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

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

SMR research showcase


Recently, SMR Forum hosted an event that we hope will be the first edition of many: a research showcase featuring literature pertinent to our individual areas of study. The event works as follows: each member receives SMR funds to purchase a book, and members later meet to present on these books and discuss the contribution … Continue reading SMR research showcase

William van Geest conducts dissertation research in Germany


Over the summer, I had the privilege of spending seven weeks in Germany, researching for my dissertation. I spent most of this time in Berlin, but also spent a week in Leipzig and several days in Dresden. As the history that I present in my dissertation (entitled “The Chorale in American Music Theory: A Genealogy”) … Continue reading William van Geest conducts dissertation research in Germany

Anna Rose Nelson, summer research in Basel


This summer, theorist Anna Rose Nelson was awarded a one-month stipend from the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland to conduct research pertaining to her dissertation on miniature forms in modernist compositions. While she was there, she spent the bulk of her time carefully analyzing the sketch material available for Brian Ferneyhough’s Sonatas for String Quartet (1967), … Continue reading Anna Rose Nelson, summer research in Basel