Musicology at Eastman

Upcoming Events

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


6 April 2017
Jane Bernstein, Tufts University
 “Spectacular Matters and Print Culture: Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di anima, et di corpo.”

13 April 2017
James Davies, University of California Berkeley
“I am an Essentialist: Against The Voice Itself”

20 April 2017
Peter Schmelz, Arizona State University
“’There is ice above and below’: Message and Meaning in Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso no. 1”


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New Publications

1 NJE 30 CC image Patrick Macey, editor, Secular Works for Six Voices, by Josquin des Prez, New Josquin Edition, vol. 30 (Utrecht: Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschidenis, 2015)
Locke Book 2015 Ralph Locke (professor emeritus), Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Choir Library - Lubeck Kerala Snyder (professor emerita), The Choir Library of St. Mary’s in Lübeck, 1546-1674 A Database Catalogue (University of Gothenburg, 2015).
Koskoff Book Ellen KoskoffA Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender (University of Illinois Press, 2014).
thym_booksmall Jürgen Thym, Professor Emeritus., ed., Mendelssohn, the Organ, and Music of the Past (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, 2014).
Anderson Book 2014 Michael Anderson, St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
watkins_booksmall Holly Watkins, Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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Congratulations are in order for two of our wonderful graduate students.

Gabrielle Cornish was recently awarded the Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Cornish will be spending ten months in Russia doing research for her dissertation on music and technology in the Soviet Union.

Also, Austin Richey was selected as co-winner of the Society for American Music's Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship. Richey will be using the Block Fellowship in order to continue his work with the diasporic Zimbabwean community in Detroit over the summer months.

Congratulations, Gabrielle and Austin!

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This past weekend, our own Professor Roger Freitas was in Pistoia, Italy to participate in a celebration surrounding the Italian translation of his book. Highlights included a "tavola rotonda" (round table) discussion of the book and the Melani brothers, as well as the first post-17th century production of Jacopo Melani’s "Il Girello," the most frequently performed opera of the later 17C. As was often done in that period, the performance was “acted” by a skilled marionette troupe, which made the whole thing even more interesting! Below are some pictures and publicity materials from the event, which sounds like an absolutely splendid time. Congratulations, Prof. Freitas! ...

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Faculty News

Michael Anderson Michael Anderson was named  the 2016 winner of the Louis A. Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America for his work with the Chicago-based early music ensemble Schola Antiqua. Read more…
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.
Melina 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.
Maria 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 published her book of collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender, (University of Illinois Press), as well as an article, “Ethnomusicology,” for the Oxford Handbook on Western Music Philosophy. She was also invited to be on the International Advisory Board of the British Royal Musical Research Chronicle. Last summer, she joined an international committee to evaluate university music programs in Israel and taught an intensive course on musical ethnography to Swedish and Finnish students.
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 a 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.”
Honey Meconi 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).
Mueller headshot Darren Mueller joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Musicology. He received his PhD from Duke University in 2015 after completing an MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers, The State University in Newark and a BM in saxophone performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His current book project examines the jazz industry’s adoption of the long-playing record (LP) in the 1950s. With additional research interests in sound and digital media, he is a co-editor of Provoke! Digital Sound Studies {], a collection of online projects that experiment and critically engage with sonic media.
250_Watkins_Holly-234x181 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.

Student News

Stephen Armstrong completed his master’s degrees in musicology and piano performance at Michigan State University, where he submitted a thesis on the historiography of Franz Liszt’s piano music. He has presented papers at AMS chapter meetings as well as the AMS-SMT national meeting in Vancouver (2016); a conference on “The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik” at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; the North American Conference on Video Game Music (2016, 2015); the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (2015); and the “Music, Narrative, and the Moving Image” conference held by the International Association for Word and Music Studies in NYC. He was also an invited speaker at a symposium on “Bodies of Art: Music, Literature, and Disability” at Misericordia University. He has published articles in the Journal of the American Liszt Society (2015) and Women & Music (forthcoming 2017). An avid pianist and rock keyboardist, he has performed throughout his native Michigan and in Italy. His research interests include virtuosity, mysticism, and music and literature studies. He holds a Sproull Fellowship.

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 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 ( 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).

Gabrielle Cornish completed a B.A. with majors in Music and Russian Studies at the University of Rochester. Following her undergraduate degree, she spent a year living in Russia as a Fulbright recipient. She has presented papers at national and international conferences including the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, the Symposium on Prokofiev and the Russian Tradition, and the Nineteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music. Her research interests include music and politics in the Soviet Union, Russian cinema and sound, and protest music in post-Soviet society.

John Green is the 2016-17 Raymond Ball Fellow supporting his dissertation about John Cage on film and television.  In addition to researching modern American music, Green also performs traditional Zimbabwean music.

Thom Jencks has completed a BA in Philosophy and Music from Augustana College, as well as an MMus at Royal Holloway University of London where he submitted with distinction a thesis with J. P. E. Harper-Scott titled “Where Are We?” examining topics of environment and identity in Charles Ives’s Piano Trio. He has also presented on topics such as musical modernism and John Luther Adams at conferences in Nottingham and Vancouver. His research interests centre around the topics of aesthetics and ecologies of post-war music.

Lauron Kehrer is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, where she is completing her dissertation, entitled “Beyond Beyoncé: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Hip-Hop (c. 2004-2014).” Before starting her PhD, Lauron completed her MA in Ethnomusicology at Eastman along with a Graduate Certificate from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. She is the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship from the Society for American Music and the Glenn Watkins Travelling Fellowship from Eastman, both of which supported her fieldwork on queer performances in sissy bounce music in New Orleans. Her article, “Goldenrod Distribution and the Queer Failure of Women’s Music” appears in American Music Vol. 34, No. 2 (2016). She has presented her work on race, gender, and sexuality in American popular music at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as Feminist Theory and Music conferences. Lauron’s graduate studies at Eastman have been supported by a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester and an Elsa T. Johnson Fellowship in Musicology.

Eric Lubarsky is currently revising his dissertation while working full time as a Senior Editor at Carnegie Hall in NYC. He also will act as a contributing editor to A-R Editions, Inc. Online Music Anthology, as the project expands to include a music history textbook. In 2016, he presented papers at conferences for the North American British Music Studies Association, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the last of which will be published in the conference proceedings.

Mary McArthur completed her B.M., magna cum laude, with majors in Piano Performance and in Philosophy at Furman University. Her research interests include exploring intersections between philosophy and music, particularly German instrumental music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Mary is pursuing concurrently a Ph.D. in Musicology and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology. In 2016, Mary received the Ethnomusicology Fieldwork Grant to travel to Bali (where she spent six months in 2013) and continue her study of Balinese gamelan music as it relates to ritual practices. Mary received the Anne Clark Fehn Fellowship in 2016.

Trevor Nelson comes to Eastman with an M.A. in Musicology and Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies from Michigan State University, and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Appalachian State University. At MSU, he penned his thesis, The Dissident Dame: Alternative Feminist Methodologies and the Music of Ethel Smyth, which explored and proposed unconventional ways of understanding music associated with women’s suffrage movements. In addition to feminist political campaigns, he is interested in queer studies, as well as bodies in colonial spaces. Trevor is an active and passionate teacher, having won pedagogy awards at both Appalachian and MSU. His doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship.

Dani Osterman completed a B.S. in Math and a B.A. in Music at The Ohio State University.  Her interests include Russian liturgical music from antiquity to the late 18th c. and looking at American musical theatre as a tastemaking agent with a specific interest towards the medium’s interaction with the historical eras and events depicted.

Megan Steigerwald completed her MM at James Madison University in Vocal Performance (2011), and received her BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in English Literature (Honors) and Vocal Performance (2009). She is currently completing a dissertation examining the dual roles of place and technology in twenty-first century opera production, specifically in alternative-space productions in the United States and Canada. Her archival and ethnographic work for this project has been supported by Eastman’s Glenn T. Watkins Traveling Fellowship. Recent honors include Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize (2015-2016), and the Ann Clark Fehn Fellowship (2016-2017, Dual Recipient).

Jane Sylvester completed her B.M. in Saxophone Performance and a B.M. in Music Education with High Honors at Michigan State University. At Eastman, her current musicological interests include the connections and intersections between music, gender, and nature in German Lieder and opera from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Inspired by her sixteen years as a saxophonist, Jane is also fascinated by issues concerning the performative body. Most recently, she has presented papers at the Greater New York Chapter of the AMS, the Michigan Music Research Conference, and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Jane was the recipient of the Anne Clark Fehn Fellowship in 2015.