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Musicology News

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.
     
  • 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.
     

Summer 2014

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article "Towards a Narratological Analysis of the Romantic Lied: Events, Voice, and Focalization in Nineteenth-Century German Poetry and Music," Music & Letters 95 (2014): 374–403.
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the Sixteenth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, held July 913 at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. The title of his paper is "Musical Diplomacy at the End of the Thirty Years' War: Negotiating the Emperor's Power in Andreas Rauch's Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)."
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Karen Uslin and alumnus Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) present papers at the conference "Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century," held at the University of Leeds (UK), July 6–8. The title of Karen's paper is "Supporting the Weight of Dignity: Aesthetics and Ethics of Murry Sidlin's The Defiant Requiem," and the title of Dr. Helgert's paper is "The 'Horst Wessel Lied' as Nazi Imagery and Displacement in Two Later Works by Lukas Foss."
     
  • Ph.D. student Topher Booth publishes the essay "Self-Imagery and Resilience: Hermeneutics of Jewish Sound in Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2," in The Jewish Experience in Classical Music: Shostakovich and Asia, ed. Alexander Tentser (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014).
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Kenneth Silwell publishes the essay "Adopting Rituals: The Jesuits and the Huron Noël, 'Jesous Ahatonnia,'" in Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America, ed. Anna Harwell Celenza and Anthony DelDonna, Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts 9 (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph's University Press, 2014).
     

Spring 2014

  • Alumnus Eric Crawford (Ph.D. 2008) releases the CD box set, Gullah: The Voice of an Island (Athenaeum Press), based on his dissertation research.
     
  • Alumnus Joey Wilson (M.A./M.S.L.S. 2013) is hired as a Cataloguing Contractor with Alexander Street Press.
     
  • Ph.D. student David Ottinger wins the Lowens Award for Student Research from the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society, given at the spring meeting of the chapter on April 26.  The title of his winning paper is "Music as Confrontation: Fin-de-siècle Vienna in the First Movement of Mahler's Third Symphony."  Ph.D. candidate Sara Pecknold is also a finalist for the award.
     
  • Ph.D. student Joseph Mann is elected student representative of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
     
  • Ph.D. candidate Karen Uslin presents a paper at the Spring Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Musicological Society on April 5.  The title of her paper is "Documenting the Dry Eyes of Babylon: Examining the Musical Life of Terezin through Original Manuscripts."
     
  • Alumna Deborah B. Crall (M.A. 2003, Ph.D. 2013) presents a paper at the Spring Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society, April 45.  The title of her paper is "Seeing beyond the Local: Do Opera Commissions by Regional Companies Have Universal Appeal?  A Case Study on Libby Larsen."
         
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, April 36. The title of his paper is "'Encomiums, Hymns, and Triumphs'—with a Catch: Imperial Politics and Musical Diplomacy in Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)."
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the Sixtieth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New York City, March 2629. The title of his paper is "Diplomacy and the Printing Press: Musical Diplomacy in Andreas Rauch's Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)."
     
  • Alumnus Matthew Morrison (M.A. 2008) is appointed a postdoctoral fellow at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, in affiliation with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
     
  • Ph.D. student Topher Booth presents a paper at the Spring Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 23. The title of his paper is "Textual Film Music and Character Development in Art Cinema."  At the same meeting, alumnus Christopher Bowen (M.M. 2011) presents the paper "'Savage Sumptuousness' in the City of Lights: The Paris Premiere of The Bartered Bride."

  • Ph.D. student Topher Booth presents a paper at the Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference at the University of Birmingham, January 6–8. The title of his paper is “Postmodern Sacred Music: Understanding Pärt's Credo as Sermon and Cultural Object.
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver participates in a roundtable discussion at the 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, January 25. The title of the session is “The Challenge of Studying Music and History Together.

 

Fall 2013

  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the essay Baciami, Claudio: Psychological Depth and Carnal Desire in the Marino Settings of Monteverdi’s Book Seven,” in Word, Image, and Song, Vol. 1: Essays on Early Modern Italy, ed. Rebecca Cypess, Beth L. Glixon, and Nathan Link (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2013), 167–89.
     
  • Alumnus (and current music history instructor) Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) presents a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Pittsburgh, November 7–10.  The title of his paper is "Lukas Foss's American Cantata: A 'Lover's Quarrel' with America."  Dr. Andrew H. Weaver chairs a session at the same meeting, and Dr. Grayson Wagstaff is a respondent in a session.
     
  • Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson publishes the essay "Manuel M. Ponce's canciones in New York: Mexican Musical Identity and the Mexico Vogue," in Music, Longing and Belonging: Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm, ed. Magdalena Waligórska (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), 135–56.
     
  • Ph.D. students Topher Booth and Joseph Mann present papers at the Fall Meeting of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society at Shenandoah University on October 5.  The title of Topher's paper is "Preexisting Music as Character Development in Art Cinema," and the title of Joseph's paper is "'Listen to Patience in a Dying Song': Moral and Musical Modeling in A Pilgrimes Solace."
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the edition Pietro Verdina, Two Concerted Motets, Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music 28 (September 2013); http://sscm-wlscm.org.
     
  • Dr. Andrew H. Weaver presents a paper at the conference, "Only the Passions Sing; the Understanding Can But Speak," given at Yale University on September 8 in honor of the retirement of Ellen Rosand.  The title of his paper is "'Encomiums, Hymns, and Triumphs'—with a Catch: Imperial Politics and Musical Diplomacy in Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)."

 

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."

 

 

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