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Michael Anderson   Michael 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 at the 2011 AMS meeting in San Francisco.  The title, “Reforming Handel: The Failed Heroics of Imeneo (1740) and Deidamia (1741)”, reflects research contained in his recently completed dissertation at Columbia University.

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.

Roger Freitas   Roger Freitas presented his paper, “The Art of Artlessness, or, Adelina Patti Teaches Us How to Be Natural,” at the 2012 Congress of the International Musicological Society in Rome. An article version is forthcoming in the festschrift for Ellen Rosand (Eastman Studies in Music, Univ. of Rochester Press). His article from 2002, “Towards a Verdian Ideal of Singing: Emancipation from Modern Orthodoxy,” was reprinted in the collection Classical and Romantic Music, ed. David Milsom, Ashgate Library of Essays on Music Performance Practice (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011).

Lisa Jakelski  

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. She gave a paper on the Warsaw Autumn Festival at the 2012 IMS Congress in Rome. In November 2012 she will be presenting at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans. Her title will be “Pushing Boundaries: Musical Exchange at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.”

Ellen Koskoff   Ellen Koskoff has recently been appointed editor of the journal Ethnomusicology and is awaiting the publication of her collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology.
Kim Kowalke   Kim Kowalke Professor of Musicology and the Richard L. Turner Professor in the Humanities in the College, is presenting a paper on The Miller’s Son at AMS in New Orleans. Two weeks later he’ll be the scholar-in-residence at Cincinnati College-Conservatory in conjunction with a year-long Weill Festival and the opening of Street Scene there. After conducting the Broadway opera for Eastman Opera in 1992, Kowalke has written extensively about the piece, and his 65-minute concert sequence, Street Scenes, has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony at the Proms, and the Berlin Radio Symphony. Last summer he gave one of the “ShowTalk” lectures at Glimmerglass and wrote the essay on Lost in the Stars for the program book.

Jennifer Kyker   Jennifer Kyker has recently published an short article in the American Journal of Public Health, exploring musical approaches to HIV prevention in Zimbabwe. As part of the University of Rochester’s Humanities Project initiative “Looking at AIDS 30 Years On,” she also recently organized a concert featuring Zimbabwean musicians Musekiwa Chingodza and Zivanai Masango, with participation from students enrolled in her spring 2011 course, “Music, Ethnography, and HIV/AIDS.”

Ralph Locke   Ralph Locke recently published a book chapter on the German Romantic composer Ferdinand Hiller. In the newly released Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia he contributed the entries regarding Aida.  His book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  This book is a “prequel” to his 2009 study Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (now available in paperback from Cambridge).  He continues to edit the series Eastman Studies in Music (University of Rochester Press).

Patrick Macey   At the Casa Italiana of New York University in March 2013, Patrick Macey gave a talk on newly reconstructed music for carnival songs by Lorenzo de’ Medici, with performances of the songs by three undergraduate singers from the Eastman Voice Department.  The talk is available on YouTube, starting at the timing 10:30.

In April 2013 he presented a paper on musical canon in motets by Mouton at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in San Diego.  Later that same month he was an invited participant at Stanford University at a symposium: Performing and Analyzing Josquin in the Digital Age.

Honey Meconi   Honey Meconi's recent publications include "Plus oultre, Pierre de la Rue, and the Emperor's Music" in Journal of the Alamire Foundation and "The Unknown Hildegard: Editing, Performance, and Reception (An Ordo Virtutum in Five Acts)" in Music in Print and Beyond: Hildegard von Bingen to The Beatles. In September she will speak at the 2014 European Musical Analysis Conference in Leuven, Belgium. She was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society as well as the Advisory Board of the series Alamire Manuscripts in Facsimile.

Holly Watkins  

Holly Watkins has published an article titled “The Music Friend” in Opera Quarterly 31, nos. 1-2 (2015).  The article was originally presented on the panel “Psychoanalysis and Music: A (Sexual) Relationship?” at the AMS Annual Meeting in Milwaukee (2014).  In 2014-15, Watkins held an ACLS Fellowship, during which she drafted portions of a book manuscript entitled Musical Vitalities.