Successful defenses: Anne and Austin


Last Tuesday, SMR members Anne Heminger and Austin Stewart mounted a double-header and successfully—not to mention adeptly and admirably—defended their respective dissertations. Anne’s dissertation is titled “Confession Carried Aloft: Music, Religious Identity, and Sacred Space in London, c. 1540–1560” and Austin’s is titled “The Opera is Booming. This is a City.: Opera in the Urban … Continue reading Successful defenses: Anne and Austin

James McNally: Dissertation Defense


Last Friday, James McNally successfully defended his dissertation (see abstract below) in the presence of a riveted audience. Congratulations, Jimmy, on your outstanding work, and all the best with final revisions.       —————————————- São Paulo Underground: Creativity, Collaboration, and Cultural Production in a Multi-Stylistic Experimental Music Scene This dissertation investigates the interrelated dynamics of … Continue reading James McNally: Dissertation Defense

Anne’s Dissertation Oral Presentation


Last week, Anne Heminger delivered her Dissertation Oral Presentation at the Burton Tower between soundings of the carillon at quarter-hours. Her sizable audience, held in rapt attention, learned about shifting musical practices that attended the turbulent period of 1540–1560 England and how liturgical music both reflected and facilitated religious perspectives during this time (see abstract … Continue reading Anne’s Dissertation Oral Presentation

Dissertation Defense: Ho Chak Law (ethnomusicology)


Last week, ethnomusicologist Ho Chak Law successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Cinematizing Chinese Opera, Performing Chinese Identities, 1945-1971” (abstract below), before a crowd of distinguished guests. Congratulations, Ho Chak! We’re proud of you, but sorry to have you leave us! Abstract On stage and on film, Chinese opera persisted in being an important means of … Continue reading Dissertation Defense: Ho Chak Law (ethnomusicology)

Successful Dissertation Defense: Hye Sang Monica Ahn


On May 11, Monica Ahn successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “From Partimento to Finished Work: Realizing, Revising, and Expanding Partimenti Using Techniques of the Bach Family” (see abstract below). Congratulations, Monica!     “From Partimento to Finished Work: Realizing, Revising, and Expanding Partimenti Using Techniques of the Bach Family” The centrality of thoroughbass to eighteenth-century … Continue reading Successful Dissertation Defense: Hye Sang Monica Ahn

Successful Dissertation Defense: Kathryn Cox, Historical Musicology


On December 5, Kathryn Cox (Historical Musicology) successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “‘What Happened to the Post-War Dream?’: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Affect in British Rock of the 1960s and 1970s” (abstract below). Congratulations, Kathryn! “What Happened to the Post-War Dream?”: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Affect in British Rock of the 1960s and 1970s The widespread popularity … Continue reading Successful Dissertation Defense: Kathryn Cox, Historical Musicology