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 work on his dissertation. His research focuses on how Czech operatic representations of idealized village life encoded responses to a wide range of sociocultural and political issues, including gender, class, nationalism, imperialism, language, music, and ethnicity. He currently holds a Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society for the 2016-17 academic year. His article “Bohemian Rhapsodist: Antonín Dvořák’s Píseň bohatýrská and the Historiography of Czech Music” was recently published with 19th-Century Music. A second article, “An Operatic Locarno: The Paris Premiere of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and Czechoslovak-French Cultural Diplomacy,” is forthcoming with Cambridge Opera Journal.

  • Email: cpbowen@email.unc.edu
  • Office: 221 Hill Hall

“‘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.

Conference Papers

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

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

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

“‘Savage Sumptuousness’ in the City of Lights: The Paris Premiere of The Bartered Bride,” AMS Southeast Chapter Conference; 15th Annual Czech Studies Workshop, February and April 2014

“Where’s the Kiki?: Music, Technology, and Queerness in the Scissor Sisters’ ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’,” Queer Studies Conference, 2013, UNC Asheville; IASPM-US, February 2013

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

  • 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)