Upcoming Musicology Events

Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., New Sibley Library 404, unless otherwise indicated

10 September 2015

Rachel Mundy, University of Pittsburgh

"Collecting Silence: Race, Culture, and Species in Professional Song Collecting 1900-1945"

24 September 2015

Susan Boynton, Columbia University

"Music and the Cluniac Vision of History"

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 5:00 p.m., Howard Hanson Hall

Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri

"Praying for the nation: Mbira music at Chiweshe's Dzivaguru shrine"

Sponsored by the Humanities Corridor of Central New York

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

Mendelssohn and His World: Cultural Contexts for Elijah, panel discussion

Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 4:30 p.m., Ciminelli Lounge in the Eastman Student Living Center

Kignsley Day, on reconstructing Chopin Mazurkas

Co-sponsored with Piano and Music Theory

22 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

Mendelssohn and His World: Performance Contexts for Elijah, panel discussion

Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

29 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

A. Larry Todd, Duke University

Mendelssohn and His World: "Mendelssohn as a Prodigy"

Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

5 November 2015

AMS Preview

19 November 2015

AMS Roundup


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New Publications


Jürgen Thym,

Professor Emeritus., ed., Mendelssohn, the Organ, and Music of the Past

(Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, 2014).





Watkins book jacket   Holly Watkins, Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Ralph Locke, Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge University Press, paperback, 2011).

Ralph Locke discusses his book on NPR’s Rochester affiliate WXXI.
  Musical Exoticism



Portrait of Castrado   Roger Freitas, Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Roger Freitas discusses his book on NPR’s Rochester affiliate WXXI.

Faculty News

Michael Anderson   Michael Alan Anderson won the University of Rochester Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award and will undertake a recording and online archiving project in 2013-14 in connection with the reinstallation of the medieval gallery at the Memorial Art Gallery. His book on Renaissance music for St. Anne is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in March 2014.
Corbett Bazler   Corbett Bazler, newly appointed assistant professor in the Music Department at the College of the University of Rochester, presented a paper on Handel at the 2011 AMS meeting.

Esse   Melina Esse was awarded the AMS Alfred Einstein Award for 2014 for her article “Encountering the improvvisatrice in Italian Opera,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 66, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 709-70. This award honors "a musicological article of exceptional merit published by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.

Fava   Maria Cristina Fava joins the faculty as assistant professor of Musicology and Humanities (Italian) for the 2013-14 school year. She is currently working on two articles for publication, respectively on the role of the chorus in Rossini's Tancredi and on the Composers Collective of New York.

Michael Anderson   Roger Freitas presented a paper on Adelina Patti at the 2012 IMS Congress in Rome.

Michael Anderson   Lisa Jakelski organized the session on Cross-Border Encounters in the Global South: A New Look at Cold War Cultural Diplomacy for 2013 AMS. She will also chair Musicology in Russia and Hungary during the Cold War.

Michael Anderson   Ellen Koskoff has recently been appointed editor of the journal Ethnomusicology and is awaiting the publication of her collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology.

Michael Anderson   Kim Kowalke is presenting a paper on The Miller’s Son at AMS in New Orleans.

Michael Anderson   Jennifer Kyker has recently published a short article in the American Journal of Public Health.

Michael Anderson   Ralph Locke has recently published articles on the Romantic-era composer-conductor Ferdinand Hiller and on Verdi’s Aida.  His book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. 

Michael Anderson   Patrick Macey has presented papers in New York, San Diego and Stanford in spring 2013, on topics ranging from carnival songs of Lorenzo de’ Medici to motets by Mouton and Josquin.

Michael Anderson   Honey Meconi's recent publications include "Pierre de la Rue: Missa Alleluia" and "Antoine de Févin: Missa pro fidelibus defunctis," both in Meerstemmigheid in Beeld: Zeven Meesterwerken uit het Atelier von Petrus Alamire (Leuven: Davidsfonds).

Michael Anderson   Holly Watkins has published an article titled “The Music Friend” in Opera Quarterly 31, nos. 1-2 (2015).

Student News

Jacek Blaszkiewicz's review of a new critical edition of Edouard Lalo's Fiesque is forthcoming in the March issue of MLA Notes.

Rachel Brashier was awarded the T. Temple Tuttle Prize from the Niagara Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology for her Paper entitled “In Gamelan You Have to Become One ‘Feeling’: Sensory Embodiment and Transfer of Musical Knowledge.”

Regina Compton enters with a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Southern Methodist University and an M.M. in Music History from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Regina is the recipient of the Eastman GTA Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2011), the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship (2011), and the American Handel Society’s J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship (2013), which supported study in London at the British Library. Regina has presented at national and international conferences, most recently, the 2013 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Regina also serves as the general director of Chamber Music Campania (www.chambermusiccampania.org) a cross-disciplinary summer festival in southern Italy. Her dissertation examines the communicative potential of Handel’s recitativo semplice in his operas for the First Royal Academy of Music (1720-1728).

Jack Hanlon arrives at Eastman after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was recognized for his academic and performance achievements by the R. Dwight Drexler scholarship award. His current research interests include late German Romanticism and German modernism.

Aaron James completed an MM in organ performance at Eastman following a BMus at the University of Western Ontario, where he received the Faculty of Music Gold Medal; he is now pursuing a PhD in musicology concurrently with a DMA in organ. His primary research interests involve issues of genre, theology and devotional culture in the sixteenth-century motet. He has presented conference papers at McGill University and the University of Sheffield (UK), and will present his work at the 2014 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. His article on polyphonic settings of the Salve Regina is forthcoming in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.

Lauron Kehrer earned her MA in Ethnomusicology at Eastman, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women and Gender Studies (University of Rochester). Before moving to Rochester she completed her BM in Flute Performance at Michigan State University, with an undergraduate specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice. Her doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship and she is a past recipient of the Ann Clark Fehn award. Lauron has presented papers at national conferences including AMS, SAM, SEM, and Feminist Theory and Music. Her current research explores the intersections of queer identity, gender, and race in hip hop.

Sarah Fuchs Sampson spent three summer months doing archival research in Paris for her dissertation, "Opera and Technology in Third Republic France," which examines how the advent of technologies such as the telephone, théâtrophone, phonograph, and cinema affected the singing, teaching, listening, and viewing of opera in France between 1870 and 1914. Her archival work was supported by the 2013 Presser Music Award.

Tanya Sermer completed the BMus at McGill University. She completed the MA in Ethnomusicology in 2008 on the role of music and chant in Muslim practice in the U.S. Her dissertation topic is “The Battle for the Soul of Jerusalem: Musical Practice, Public Performance, and Competing Discourses of Israeli Nationalism.” Tanya has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2009, teaches at the University of Tel Aviv, and works as a researcher at the Jewish Music Research Center. She has presented papers at many conferences and workshops, including the International Musicological Society in Rome, and won the Charles Warren Fox Award in 2010. She received the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for ethnographic fieldwork in Jerusalem in 2010-11 and currently holds the Elsa T. Johnson Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-14. A chapter on the repertoire of American singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman, is due to be published in a compiled volume by Ashgate in early 2014.

Anne Marie Weaver traveled to Russia and Germany this summer, doing library research as a recipient of the Glenn Watkins Traveling Fellowship. She was gathering song scores for her dissertation, Russian Art Song, ca. 1830-1917: An International Exploration.

Recent Dissertations