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Musicology News

Fall 2017

  • Alumni Karen Uslin (Ph.D. 2015), Christopher Bowen (M.M. 2011), and Rachel McNellis (B.M. 2011, M.A. 2014) give presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held November 9-12 in Rochester, New York.
     
  • Alumnus Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) gives a presentation at the 10th Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, held September 11-14 at the University of Surrey. The title of his paper is "Liberal Politics and American Identity in Leonard Bernstein's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Songfest, and Slava! A Political Overture." 
     
     

Summer 2017

  • Alumnus Joseph Mann (Ph.D. 2017) is appointed Resident Director and Scholar in Residence at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
     
     

Spring 2017

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe," Journal of the Royal Musical Association 142 (2017): 31-67.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann passes his dissertation defense with distinction.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann presents a paper at the annual conference of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, held April 20-23 at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. The title of his paper is "'What build a World, may surely repair a State': Royalist Propaganda Music in the English Interregnum."
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Topher Booth presents a paper at the annual British Forum for Ethnomusicoloy and Royal Musical Association Research Students Conference, held January 5-7 at Canterbury Christ Church University. The title of his paper is "'Let them eat cake pops': Anachronism as Feminist Voice in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette."

     

Fall 2016

  • Dr. Sara Pecknold, Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson, and Dr. Lars Helgert give papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held in Vancouver, November 3-6.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann publishes the article "Re-evaluating Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism and the Case of James William Davison," Musical Times 157, no. 1936 (Autumn 2016).
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann publishes the article "'Both Schollers & Practicioners': The Pedagogy of Ethical Scholarship and Music in Thomas Morley's Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke," Musica disciplina 59 (2016).

     

Summer 2016

  • Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann presents a paper at the Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, held at Syracuse University on August 4-6. The title of his paper is "'Take Them All and Hang Them One by One': English Church-Music Pamphlets as Political Propaganda, 1640-1643." 
     
  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson presents a paper at the 34th international congress of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City on May 27-30. The title of her paper is "Mabel Dodge Luhan, Carlos Chávez, and 'Whirling around Mexico.'"

 

Spring 2016

  • Ph.D. alumna Sara Pecknold is appointed clinical assistant professor of musicology at CUA.
     
  • Ph.D. student Tom Rohde wins the Lowens Award for Student Research from the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society, awarded at the Spring Meeting of the chapter held at American University on April 9. The title of his winning paper is "Brazilian Nationalist Representation in the Text and Musical Setting of Heitor Villa-Lobos's Choros No. 10: 'Rasga o coração'."  M.A. student Anna Brashears is also a finalist for the award.
     
  • Alumna Karen Uslin (Ph.D. 2015) receives a contract from Indiana University Press for a book titled "Willing Ourselves to Live": The Terezin Writings of Viktor Ullmann.
     
  • Alumna and adjunct faculty member Sara Pecknold (M.M. 2009, Ph.D. 2015) gives an interview on Barbara Strozzi to BBC 3 for their "Composer of the Week" broadcast.  The interview airs in March.
     
     

Fall 2015

  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson and Ph.D. student Gregory Thomas Martin participate in the Joint Fall Meeting of the Capital and Southeast Chapters of the American Musicological Society at the University of Richmond on October 1617.  Dr. Taylor Gibson presents a paper titled "Mabel Dodge Luhan, Carlos Chávez, and Whrling around Mexico," and Gregory presents a poster session titled "The Record and the Creation of Hip-Hop Culture: How Technology Helped Create an African-American Musical Style."
     
  • Ph.D. student Caitlin Miller publishes the essay, "'Und das hat mit ihrem Singen, Die Lore-Ley gethan': Subjectivity and Objectification in Two Heine Settings," in Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied, ed. Aisling Kenny and Susan Wollenberg (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).

 

Summer 2015

  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson publishes the essay, "The Pan/American Modernisms of Carlos Chávez and Henry Cowell," in Carlos Chávez and His World, ed. Leonora Saavedra (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2015).
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver is promoted to Ordinary Professor.

 

Spring 2015

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article "A Recently Rediscovered Motet by Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III," Early Music 43 (2015): 281–89.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Sara Pecknold passes her dissertation defense with distinction.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Sara Pecknold and alumna Rachel McNellis (B.M. 2011, M.A. 2014) present papers at the conference Picturing Mary: Mother, Woman, Idea, co-hosted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and CUA and held in Washington, DC on March 2021.  The title of Sara's paper is "Tuos misericordes oculos: Transformative Beholding, the Madonna Nicopeia, and Barbara Strozzi's Salve Regina of 1655," and the title of Rachel's paper is "Promoting the Immaculate Conception in Fifteenth-Century Cambrai: Iconography, Devotion, and Theology in Carlier and Du Fay's Recollectio Festorum Beatae Mariae Virginis."
     
  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson presents a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Music in Sacramento, March 4–8.  The title of her paper is "Chávez, Modern Music, and the New York Scene."
     
  • Ph.D. student Tom Rohde gives a pre-concert lecture for a concert of choral music by the Cuban group Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine at the Church of the Epiphany in DC.
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver gives a presentation in the 2015 Music Scholars Lecture Series at the University of Maryland, College Park on February 20.  The title of the presentation is "The Materiality of Musical Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Negotiating the Emperor's Power in Andreas Rauch's Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)."
     
  • Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) publishes the book Leonard Bernstein and His Young People's Concerts (Rowman & Littlefield), with a forward by Marin Alsop.

     

Fall 2014

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver and alumna Angeline Smith Van Evera (M.M. 2003, Ph.D. 2012) present papers on the same session at the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Milwaukee on November 7.  The title of Dr. Weaver's paper is "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe," and the title of Dr. Van Evera's paper is "Schubert, Well Temperament, and the Conception of Key: Defending the Transpositions in Winterreise."
     
  • Alumnus Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) publishes the article "Lukas Foss’s American Works as Expressions of the Immigrant Experience," Journal of Musicological Research 33 (2014): 31551.
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the Fall Meeting of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society at the University of Virginia on October 18.  The title of his paper is "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe."
     
  • Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) serves on a panel of experts for a pre-concert discussion before the Washington Master Chorale's "A Choral Tribute to Leonard Bernstein" concert on October 5 at The National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC.
     
  • Alumnus Eric Crawford (Ph.D. 2011) is appointed Assistant Professor of Musicology at Coastal Carolina University.

 

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