented her paper "Soundscape and the Renegotiation of Identity: Religious Music in Calvin's Geneva and the Creation of a New City" at the 2014 Buffalo Graduate Student Symposium on Music.

Fall 2013

Molly Doran's master's thesis, "The Transformation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin into Tchaikovsky's Opera," was nominated in both 2012 and 2013 for the annual, campus-wide Distinguished Thesis Award at Bowling Green State University.

An article by Elizabeth Elmi on frottolist Onofrio Antenoreo in the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani is available in the online version of the DBI at http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/onofrio-antenoreo_%28Dizionario-Biografico%29/.     

A book review by Marysol Quevedo, "Musics of Latin America, Robin Moore, ed. & Walter Aaron Clark,contributing editor," was published in Resonancias, No. 32 (June 2013), 155-59.

Kerry O'Brien was awarded a Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Grant to support one month of research working with the Steve Reich collection at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland during August 2013.

Nik Taylor was awarded grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Bach Society to carry out research in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany for his dissertation "The Published Church Cantatas of Georg Philipp Telemann."

Alexis Witt has a position for the fall semester as a Visiting Instructor of Music History at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. 

Summer 2013

Kerry O'Brien received a Getty Research Library Grant to support two months of dissertation research at the J. Paul Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA during the summer of 2013.

Derek Stauff participated in the Archival Summer Seminar sponsored by the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. The seminar took participants to Germany for one week spent learning to read older German scripts and another week spent touring a variety of archives across Germany.

Spring 2013

In April, David Rugger presented the paper “J.S. Bach’s Use of the Transverse Flute in Part II of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248” at the Bach Colloquium 2013 in Cambridge, MA.

Lisa Cooper Vest presented her paper "‘A Survey about the Work of Igor Stravinsky’ (1957): Stravinsky Reception and Polish Cultural Confidence at the Beginning of the ‘Thaw’” at the conference "Sounds from behind the Iron Curtain: Polish Music after WWII" held April 6 at the University of Southern California.

Carolyn McClimon presented a paper "The 19th-Century Reception of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio" at the Bach Colloquium 2013 in Cambridge, MA in April.

On April 5-6, 2013, Laura Stokes presented a paper "Felix Mendelssohn's Deutsche Liturgie and the Medievalist Political Imagination" at the Imagining Sound in the Early Nineteenth Century conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

David Rugger presented the paper “Vaughan Williams, ‘Vaughan Williams,’ and the Historiography of Englishness” at the Spring 2013 meeting of the American Musicological Society in Iowa City, IA.

Karen Stafford presented a paper entitled "Unnoticed Music Notation in the Lilly Library" at the Society of American Archivists - Student Chapter Conference at Indiana University on 2 March, 2013.

Lisa Cooper Vest presented her paper "Power and Plagiarism: The Polish Composers' Union as Arbiter between Individual Authorship and Collective Style in the early 1960s" at the conference "Music and Power: Historical Problems and Perspectives in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia" held February 28-March 2 at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.

Elizabeth Newton presented her paper "Chaos Made Comprehensible: Music and Representation in 'Dark Symphony' by Melvin B. Tolson" at the "Music at the Margins" conference, hosted by the Harvard Graduate Music Forum on Feb. 23 in Cambridge, MA.

Marysol Quevedo presented the paper "Film Music in Revolutionary Cuba as Compositional Experimentation: Leo Brouwer, Roberto Valera and the Cuban Institute of Film Art and Industry (ICAIC)” at the First International Symposium on Latin American Music in Virginia Tech on February 23, 2013.

Kerry O'Brien received a research stipend from the Earle Brown Foundation to visit the Earle Brown archives in Rye, NY. In January 2013, O'Brien presented the paper, "Realizing and 'Programming' Four Systems" at Beyond Notation: An Earle Brown Symposium at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Fall 2012

On 24 November, 2012, Virginia Whealton presented a paper "Franz Liszt's F. Chopin: The Virtuoso Musician as Travel Writer" at the research seminar "Travel Writing: Knowledge: Literature," part of Travel Cultures:  An Interdisciplinary Seminar, Oxford University (UK). Her trip was partly funded by the Russian and Eastern European Studies Institute, Polish Studies, and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization.

In November 2012, Alexis Witt and Christine Wisch gave two pre-concert lectures on nationalism in Russian and Spanish music for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Words on Music” series.

Marysol Quevedo spent three months conducting archival dissertation research at the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection, with a research fellowship provided by the CHC, where she presented in the CHC Graduate Fellows Colloquium series on November 9, 2012, the paper "Art Music Criticism and Composers in post-1959 Cuba, an Examination of Aesthetic Values through the Cuban Press."

Travis Yeager presented a paper at the American Musicological Society annual conference in New Orleans entitled ““The Quaestiones in musica, Rudolph of St. Truiden, and the Medieval Classroom” on 3 November 2012.

On 3 November 2012, Jonathan Yaeger presented a paper in New Orleans at the American Musicological Society annual conference entitled “The Challenges and Opportunities of the Stasi Archives.”

In Fall 2012, Molly Doran's master's thesis "The Transformation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin into Tchaikovsky's Opera," was nominated for the campus-wide distinguished thesis award at Bowling Green State University.

On 29 October 2012, Amanda Sewell presented a paper entitled “The Sampling Network of Public Enemy’s ‘Bring the Noise’” in Los Angeles at Musical Networks: The 6th Annual Echo Conference.

Virginia Whealton’s review of “Liszt’s ‘Chopin’: A New Edition, ed. and trans. Meirion Huges,” was published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Liszt Society.

Jonathan Yaeger presented a paper entitled “Alfred Schnittke’s Third Symphony and the Illegitimacy of East Germany” at the German Studies Association in Milwaukee Wisconsin on 5 October 2012.

At the Fall meeting of American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter in Indianapolis, Lisa Vest presented her paper “A Survey about the Work of Igor Stravinsky’ (1957): Stravinsky Reception and Polish Cultural Confidence at the Beginning of the ‘Thaw’” on 30 September 2012.

Nik Taylor travelled to Rochester, New York for research for his dissertation at the Sibley Music Library.

In August 2012, Kristen Strandberg began her position as Visiting Instructor of Musicology at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN.

Summer 2012

Alison Mero presented a paper at the North American British Music Studies Association in Urbana, Illinois entitled “John Hullah and Charles Dickens’s ‘Decidedly English’ Opera: The Critical Response to The Village Coquettes,” on 28 July 2012.

In July 2012 Mary Ellen Ryan presented a paper on the composer Heinrich Isaac and his motets in the manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, 232 at the Medieval Renaissance Music Conference held in Nottingham.

Karen Stafford was awarded the music cataloging internship in the Discovery Services Department of the Smithsonian Library in June and July 2012.

Marysol Quevedo traveled to Havana, Cuba from May through July 2012, for research for her dissertation.

In May 2012 Dana Barron traveled to Italy for Archival research.  She worked in libraries at the Seminario Maggiore in Aosta and the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trent, doing research for her dissertation, “Continental Scribes and the Reception of Fifteenth-Century English mass Music.”

Virginia Whealton traveled to Ithaca, New York for pre-dissertation archival research to Cornell University in May 2012.

Spring 2012

Derek Stauff presented a paper titled "Polemical Broadsheets and Lutheran Music in Saxony during the Thirty Years’ War" in April at the annual meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. The conference was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In April 2012, Kerry O’Brien received the Presser Foundation's Presser Music Award. This generous award will allow Kerry to spend three months conducting research at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland.

Laura Dallman, Joanna Helms, and Devon Nelson all presented papers at the CUNY Graduate Students in Music conference in April 2012. Laura Dallman spoke on “Redefining Orchestral Performance Space: Younger Audiences and Ritual in the Concert Hall”; Joanna Helms’ paper was “Berio and the Open Work: Implications of Spatial Notation in Sequenza I”; and Devon Nelson’s was titled “One Music, Three Venues: Spaces for Viol Music in England, 1630-1660.”

In April 2012, Amanda Sewell presented a paper entitled “The Sample-Based Musical Styles of Public Enemy and the Beasty Boys” at the CCM Music Theory Musicology Society 4th biennial student conference Music and Meaning: Views from the 21st Century.

In March 2012, Sherri Bishop presented a paper entitled “Printers as Authors: A Modified Communications Circuit for the Venetian madrigal Book” at the Renaissance Society of America in Washington D.C.

Marysol Quevedo, Alexis Witt, and Viriginia Whealton, doctoral candidates in musicology, presented a panel “Music and Revolution” at The Paul Lucas Conference in History “Ruptures and Revolutions: Moments of Change and Unrest” at Indiana Unviersity March 24, 2012.

In January and March 2012, Virginia Whealton traveled to the Library of Congress for pre-archival dissertation research.

Bethany Goldberg, doctoral candidate in musicology. "Bernard Ullman and the Business of Orchestras in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York" has been published in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, edited by John Spitzer (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Fall 2011

Tong C. Blackburn, doctoral candidate in musicology, received the 2011-2012 Doctoral Fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange for her dissertation entitled "Transcultural Hybridity in the Operas of Chinese-American Composers Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, and Zhou Long.”

At the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Francisco, Kunio Hara presented a paper entitled “‘Recollections of Puccini’: Tamaki Miura’s Final Recording of Madama Buttefly” on 13 November 2011.

On 30 September 2011, Kristen Strandberg presented a paper entitled "The Touring Violinist as Mechanical Other" at the conference, "The European Sound in the Era of Liszt: The Musical Tour in the Nineteenth Century," organized by Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini in Briosco, Italy.

On 14 October 2011, Kerry O’Brien presented a paper entitled “Drifting and Phasing in Aspen 8” at the Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism in Leuven, Belgium.

Daniel Bishop presented a paper entitled “The Sounding Past in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven” on 15 October 2011 at the Fall meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society in Chicago.

Sherri Bishop presented a paper entitled “Arcadelt's Primo libro and the Use of Attributions in Sixteenth-Century Music Prints” at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference on 29 October 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Summer 2011

Sherri Bishop presented a paper entitled “The Title Page as Marketing Device in Venetian Madrigal Prints, 1538-1560” at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) on 15 July 2011 in Washington, D.C.

At the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music at the University of Richmond on 8 July 2011, Carolyn McClimon read a paper entitled "From Exercice to Toccata: Schumann’s Op. 7 and the Implications of Genre."

In June-July, Derek Stauff traveled to Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden to conduct pre-dissertation research on music and musicians in seventeenth-century Leipzig.

Spring 2011

Kerry O’Brien travelled to the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California for research within the Experiments in Arts and Technology collection for her dissertation.

On 18 March 2011, Kunio Hara presented a paper entitled “Butterfly after the War: Tamki Miura’s Final Recording of Madama Butterfly” at the Southeast Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society. Additionally, he read a paper, “Homecomings in Madama Butterfly: Miura Tamaki’s Recollection of Puccini,” at an international conference entitled “Nostos: War, The Odyssey, and Narratives of Return” at the University of South Carolina on 24-27 March 2011. 

In March of 2011, Elizabeth Elmi presented a paper entitled "Music in the Commedia dell'Arte and Monteverdi's Venetian Operas" at the annual Renaisance Society of America meeting in Montreal.

Alisa White presented a paper, "Blue Note's Image and the Blues," at the national conference of the Society for American Music, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 March 2011.  Three weeks later, on April 2, she presented "Modern Roots: The Hard Bop Core of Blue Note's Image" in Rochester, Minnesota, at the spring meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Americal Musicological Society.

Jonathan Yaeger presented a paper entitled “Das Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig zwischen musikalischen Erfolgen und Beeinflussung durch Staatssicherheit und SED” at the Leipzig Stasi Archiv on 19 May 2011.
The event was attended by the public and reported in the German newspapers _Leipziger Volkszeitung_ and _ Bild-Zeitung_.

Fall 2010

Matthew Nisbet was awarded a scholarly activity travel grant by Weston College (part of Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom) to do research in November 2010 at the Estense Library in Modena, Italy, examining the manuscript collection of music by Domenico Gabrielli.

Summer 2010

Daniel Bishop presented a paper entitled “Silent Film Music and the Aesthetics of Humor” at the annual conference “Music and Moving Image” at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Drama on 21 May 2010.

On 21 May 2010, Molly Ryan presented a paper entitled "Heinrich Isaac's Motets and the Manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, II.I.232" at the international conference Heinrich Isaac and His World, held at Indiana University.

At the inaugural conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists held at Pennsylvania State University on 20 May 2010, Bethany Goldberg presented a paper entitled “European Musicians Turned American Managers—Bridging Musical Cultures.”

Alison Mero travelled to England to complete research at the Theater Museum for her dissertation on the conventional structures and reception of English opera in the 1830s and 1840s.

Spring 2010

Katie Baber presented a paper entitled “Jazz Before and After the 'Good War': Jazz, Irony, and Nostalgia in Bernstein's New York Musicals” at the GAMMA-UT Conference, "Music and War," at the University of Texas, Austin on 27 March 2010. Earlier in that month, on 18 March 2010, she read another paper entitled “Jazz as a Rhetoric of Conflict in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 2” at the Society for American Music at Carleton University, Ottawa.

In January, Sherri Bishop presented a paper at the 2010 Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference on 22 January 2010 entitled “Changing Attitudes toward Advertising: The Evolution of the Printed Madrigal Book, 1538-1580.” Her paper appears in expanded version as part of the conference’s published proceedings online at http://www.newberry.org/renaissance/conf-inst/gradstudents10.html.

Kunio Hara presented at paper entitled "The Structure of Nostalgia in Puccini's Operas" at The Tenth International Conference of the Department of Musicology, "Between Nostalgia, Utopia, and Realities," at the University of Arts in Belgrade, on 15 April 2010.

On 10 April 2010, visiting scholar Christine Kyprianides presented a paper entitled “The Queen’s Comic Ballet and the Last Tragic Valois Wedding” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Venice, Italy.

Alison Mero read a paper entitled "Musical Diversity in Victorian English Opera" at the annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association at the University of Iowa on 23 April 2010.

Kerry O'Brien presented a paper at the Midwest Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society at the University of Kansas entitled "Early Steve Reich and Techno-Utopianism" on 18 April 2010.

American Music included an article by Brent Reidy entitled, “‘Our Memory of What Happened Was Not What Happened’: John Cage, Myth, and Metaphor” in the Summer 2010 issue.

In April 2010, Lisa Vest was awarded P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2010-2011 academic year from the Philanthropic Educational Organization for excellence in scholarship in her doctoral studies.

Jonathan Yaeger presented a paper entitled “Das Gewandhausorchester in den 70ern und 80ern” at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft of the Universität Leipzig on 22 June 2010.

Fall 2009

Mollie Ables read a paper entitled “Wild Side: Self-Styling and the Aesthetics of Metal in the Music Videos of Mötley Crüe” at a conference, “Heavy Metal and Gender,” held at the Hochschule für Musik Köln on 9 October 2009. While on her trip, she visited the Library of the Academy of Arts in Sciences in Gdansk, Poland to examine a 1589 print of Italian spiritual madrigals, of which she is preparing a critical edition.

At the Polish Studies Center Symposium entitled “The Rebirth of Polish Democracy: A Twenty-Year Retrospective” at Indiana University on 18 September 2009, Dan Bishop presented a paper entitled “Invisible Politics and Private Unifications in Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Blue.”

Sherri Bishop presented a paper at the Midwest meeting of the American Musicological Society on 17 October 2009 held at National-Louis University in Chicago entitled "Marketing and the Madrigal: Changing Approaches to the Title Page in Venetian Madrigal Prints, 1538-1560."

On 3 September 2009, Kerry O'Brien presented a paper entitled "Early Steve Reich and Techno-Utopianism" at the Second International Conference on Music and Minimalism at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Marysol Quevedo presented a paper, “En diálogo: Cuban Cultural Exchanges: Negotiating the Local within the International,” as part of a panel entitled “New Perspectives on Festival Music in Latin America: Cultural Policy and the Manipulation of Local, National, and Transnational Senses of Place and Belonging” at the annual meeting of The Society for Ethnomusicology in Mexico City on 20 November 2009.

Jonathan Yaeger was awarded a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the academic year 2009-10 to carry out research for his dissertation, "The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in East Germany, 1970–1990."  A three-month extension was granted.

Summer 2009

In July 2009, Sherri Bishop travelled to Isham Memorial Library at Harvard University to complete research on her dissertation on printed madrigal collections from the mid-sixteenth century.

Alison Mero read a paper entitled “The Musical World’s Promotion of Nineteenth-Century English Opera” at the Seventh Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain at The University of Bristol on 24 July 2009. She also travelled to England to complete research at the British Library toward her dissertation on the reception of English opera in the nineteenth century.

Spring 2009

Daniel Bishop served as the Graduate Student Moderator and Commentator on "Explorations in Film, Art, and Media" Session at the Undergraduate Symposium for Hutton Honors College on 4 April 2009.

On 19 March 2009, Sherri Bishop presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Los Angeles entitled "What's in a Name?: Composer Attribution in Venetian Madrigal Prints, 1538-1560."

Bethany Goldberg presented a paper entitled “Making Opera Profitable (sometimes): Maretzek’s 1856 Account Book at the Academy of Music” at the annual conference of the Society for American Music on 20 March 2009 in Denver, Colorado. She also contributed to the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music with articles regarding: Frederic Bergner, George H. Curtis, Theodore Eisfeld, Achille Errani, George Matzka, Joseph Noll, Michele Rapetti, Camillo Sivori, and Bernard Ullman.

Randy Goldberg read a paper at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America on 19 March 2009 held in Los Angeles entitled "Discordant Polemics: Tuning Systems in the Writings of Zarlino and Galilei.”

At the annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association at Indiana University East in 18 April 2009, Alison Mero read a paper entitled “Can a Watershed Moment Be Created?: The Musical World’s Promotion of Nineteenth-Century English Opera.”

Marysol Quevedo submitted a total of eleven biographies of Latin American composers/musicians for the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music in March 2009.

Amanda Sewell read a paper at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US in San Diego on 31 May 2009 entitled "'Hone Thy Geekishness': Toward a Theoretical Perspective of Nerdcore Hip-Hop."

At the Bach Colloquium 2009, Derek Stauff presented a paper entitled “The Thomaskirche East Gallery Organ and the St. Matthew Passion” at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2 May 2009.

Nik Taylor presented a paper entitled “A Meditation on Peter's Denial in J. S. Bach's Passions" at the annual meeting of the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship at Notre Dame University on 27 February 2009 and at the Bach Colloquium in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 3 May 2009.

Lisa Vest was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for research in Warsaw, Poland where she spent the 2009-2010 academic year working in the archives and finding sources for her dissertation on Polish composers in the 1950s and 1960s. Prior to her year in Poland, she read a paper entitled “Issues of Gender, Voice and Politics in K. Penderecki’s opera The Devils of Loudon (1968)” at the conference “Polish Music after 1945” held at Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom on 2 May 2009.

Alisa White received an Echoes of Ellington Conference Emerging Scholar Award for her paper entitled “Bullets and Boudoirs: Women as Danger in Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie” delivered at the Echoes of Ellington Conference on 17 April 2009 at University of Texas, Austin. Additionally, she read a paper at the annual conference of the Society for American Music in Denver, Colorado entitled “Hipness and Modernism in Blue Note’s Liner Notes, 1954-1967” on 19 March 2009.

Jonathan Yaeger presented a paper entitled “‘Back in the Day’:
Historicism in Recent Black American Music” at the annual meeting of the Society for American Music in Denver on 19 March 2009.

Fall 2008

Bethany Goldberg published a paper entitled “‘The MOST COLOSSAL AND ARTISTIC ENTERTAINMENT EVER’: Marketing Musard in 1850s New York” in the American Music Review 38, no. 1 (Fall 2008): 8-9, 14.

Kristen Strandberg presented a paper at the International Conference of the Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina (Fryderyk Chopin Institute) in December entitled “‘Une véritable consécration’: Revisiting the Question of Chopin’s Influence on Gottschalk” held in Warsaw, Poland on 4 December 2008. In November of the same year, she travelled to France for research on the Ballets Russes at the Bibliothèque Nationale and Centre National de la Danse.

Alisa White's review of the DVD "Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz" was published in the November 2008 issue of Jazz Perspectives.