Message from SMR co-chairs


Like many academics across the globe, SMR members are currently confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the physical distance, we are doing our best to stay connected! We have now hosted a digital General Assembly, our Dissertation Writing Group forges on, and there is a virtual game night in the works (stay … Continue reading Message from SMR co-chairs

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

SMR at MGMC 2020


To round out their spring break, SMR members Anna Nelson and Sylvie Tran traveled to the University of Iowa in Iowa City for the 24th annual meeting of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium. In addition to presenting successful papers (abstracts below), they represented SMR in its inaugural year as a member of the consortium. This … Continue reading SMR at MGMC 2020

DEI Reading Group: Whistling Vivaldi


Earlier this week, SMR members (and friends) gathered for the February edition of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student-Faculty Reading Group. This time, Claude M. Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do was the topic of discussion. Those in attendance discussed the role that stereotypes play in human lives, and … Continue reading DEI Reading Group: Whistling Vivaldi