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

Elizabeth McLain: JMR article publication

Recently, SMR member Elizabeth McLain had an article published in the Journal of Musicological Research. The article, entitled "In Tempore Belli: George Crumb's Black Angels and the Vietnam War" (see abstract below), includes in appendix an interview with Crumb himself. Incidentally, connections between this piece and U-M run deep: a fellow Wolverine, Crumb received his DMA from the University … Continue reading Elizabeth McLain: JMR article publication

SMR Winter 2019 Lightning Talks

Last Friday, SMR members gathered for its first-ever series of lightning talks. Several SMR members presented five-minute papers, presenting on topics related to current dissertation work, term papers, or side projects, after which members discussed and provided feedback. Given the success of this event, lightning talks will likely become a regular SMR offering. Photos by … Continue reading SMR Winter 2019 Lightning Talks

Alyssa Wells at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference

This past weekend, musicology PhD candidate Alyssa Wells presented her paper “A Blaring Silence: Ritual, Hazing, and Abuse in Drum Corps” at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference (abstract below). In addition to attending this conference, Alyssa was also able to catch up with fellow U of M musicology PhD candidate, Austin Stewart. They are pictured below in the … Continue reading Alyssa Wells at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference

SMR General Assembly, Winter 2019

Last week, SMR members gathered for the annual winter General Assembly. After recapping SMR’s various activities of the past semester, members discussed initiatives—professional, social, and other—to pursue for the remainder of the academic year, as well as plans for next year. By all appearances, Winter 2019 should be another busy and rewarding semester! Photo by … Continue reading SMR General Assembly, Winter 2019

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