Bringing Old Music to Life: Recording Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles


This summer, I had the opportunity (thanks to a bit of extra research funding) to have the music of sixteenth-century English composer Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles professionally recorded. This publication is one of the central musical sources for my dissertation, which investigates, among other things, the role printed music played during the … Continue reading Bringing Old Music to Life: Recording Christopher Tye’s The Actes of the Apostles

The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research


  It’s certainly not a traditional starting place for research, but when it comes to studying nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America, http://www.ancestry.com is an indispensable resource. In studying singers who performed opera in the American Old West, it has supplied me with documents including ship manifests, birth and death records, censuses, and wills and testaments. Such … Continue reading The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research

Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017


Greetings from London, where I’m wrapping up a year of archival research for my dissertation! In early July, I presented some of this work at MedRen, the annual musicological conference dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music, which this year was held in Prague. My paper, entitled “Negotiating Edward VI’s Reformation: Music and Religious Change in … Continue reading Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017

Meeting Guys & Dolls at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts


I recently had a fruitful three-day whirlwind visit to New York, where I spent bulk of my time at the NYPL for the Performing Arts viewing sketches, conductor’s scores, early scripts and lyric drafts, and programs (among other items) from Guys & Dolls, with an eye toward tracing some of the textual changes in the … Continue reading Meeting Guys & Dolls at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts