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As we continue to transition from one academic year to the next, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduate students and alumni! This year saw two of our Ph.D. candidates matriculate and two more of our students completed their master’s degrees. Many of our students presented papers at conferences, all engaged in exciting and innovative research, and we’re excited to have a new incoming class of four wonderful scholars. For more information on the research our graduate students are undertaking and a full list of all of our current graduate students, click here.

Paper Presentations

Amanda Black. “Masked Sounds: Acousmatic Violence in the ‘Best City in the World.'” Presented at Groove the City, Urban Music Studies Group, Leuphana University, Luneberg, Germany. February 2020.

Amanda Black. “Forging a Musical Way in the Times of #NiUnaMenos.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN, November 10, 2019.

Jamie Blake. “Russian Doll: Anna Pavlova, Coppélia, and Ballet in the United States.” Presented at the Society for American Music (Minneapolis, MN) and at the Southern Conference for Slavic Studies (Mobile, AL).

Aldwyn Hogg, Jr. “Queer Nightspots and the Soundings of Utopia.” Presented at the 39th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology Conference (March 7-8, 2020. UNC-Chapel Hill);

Aldwyn Hogg, Jr. “‘Whitey on the Moon:’ Apollo 11 and African American Lunar Rhetorics and Poetics.” Presented at Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration, September 9-11, 2019, Durham, NC.

Emily Hynes. “Dreaming and Signified Landscapes: A Cultural Ecology of Prison Musicking in the American South.” To have been presented at the Society for American Music Annual Conference. (Cancelled due to COVID-19).

Emily Hynes. “Fetishizing the Subject: Ethical Boundaries of Loving Your Work.” Presented at the Royster Global Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, May 2019.

Mike Levine. “Fuck El Paquete!” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, IN, November 7-10, 2019.

Sarah Lindmark. “‘Hip Hop Causes Violence’: Arguments and Analyses Concerning Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’.” Presented at the American Musicological Society Meeting, Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 2019.

Eduardo Sato. “Musical aesthetics in dialogue: Mario Pedrosa, Camargo Guarnieri and the Pan Americanism.” To have been presented at the Brazilian Studies Association International Conference, in Austin, TX. (Postponed due to COVID-19.)

Sarah Tomlinson presents at the Spectrum Concert in February 2019.
(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Kelli Smith-Biwer. “Visualizing #WAFGate: Mapping Gendered Rhetoric in the Online Audiophile Community.” Presented at the South Central Graduate Music Conference, September 2019.

Sarah Tomlinson. “Valuing Musical Childhoods: Methods and Multiplicities.” Presented at the American Musicological Society Conference, Boston, MA, October 31, 2019. Revised version presented at the Social Science History Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 23, 2019.

Sarah Tomlinson. “From Symphonies to Schools: Education Concert Resources in U.S. Music Curricula.” Presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, Bloomington, IN, November 10, 2019.

Sarah Tomlinson. “Maintaining the ‘Standards-First’ Approach to Children’s Concert Music: Walter Damrosch’s 1928-42 Music Appreciation Hour and Beyond.” Presented at the American Musicological Society Conference, Boston, MA, October 31, 2019.

Sarah Tomlinson. “Dissonant Diversities in U.S. Classical Music Programming for Children.” Presented at the International Research Society for Children’s Literature Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, August 17, 2019.


Amanda Black. “‘Little Dancing Indians’: Tradition and Utopian Listening in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.” Journal for the Society of American Music (2019) Volume 13, Number 4, pp. 436-460.

A. Kori Hill. (2020 January 21). “New Sounds from a Familiar Face: Florence B. Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2.” Seattle Symphony: Beyond the Stage.

Mike Levine. (2019 January 14). ‘Everyone’s Going to the Rumba: Trap Latino and the Cuban Internet.’ Sounding Out!. (To be republished in 2021 for one of the first sound studies undergraduate textbooks, Power in Listening: The Sounding Out! Reader.)

Sarah Tomlinson. “Folk Songs at the North Carolina Symphony: Engaging Students with Primary Sources on Music and Gender,” Music Educator’s Journal 106, Issue 2 (December 2019): 18-21.

Fellowships and Awards

Sophia Maria Andricopulos | Travel Award from the American Musicological Society, Popular Music Study Group

Jamie Blake | UNC Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship

Eduardo Sato | Kenan Graduate Student Funds; Mellon Conference Travel Award from UNC’s Institute for the Study of the Americas

Aldwyn Hogg Jr. | The University of North Carolina Institute of African American Research’s (IAAR) Graduate Student Summer Research Grant (GSSRG)

Emily Hynes | Royster Society Fellowship

Mike Levine | Eileen Southern Award from the Society for American Music; UNC Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship; Humanities for the Public Good Fellowship at the National Humanities Center (Summer 2019)

Sarah Lindmark | Kenan Graduate Student Funds

Sierriana Terry | UNC Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship

Sarah Tomlinson | 2019 Global Scholars Academy Music and Research Development Fellowship

2019 James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress Fellows: Sophia Maria Andricopulos, Emily Hynes, Kelli Smith-Biwer

2019 Pruett Fellows
2019 Pruett Fellows (back to front): Kelli Smith, Sophia Maria Andricopulos, and Emily Hynes

We were fortunate to be among the first at the Music Division of the Library of Congress to take a
deep dive into the first stages of processing the Henry Mancini Papers. In our time at the Library, we rehoused and organized almost 30,000 instrumental parts, sketches, and film scores. We did not finish processing the collection but were fortunate to work closely with the technicians who will complete the project sometime this fall. We all look forward to when the collection will become publicly available!

While this was an enormous undertaking, we all still found time to work on our own independent archival research projects. Kelli Smith-Biwer split her time between the Music Division at the Library of Congress and the National Archives at College Park where she delved into documents relating to the Federal Music Project as it was deployed in regions impacted by the Dust Bowl. Sophia Maria Andricopulos worked with music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries relating to baseball, including materials from the Music Division’s Gershwin Collection and Danny Kaye Collection. Emily Hynes worked in the American Folklife Center, transcribing John Lomax and Herbert Halpert’s field recordings from women’s prisons in the southern United States.

Read more about the James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship in Music here.

Other Projects

Jamie Blake

On-location research in New York, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Philadelphia during the fall 2019 semester.

Emily Hynes

Invited Talk, “Digital Mapping for Musicologists” at St. Olaf College

“Southern Folklife Recordings” Summer Research Presentations at UNC

Panel leader for “ArcGIS for Humanities Use” at the Royster Global Conference

Student spotlight article in the UNC College of Arts & Sciences Magazine (Spring 2020), “Giving voice to the marginalized”

Co-chaired the Carolina Symposia of Music and Culture Co-Chair

Organizer for the Royster Global Conference

Mike Levine

‘Nerds in the Woods’ podcast series co-producer, National Humanities Center (forthcoming)

Episodes include ‘Monuments and Memory,’ ‘Music and Literature,’ and ‘Re-Constructing Black Identity,’ (To be published on iTunes, Stitcher and similar platforms)

Ghost Guns music video:

UNC Research Week feature, “Cuba’s USB-driven music scene” 

Kelli Smith-Biwer

“Vinyl—Gender—Trouble” Workshops, co-designer and organizer, in conjunction with the UNC Music Library

Vinyl - Gender - Trouble

2019 Graduates

Master of Arts

Emily Ann Hynes
Thesis: “Deep Mapping Prison Music of the American South, 1933–1940”
Advisor: Philip Vandermeer

Eduardo Tadafumi Sato
Thesis: “Sounding Nation and Race: Mário de Andrade’s Voice through Lorenzo Dow Turner’s
Recording Ear”
Advisor: Michael Figueroa

Doctor of Philosophy

Stephen Andrew Stacks
Dissertation: “Headed for the Brink: Freedom-Singing in U.S. Culture After 1968” (December 2019)
Advisor: David Garcia

Sarah Elizabeth Tomlinson
Dissertation: “Representing Classical Music to Children and Young People in the United States: Critical
Histories and New Approaches”
Advisor: Chérie Ndaliko

Alumni News

Christopher Campo-BowenChristopher Campo-Bowen, Ph.D. 2018 | Assistant Professor of Musicology (tenure-track) at Virginia Tech, Beginning Fall 2020




Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker, Ph.D. 2019 | Assistant Professor of Music (tenure-track) at the School of Music at West Virginia University

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