- Ph.D. student Anna Brashears presents a paper at the Fall Meeting of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society, held at the Library of Congress on September 21. The title of her paper is “‘Now We are Dead’: Ethel Voynich’s Epitaph in Ballad Form and the Aftermath of Rebellion.”
- Ph.D. candidate Kevin McDonald is appointed Adjunct Faculy in Jazz Percussion at George Mason University.
- Benjamin Shields, a junior pursuing the B.A. in Music with an Emphasis in Music History and Literature, receives a fellowship at the Library of Congress, through the 2019 Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program.
- Dr. Emily Bell presents a paper at the National Conference of the Popular Culture Association, held in Washington DC, April 17-20. The title of her paper is "Realism via Folk Culture: Mussorgsky’s ‘Hopak.'"
- Alumnus Joseph Mann (Ph.D. 2017) gives a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, held in Toronto, March 17-19. The title of his paper is "'Because of My Love and Hope': John Dowland's Pedagogy of Ethics for Young Musicians."
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver gives a lecture titled “Of Color, Space, and Texture: How We Use Visual Language to Talk about Music” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn on Saturday, February 16. Part of the Art History Gallery Talks Series, Dr. Weaver’s lecture is given in conjunction with an art exhibition titled “Musicalia,” produced by the City of Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green.
- Alumnus Joseph Mann (Ph.D. 2017) gives a paper at the conference "Early Modern Songscapes," held at the University of Toronto, February 8-9. The title of his paper is "Media Blitz, Restoration-Style: The Musical Propaganda Campaign Surrounding the Return of Charles II."
- Ph.D. student Kevin McDonald, Musician 1st Class in the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, writes the program notes to the Commodores' new CD, titled "Mosaic."
- Alumnus Thad Garrett (M.A./M.S.L.S. 2013) is hired as the Librarian for the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC.
- Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) gives a paper at the interdisciplinary conference "Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Celebration," held at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York on 9-11 November 2018. The title of her paper is "Leonard Bernstein, the Educator."
- Alumna Karen Uslin (Ph.D. 2015) participates in a panel on “Othered within the Other: Marginalized Voices in Jewish Studies” at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, 1–4 November.
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver gives a paper at the joint Fall Meeting of the Allegheny, Capital, and Mid-Atlantic Chapters of the American Musicological Society at the University of Delaware, 5–6 October. The title of his paper is “Who Sees the Erlkönig? Focalization and Meaning in Two Settings of Goethe’s Poem.”
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article “The Materiality of Musical Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe: Representation and Negotiation in Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648),” Journal of Musicology 35, no. 4 (Fall 2018): 460–97.
- Ph.D. candidate Kenneth Stilwell passes his dissertation defense with distinction.
- Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) gives a paper as part of a panel titled "Leonard Bernstein Centenary" for the 54th Royal Musical Association Annual Conference at the University of Bristol, UK, 13-15 September 2018. The title of her paper is "Leonard Bernstein: Presidents, Politics, and Protest."
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article “Crafting the Fairy Tales: Schumann’s Autograph Manuscript of Märchenbilder, Op. 113,” Journal of the American Viola Society 34, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 33–45.
- Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson publishes a review of Alejandro L. Madrid, In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, vol. 71, no. 1.
- Ph.D. candidate Joy-Leilani Garbutt receives a Fulbright grant to Paris to conduct research on her dissertation, “Les femmes françaises et l’orgue: A Critical Examination of French Organ Literature Composed by Women, 1872–1954.”
- Alumnus Chrisopher Campo-Bowen (M.M. 2011) successfully defends his doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is appointed Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Department of Music of New York University through the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
- Alumna Alicia Kopfstein-Penk (Ph.D. 2011) gives a paper at the conference "Public Music Discourse: In Honor of the Bernstein Centenary," held at the University of South Carolina on 2-3 March. The title of her paper is "Leonard Bernstein as a Paradigm of Successful Public Music Discourse."
- Alumnus Joseph Mann (Ph.D. 2017) gives a paper at the conference "The Intermedia Restoration," held at the University of Maryland, College Park on 16 February. The title of his paper is "A History of Hidden Monarchical Manipulation: The Themes and Strategies of Late-Stuart Music Propaganda."
- Alumnus Topher Booth (Ph.D. 2018) gives a paper at the international conference "Men Writing Women: Women in the Work of Woody Allen and Beyond," held at York St. John University in England on 13 January. The title of his paper is "'A Particularly Cruel Business for a Woman': Nineteenth-Century Opera as Feminist Voice in Match Point."
- Alumni Karen Uslin (Ph.D. 2015), Christopher Campo-Bowen (M.M. 2011), and Rachel McNellis (B.M. 2011, M.A. 2014) give presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held November 9-12 in Rochester, New York.
- Alumnus Lars Helgert (Ph.D. 2008) gives a presentation at the 10th Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, held September 11-14 at the University of Surrey. The title of his paper is "Liberal Politics and American Identity in Leonard Bernstein's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Songfest, and Slava! A Political Overture."
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article "Toward a New Grammar of Mid-Seventeenth-Century Harmonic Language: Hearing Expressive Harmonies in Motets from the Habsburg Court of Ferdinand III (1637-57)," Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 21 (2015), https://sscm-jscm.org/jscm-issues/volume-21-no-1/toward-a-new-grammar-of-mid-seventeenth-century-harmonic-language/
- Alumnus Joseph Mann (Ph.D. 2017) is appointed Resident Director and Scholar in Residence at St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
- Dr. Andrew H. Weaver publishes the article "Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe," Journal of the Royal Musical Association 142 (2017): 31-67.
- Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann passes his dissertation defense with distinction.
- Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann presents a paper at the annual conference of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, held April 20-23 at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. The title of his paper is "'What build a World, may surely repair a State': Royalist Propaganda Music in the English Interregnum."
- Ph.D. candidate Topher Booth presents a paper at the annual British Forum for Ethnomusicoloy and Royal Musical Association Research Students Conference, held January 5-7 at Canterbury Christ Church University. The title of his paper is "'Let them eat cake pops': Anachronism as Feminist Voice in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette."
- Dr. Sara Pecknold, Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson, and Dr. Lars Helgert give papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held in Vancouver, November 3-6.
- Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann publishes the article "Re-evaluating Nineteenth-Century Music Criticism and the Case of James William Davison," Musical Times 157, no. 1936 (Autumn 2016).
- Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann publishes the article "'Both Schollers & Practitioners': The Pedagogy of Ethical Scholarship and Music in Thomas Morley's Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke," Musica disciplina 59 (2016).
- Ph.D. candidate Joseph Mann presents a paper at the Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, held at Syracuse University on August 4-6. The title of his paper is "'Take Them All and Hang Them One by One': English Church-Music Pamphlets as Political Propaganda, 1640-1643."
- Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson presents a paper at the 34th international congress of the Latin American Studies Association in New York City on May 27-30. The title of her paper is "Mabel Dodge Luhan, Carlos Chávez, and 'Whirling around Mexico.'"
- Ph.D. alumna Sara Pecknold is appointed clinical assistant professor of musicology at CUA.
- Ph.D. student Tom Rohde wins the Lowens Award for Student Research from the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society, awarded at the Spring Meeting of the chapter held at American University on April 9. The title of his winning paper is "Brazilian Nationalist Representation in the Text and Musical Setting of Heitor Villa-Lobos's Choros No. 10: 'Rasga o coração'." M.A. student Anna Brashears is also a finalist for the award.
- Alumna and adjunct faculty member Sara Pecknold (M.M. 2009, Ph.D. 2015) gives an interview on Barbara Strozzi to BBC 3 for their "Composer of the Week" broadcast. The interview airs in March.
- Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson and Ph.D. student Gregory Thomas Martin participate in the Joint Fall Meeting of the Capital and Southeast Chapters of the American Musicological Society at the University of Richmond on October 16–17. Dr. Taylor Gibson presents a paper titled "Mabel Dodge Luhan, Carlos Chávez, and Whrling around Mexico," and Gregory presents a poster session titled "The Record and the Creation of Hip-Hop Culture: How Technology Helped Create an African-American Musical Style."
- Ph.D. student Caitlin Miller publishes the essay, "'Und das hat mit ihrem Singen, Die Lore-Ley gethan': Subjectivity and Objectification in Two Heine Settings," in Women and the Nineteenth-Century Lied, ed. Aisling Kenny and Susan Wollenberg (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).