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.
Megan Steigerwald enters with an M.M in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, and a B.A in Performance (Voice) and honors in English Literature, magna cum laude, from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. An active performer, Megan is interested in intersections of gender, vocality, and operatic performance.
Alexis VanZalen recently completed a B.A. in History and a B.M. in Organ Performance at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where she received awards in both disciplines and graduated summa cum laude for her honors thesis on the seventeenth-century organist Dieterich Buxtehude’s civic and musical self-fashioning. She has presented at Vanderbilt University’s German Studies Conference, and intends to continue studying baroque instrumental music.
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.
A number of PhD graduates will present papers and otherwise formally participate at the AMS national meeting in Pittsburgh (2013—TBA):
Marie Sumner Lott (Georgia State University) "Musical Style as Commercial Strategy in Nineteenth-Century String Chamber Music."
Martin Nedbal (University of Arkansas) "Between the Court and the Suburbs: Die Zauberflöte's Aesthetic Background and Early Viennese Reception in View of the Opera's 1801 Court-Theater Production."
Amy Lynn Wlodarski (Dickinson College) "Two Witnesses, One Kadish: Reflections on the Pisar-Berstein Revival (2009)"