Graduate Alumni News
Graduate Alumni News as of Spring 2018
Gina Bombola (PhD, 2017) received the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Humanities & Fine Arts for her dissertation “Can’t Help Singing: The Modern ‘Opera’ Diva in Hollywood Film, 1930–1955,” which will be presented at the Graduate School’s Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 5. Gina is currently Lecturer in Musicology in the School of Music at Texas Christian University.
Daniel Guberman(PhD, 2012) completed his first full year with the Center for Instructional Excellence at Purdue University. In 2017, his scholarly writings appeared in Tyranny and Music, the Noba Psychology Blog and Newsletter, the Journal of Assessment and Instructional Effectiveness, and New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. He also presented at the (Re)imagining Humanities Teaching Conference (Kansas City, MO), the Lilly International Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning (Bethesda, MD), the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference (Calgary, CA), and the Professional Organizational Development Network Conference (Montréal, CA).
Alex Ross of the New Yorker recently cited Douglas Shadle (PhD, 2010) for his research on Florence Price. The piece is titled <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/05/the-rediscovery-of-florence-price> “The Rediscovery of Florence Price: How an African-American composer’s works were saved from destruction” (February 5, 2018). Douglas Shadle is currently Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University.
Graduate Alumni News as of Summer 2017
Naomi Graber (Ph.D. 2013) received a research and travel grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation, and Naomi will be a fellow at the Wilson Center for the Humanities at University of Georgia, Athens during spring semester 2018. Both awards will support Naomi’s book project “Sounding it Out: Kurt Weill’s Musical America.”
Chris Reali (Ph.D. 2014) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Ramapo College where he will be teaching in the Music Industry program.
Chris Wells (Ph.D. 2014) was awarded the Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship by the Society for American Music for his research project “‘Feeling Every Note’: Embodiment, Community, and Precarity at Jazz 966.” This fellowship, endowed in honor of Adrienne Fried Block, is given to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities.
Josh Busman (Ph.D. 2015) accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke.
Kristen Turner (Ph.D. 2015) has been awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her new project, “Opera on the American Popular Stage, 1890-1915.”
Molly Barnes (Ph.D. 2016) presented her paper, “Otto Dresel and the German Element in Nineteenth-Century American Musical Life” at American Musicological Society-South East (AMS-SE) chapter meeting at Furman University on March 18. Molly was also elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of AMS-SE for 2017-2019.
Graduate Alumni News as of Spring 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.