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The Department of Music is very pleased to share with you our spring semester’s announcement of accomplishments by our students and alumni of the Graduate Program in Musicology. It’s exciting to see all of the excellent contributions our students are making to the profession and to their respective fields of research.


Jamie Blake presented two conference papers, “Transnationalism in Print: Russian Music and Musicians in Musical America, 1917-1939” at the International Baltic Musicological Conference in Vilnius, LI in October 2018, and “Identity through Performance: Serge Koussevitzky and the Role of Musical Émigré” at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies in Boston, MA in December 2018.

Mike Levine presented his paper “The USB Mixtape: Music and Mediation in Cuba’s Offline Internet” at the Music and the Internet conference hosted by Oxford University, UK, December 8, 2018.

Jennifer Walker presented her paper “‘Jesus Looks to France: Théodore Dubois’s Le Baptême de Clovis and French Republican Catholicism” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, TX in November 2018.


Jamie Blake was awarded an Ora Frishberg Saloman Research Grant from the American Musicological Society and a Short-Term Research Fellowship from the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The Ora Frishberg Saloman Grant supported research examining press materials, correspondence, and institutional records at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives and at Harvard University. The Kennan Institute supported research at the Library of Congress examining correspondence, scrapbooks, professional notes, and ephemera in the collections of violinist Jascha Heifetz, dancer Alexandra Danilova, and choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.

Meg Orita was awarded an Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship from The Graduate School. This fellowship supports Meg’s Spring 2019 off-campus research at The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. She is utilizing the library’s extensive collection of women’s and teen magazines to document the convergence of US music, politics, and girlhood at the turn of the millennium.

Sarah Tomlinson was awarded a Music and Research Development Fellowship from the Global Scholars Academy (GSA) to fund her continued community-engaged research and dissertation writing through this Summer 2019. Professor Chérie Ndaliko worked closely with Sarah and the GSA leadership to design this fellowship, which is part of an ongoing sustainability and community partnership plan.

Jennifer Walker is the new Editorial Assistant of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. She is also a new member of the Editorial Board of the Music Criticism Network and has been named an Honorary Member of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca, Italy).


Megan Eagen-Jones (Ph.D. 2016) accepted a three-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ryan Ebright (Ph.D. 2014) accepted a tenure track position at Bowling Green State University.

Laurie McManus (Ph.D. 2011) has received a contract from Oxford University Press to publish her forthcoming book, which is tentatively titled Brahms in the Priesthood of Art: Gender and Art Religion in the Nineteenth-Century German Musical Imagination.

Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), authored by Douglas Shadle (Ph.D. 2010), won the inaugural American Musicological Society H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award in November 2018. This award honors a work of scholarship of exceptional merit based upon eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century periodical literature related to music.

Congratulations to all!

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