Graduate Alumni News as of Spring 2017

Andy Flory’s (Ph.D. 2006) book I Hear a Symphony: Motown and Crossover R&B is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press’s Tracking Pop Series. The book investigates how the music of Motown Records functioned as the center of the company’s creative and economic impact worldwide. For more information on Andy’s forthcoming book, please click here.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired a report about the New York Public Library’s recent acquisition of the Lou Reed Collection. The report included an interview with Jonathan Hiam (Ph.D. 2005), Curator at The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Record Sound of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Phil Vandermeer reports that Jonathan was the key player in acquiring the collection. Congratulations, Jonathan! Here’s a link to the report.

Travis Stimeling (Ph.D. 2007) won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his next book project on Nashville session musicians, arrangers, producers, and engineers who helped create the iconic country and pop sounds of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The title of Travis’s project is Country Music and Record Production in Nashville, 1955-1973. For the list of this year’s NEH winners, please visit this link.

Graduate Alumni News as of Fall 2016

Laurel Zeiss (PhD 1999) has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Kevin Bartig (PhD 2008) was promoted to Associate Professor at Michigan State University and was also recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Jonathan Hiam (PhD 2005) was featured in The New Yorker (February 10, 2016) in an article on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Kimberly Francis (PhD 2010) received an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for her monograph, Teaching Stravinsky: Nadia Boulanger and the Consecration of a Modernist Icon (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). This book is based on her dissertation.

Douglass Shadle (PhD 2010) was recognized with an ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson and The Irving Lowens Article Awards for his article “How Santa Claus Became a Slave Driver: The Work of Print Culture in a Nineteenth-Century Musical Controversy,” published by The Journal of the Society for American Music, Volume 8 / Issue 04 / November 2014. Shadle is currently Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University.

Naomi Graber (PhD 2013) was appointed Assistant Professor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia.

Christopher Wells (PhD 2014) received the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award from the Society for American Music for his dissertation “‘Go Harlem’! Chick Webb and his Dancing Audience during the Great Depression.”

Kristen Turner (PhD 2015) received the John and Roberta Graziano Fellowship from the Society for American Music for her project Opera on the American Popular Stage (1890-1914).

Megan Eagen (PhD 2016) presented her paper, “‘A Literary . . . or Musical Gift’: Erasmus Rotenbucher’s Bergkreyen as a Primer for Protestant Lay Exegesis,” at the American Musicological Society’s annual meeting in Vancouver.

William Robin (PhD 2016) was appointed Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland’s School of Music.