The Catholic University of America

 Musicology News, 2012-13

Summer 2013

  • Ph.D. candidate Sara Pecknold publishes the article "Giuseppe Verdi and the Atoning Cost of Forgiveness" with Gavin D'Costa, New Blackfriars 94 (2013): 603–18.

  • Alumnus Matthew D. Morrison (M.A. 2008, currently a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University) receives the Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society.

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver is elected to the Council of the American Musicological Society.


Spring 2013

  • Ph.D. student Joseph Mann is a finalist for the Lowens Award for Student Research from the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society.

  • Ph.D. student Tom Rodhe publishes eight entries about Brazilian music in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music, ed. George Torres (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2013).  The entries are "Antônio Carlos Jobim," "Caetano Veloso," "Chocalho," "Modinha," "Olodum," "Timbalada," "Timbau," and "Violão de Sete Cordas."

  • Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) receives a grant-in-aid from Mu Phi Epsilon, for a book project based on her dissertation on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts.

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the conference "Music and Diplomacy," held at Tufts University and Harvard University on March 1–2.  The title of his paper is “The Early Modern Music Print as Diplomatic Act: Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648).”

  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson publishes the article “The Reception of Carlos Chávez’s Horsepower: A Pan-American Communication Failure,” American Music 30 (2012).

  • Ph.D. student Topher Booth presents a paper at the symposium "The Jewish Influence on the Music of Shostakovich and Asia" at the University of Arizona on January 13.  The title of his paper, for which he receives a cash prize, is "Self-Imagery and Resilience: A Hermeneutic Analysis of Jewish Sound in Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2."


Fall 2012

  • Alumnus (and current music history instructor) Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) presents a paper at the annual conference of the New Zealand Musicological Society at the University of Auckland on December 2.  The title of his paper is "Lukas Foss's American Landscapes as an Expression of the Immigrant Experience."

  • Dr. Grayson Wagstaff publishes a study of music in Spain during the era of the Council of Trent, “El impacto del Concilio de Trento” in Maricarmen Gómez, ed., Historia de la música en españa e Hispanoamérica, vol. 2, De los Reyes Católicos a Felipe II (Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica de España, 2012), 398–464.

  • Alumnus Kevin O'Brien (D.M.A. sacred music 2011) wins the 2011 Julius Herford Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association for the outstanding doctoral terminal research project in choral music, for his treatise "Russell Woollen: Catalogue and Contextual Examination of the Sacred Music."