Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation


Recently, SMR member Lena Leson gave her dissertation presentation, one of the final steps before defense. Not to be undone by coronavirus-related social-distancing measures, Lena delivered the presentation electronically. Please see below for dissertation title and abstract! Making Balanchine an American Modernist: Cold War Aesthetics and Franco-Russian Practices in the Ballets of George Balanchine Among … Continue reading Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation

Patricia Moss defends dissertation


Earlier this week, Patricia Moss successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Interpreting Race and Difference in the Operas of Richard Strauss” (abstract below), before a raptly attentive audience. Congratulations, Patricia, and all the best on final revisions! Interpreting Race and Difference in the Operas of Richard Strauss After World War II, Richard Strauss’s life and compositions … Continue reading Patricia Moss defends dissertation

Kristen Clough defends dissertation


Earlier this week, SMR member Kristen Clough successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth Republic Opera, 1945–1958” (abstract below). Congratulations, Kristen, and all the best with final revisions! Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth Republic … Continue reading Kristen Clough defends dissertation

Dissertation Presentations: Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss


Earlier this week, SMR members Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss offered a preview of their dissertations (see abstracts below) in the final stage before their dissertation defenses. Congratulations, Kristen and Patricia, and all the best in the last furlong! Abstracts Kristen Clough, “Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth … Continue reading Dissertation Presentations: Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss

Jessica Grimmer: Dissertation presentation


Last week, Jessica Grimmer gave her dissertation presentation, the final step before her dissertation defense. Those in attendance received a tantalizing preview of her dissertation, entitled “Ideological Battlefields in the Music Conservatoires of the French Provinces under the Nazi Occupation and Vichy Regime” (see abstract below). All the best in the home stretch, Jessica! Abstract:The … Continue reading Jessica Grimmer: Dissertation presentation

Michael Schachter defends dissertations


Earlier this week, Michael Schachter successfully defended his dissertations. You read that correctly: as a Theory/Composition PhD, he had to write two dissertations. Please see below for titles and abstracts. Congratulations, Michael! * * * Vol. I: “The Black Clown” Abstract    The Black Clown is a music-theatrical work scored for Bass-Baritone, mixed chorus, and orchestra. … Continue reading Michael Schachter defends dissertations