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Accomplishments by our graduate students and alumni of the Graduate Program in Musicology. Please do take a moment to read through all of the excellent contributions our students are making to the profession and to their respective fields of research (Czech opera to Cuban punk and so much more!).

On March 19 Christopher Campo-Bowen successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “‘We Shall Remain Faithful’: Gender, Nationalism, and the Village Mode in Czech Opera, 1866–1916” (Annegret Fauser, advisor). Chris will be joining the Department of Music at New York University next year as an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow through the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Many congratulations to Dr. Campo-Bowen!


Amanda Black was named to the first cohort of the Thomas S. Kenan Graduate Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Thomas S. Kenan III (’59), the College created the Thomas S. Kenan III Graduate Fellows Program to fund graduate students at a level that enables them to be fully immersed in their scholarship and realize their potential. This new program will help some of the most talented graduate students work toward completion of their doctorates.

Jamie Blake received a UNC Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship to conduct research in Moscow, Russia (summer 2017). She utilized this fellowship to scour available sources documenting Serge Koussevitzky’s early career, working primarily at the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Music and Culture, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, and the Russian State Library.

Kori Hill was awarded the Judith Tick Fellowship for her dissertation research on Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and No. 2. The Judith Tick Fellowship supports scholarly research leading to publication on musical topics involving Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers.

Meg Orita was nominated to the first cohort of the Druscilla French Graduate Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Druscilla French Graduate Student Excellence Fund will help support some of our best graduate students working toward completion of their terminal master’s or doctoral degrees. These recipients distinguished themselves both as a student and as a teacher or mentor to undergraduates in a classroom or research setting. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from UNC alumna, Druscilla “Drucie” French (B.A. ’71, M.A. ’78), who is a psychologist and critical mythologist. Dr. French earned her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Drucie understands the challenges of graduate work and is dedicated to the success of our Carolina graduate students.

Sarah Tomlinson was awarded the Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song for her dissertation research on the ideological history and current practice of classical music programming for children’s audiences in the United States. The Hampsong Education Fellowship is awarded competitively to educators at any phase of their careers who wish to help students and the general public understand American history and culture through the medium of song, by developing curricular or co-curricular projects that utilize materials from the Song of America database and Voices Across Time, as well as other primary resources in American song. Sarah’s dissertation research is currently funded through the Graduate School’s Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship. During the summer, the Graduate School’s Summer Research Fellowship will support her continued archival work. Her participatory research implementing a music appreciation curriculum at the Global Scholars Academy in Durham, NC is funded through the Center for Public Service’s Community Engagement Fellowship and the Society for American Music’s Hampsong Fellowship in American Song. In fall 2018 she will participate in the Center for Faculty Excellence’s Future Faculty Fellows Program.

Jennifer Walker won a Jennifer M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Grant for Research in France from the American Musicological Society (May 2017). Jennifer was also a Harold J. Glass USAF Graduate Fellow (2017–18) and a recipient of an award from the Future Faculty Fellowship Program (Fall 2017). Most recently, Jennifer was awarded a highly competitive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2018–19 to complete her dissertation, “Sounding the Ralliement: Republican Reconfigurations of Catholicism in the Music of Third-Republic Paris, 1880–1905” (Annegret Fauser, advisor).


Jamie Blake presented her research at two conferences: “’The Artist is the Soul of the World’: Koussevitzky and Musical Socialism in America at the conference Music and Socialism, hosted by the University of Nottingham (June 2017); and “A Pivotal Serge Koussevitzky, Musical Migration, and Socialist Idealism in the United States” at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia for the interdisciplinary conference Legacy of the Russian Revolution (November 2017).

Jamie Blake and Grace Kweon, supported by faculty advisor Annegret Fauser, organized the Festival on the Hill, which took place October 12-13, 2017. Planned around the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the theme of this year’s festival was “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917.” Events included two days of presentations from local, national, and international scholars as well as keynote lectures by Katerina Clark (Yale University) and Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge). UNC Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and invited guests performed a chamber concert reflecting on music and musicians affected by the Revolution. The New York-based Russian Dance troupe Barynya performed, and the festival culminated in an all-Shostakovich program given by the UNC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Tonu Kalam and featuring faculty pianist Clara Yang. Additionally, Jamie and Grace curated a multimedia exhibit at the Ackland Museum study gallery. The Festival was co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies and further supported by the UNC Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Oxford University Press Music & Letters Fund. The conference was both planned and run by graduate students, including a team of volunteers who worked during the event: Erica Fedor, Ben Gates, Aldwyn Hogg, Jay Maenhout, Erin Pratt, and Jennifer Walker.

Christopher Campo-Bowen presented his research at two conferences: “The Time of Miracles”: Cosmopolitan Dreams and the Czech National Theater at the 1892 Exhibition of Music and Theater in Vienna, Branding “Western Music” Conference, Universität Bern (September 2017); and “Exemplar and Gospel”: The Village Mode in Czech Opera and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY (November 2017).

Mike Levine presented his paper “Collective Voicing and Political Dissent in the Recordings of Porno Para Ricardo” at the Curating Resistance: Punk as Archival Method conference, UCLA (February 9-10, 2018).

Alexander Marsden presented his research at two conferences: ‘“One Line Flows, Yeah I Got Some of Those”: Performing Heritage in Grime Flow’ at the UNC-KCL Joint Graduate Music Conference, Department of Music, King’s College, London (September 3, 2017); and ‘“People Too’: Music and Empathy in the Calais ‘Jungle’” at Precarious Sounds/Sounding Sanctuary, Music Department, New York University (February 16, 2018).

Meg Orita presented her paper, “‘We Don’t Want Your Tiny Hands Anywhere Near Our Underpants’: 1990s Pop/Rock Singer-Songwriters at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.” at the Society for American Music annual meeting in Kansas City, MO (February 28-March 4, 2018). Meg presented this same paper earlier this academic year at the South Central Graduate Music Consortium Annual Conference (September 2017).

Megan Ross presented her paper, “The Late Quartets and Wagner’s 1870 ‘Beethoven’ Essay Revisited,” at the Seventh New Beethoven Research Meeting Rochester, NY (November 8-9, 2017). She also presented research from her dissertation, “The Critical Reception of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C# minor” at the Beethoven Studienkolleg at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany with funding from the Beethoven-Haus and UNC-CH Graduate Student Transportation Grant (September 4-7, 2017).

Sarah Tomlinson presented her research at three conferences: “‘Wherever there’s a conductor, you’re sure to find a dead composer’: Setting the Standard of Western Classical Music Programming for Youth Audiences in the United States,” presented at the University of Bern Branding ‘Western Music’ Conference, Bern, Switzerland (September 9, 2017); “Songs for Schoolrooms: Alan Lomax’s Folk Music of America Broadcasts, 1939-1940,” presented at the Library of Congress ‘Transatlantic Call: People to People’ Public Conference, Washington, DC (September 22, 2017); and “Youth Perspectives, Fan Mail, and Representations of Classical Music on the Music Appreciation Hour and Young People’s Concerts, 1928–72,” presented at the Society for American Music Conference, Kansas City, MO (March 4, 2018).

Jennifer Walker presented her research at four conferences: “Reaching the Promised Land: Jules Massenet’s La Terre promise and the Religious Republic” at the Fifth Biennial North American Conference on Nineteenth Century Music (July 2017); “Sacred Salles and Secular Sanctuaries: Religion and the Musical Branding of Paris at the fin de siècle” at the conference “Branding Western Music” in Bern, Switzerland (September 2017); “‘Les Grands oratorios à l’église Saint-Eustache’ and the Parisian Press” at the Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Francophone Music Criticism Network (November 2017); and “Sacred Sanctuary or Secular Stage?: ‘Les Grands oratorios à l’église Saint-Eustache’ and the Religious Republic” at the meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society (March 2018).


Sarah Tomlinson received an invitation from the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center and John W. Kluge Center to participate in the Alan Lomax Radio Week Work-a-thon from September 18-22, 2017. The work-a-thon cumulated in public presentation, where Sarah discussed her work on Alan Lomax’s Folk Music of America radio broadcasts for children.


Christopher Campo-Bowen translated a few essays from Czech for the edited collection Czech Music Around 1900 (December 2017). Chris also had a book review of “Kelly St. Pierre, Bedřich Smetana: Myth, Music, and Propaganda” published in European History Quarterly 48, no. 1 (January 2018): 184–186, and three encyclopedia entries (“Janáček, Leoš,” “National-classical music: Czech,” and “Smetana, Bedřich”) published in the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe.