Ph.D. Candidate

Megan RossMegan Ross (Ph.D. candidate) is originally from East Northport, N.Y., and holds degrees from Boston University (M.M. in Historical Musicology) and the College of the Holy Cross (B.A. in Music). Her dissertation, “The Critical Reception of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C#-minor, Op. 131,”aims to expand our understanding of Beethoven’s late style by synthesizing a broad spectrum of responses to this single work. These responses include biographical, technical, and social analyses, as well as compositional attempts to come to terms with it. Her other research and teaching interests include Beethoven sketch studies, the development of the fields of musicology and criticism, disability studies, music and politics, and DJ culture.

“Continuing the Quest for Legitimacy: The Institutionalization of Hip-Hop DJing Education.” M.A. thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015.

 “The Genesis of the Second Finale to Beethoven’s Quartet, Opus 130.” M.M. thesis, Boston University, 2013.

Conference Papers

“The Critical Reception of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C#-minor.” Beethoven Studienkolleg, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Germany, 4-7 September 2017.

“Introduction to my Dissertation: The Critical Reception of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C#-minor, Op. 131.” Boston University’s Center for Beethoven Research Annual Symposium, Boston, MA, 6-7 April 2017.

“MS. Autograph 19c, Form and the Second Finale of Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb Major Op. 130.” Boston University’s Center for Beethoven Research Annual Symposium, Boston, MA, 12-13 April 2016.

“Women and Formal Hip-Hop DJ Education.” Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 6 – 7 April 2016.

“From Sound to Sight: A Study of Formal Hip-Hop DJ Education.” South Central Graduate Music Consortium, University of Virginia,Charlottesville, VA, 25 – 26 September 2015.

“Multimodal Approaches to Teaching in Formal DJ Education.” Sight and Sound: Joint Graduate Student Music Conference, Kings College London, London, UK, 28 – 30 May 2015.

“The Intersection of Academic and DJ Culture in Chapel Hill.” IASPM-US, Roundtable Panelist, Chapel Hill, NC, 13 – 16 March 2014.

Invited Public Lectures:

“Love Triangles and Tragedy in Brahms’s Op. 60.” Program Notes Live, Carolina Performing Arts Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 7 April 2016.

“A Hero’s Death?: Marcia Funebre in Beethoven’s Eroica.” Program Notes Live, Carolina Performing Arts Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 5 February 2016.

Public Musicology:

“Formalized DJ Education.” Interview with Hip-Hop Legend DJ Rob Swift, Dope on Plastic with Rob Swift, Scion Streaming Radio, April 2015.

“Program Notes for Behzod Abduraimov,” Carolina Performing Arts Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 18 April 18 2017.

The Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)

  • Boston University Center for Beethoven Research
  • The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University

Future Faculty Fellowship Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017)

Instructor of Record

  • Opera and Politics (MUSC 291)
  • The Sounds of War and Revolution Since 1750 (MUSC 289, PWAD 289, Co-Instructor)
  • Music Honors Seminar (MUSC 390H, Co-Instructor)
  • World Musics (MUSC 146, Carolina Courses Online & Recitation)
  • Great Musical Works (MUSC 142, Recitation)

Lecturer and Grader

  • Music History 1 (MUSC 254)
  • Introduction to Rock (MUSC 143)
  • Theory 1 (MUSC 131)
  • Women and Music (MUSC 188)
  • Introduction to Jazz (MUSC 145)