Christopher Campo-Bowen

Ph.D. Candidate

Christopher Campo-Bowen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his B.A. in Music with a focus in conducting at Stanford University in 2009 and M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. in 2011. Chris remains an active viola player, singer, and conductor.

He was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to the Czech Republic during 2014–15 to do research for his dissertation. It investigates the history of Czech comic opera, particularly how conceptions of ruralness structured notions of subjectivity, ethnicity, and identity in Czech culture during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He held a Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society during 2016–2017 and is a recipient of a Council for European Studies Mellon Dissertation Completion Grant for 2017–2018. He has published articles in both Nineteenth-Century Music and Cambridge Opera Journal.

“‘What a Wonderful Kiki’: Dance Music and Queerness at Mixtape, a Washington DC Dance Party.” M.A. thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013.

Selected Presentations 

North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, Vanderbilt University. June 2017. “‘The Time of Miracles’: Cosmopolitan Dreams and the Czech National Theater at the 1892 Exhibition of Music and Theater in Vienna.”

19th Annual Czech Studies Workshop, UNC Chapel Hill. April 2017. “Exemplar and Gospel”: The Village Mode in Czech Opera and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.”

19th Biennial Conference on 19th-Century Music, Oxford, UK. July 2016. “The Peasant Prime Minister: The Village Mode in Antonin Dvořák’s Čert a Káča. 

Invited Lecture, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. October 2015. “Smetana’s Apotheosis: Critical Polemics in Early Twentieth-Century Prague and the National Theater’s 1000th Performance of The Bartered Bride.”

NYU Prague “Sounding Czech” Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. September 2015. “Sound, Memory, Nation: The 1000th Performance of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride at the National Theater in Prague.”

North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, Merrimack College. July 2015. “Czech Villages and French Salons: Bedřich Smetana’s The Two Widows, the Rural in Czech Opera, and the Question of Authorship.”

REEM Annual Conference Music and Empire, Durham University, UK. October 2014. “Bohemian Rhapsodist: Antonín Dvořák’s Píseň bohatýrská and the Politics of Biography.”



Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, American Musicological Society, 2016-2017

Chancellor’s Doctoral Candidacy Award, UNC Institute for Minority Excellence, February 2015

Fulbright US Students Grant, Institute for International Education, September 2014-June 2015

Jan LaRue Travel Award, American Musicological Society, May 2014

Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowship, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, March 2013

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Travel Grant, 2012, 2013

James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship in Music at the Library of Congress, Summer 2012

Eileen Southern Travel Grant, American Musicological Society, 2010

Instructor of Record:

  • History of Western Music (MUSC 141) – Online

Teaching Assistant:

  • Music Theory I (MUSC 131)
  • Musicianship Skills II (MUSC 133)
  • Western Music History III (MUSC 253)
  • Introduction to Rock (MUSC 143)
  • Introduction to World Music (MUSC 146)
  • Western Music History II (MUSC 252)
  • Music Theory II (MUSC 132)
  • Musicianship Skills I (MUSC 130)