Fellowships, 2010-11


Andrew Westerhaus received a Provost’s Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Jim Sykes received a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to Kings College, University of London to work on a European Research Council project called “Musical Transitions under European Colonialism in the Indian Ocean.” He also successfully defended his dissertation, “Modern Transformation of the Musical Gift: Sound, Buddhism, and the Politics of Belonging in Sri Lanka,” and will graduate this quarter.

Eun Young Lee was selected as a Composer Fellow for the Madness and Music Festival at UC Davis, and in connection, the Empyrean Ensemble performed her work Nok-du-kkot for solo viola and chamber ensemble. She will defend her dissertation composition, sori, next week and plans to graduate this quarter.

Andrew Cashner received a Javits Fellowship.

Peter Kupfer successfully defended his dissertation “Music, Ideology, and Entertainment in the Soviet Musical Comedies of Grigory Aleksandrov and Isaak Dunaevsky” while serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Reed College. He has since accepted a tenure-track position at Southern Metholdist University and will join Hedy Law (Ph.D. ’09) on their faculty.

Kirsten Paige accepted an offer of admission to St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge for work towards an M.Phil degree in Music. She plans to study with Stefano Castelvecchi (Ph.D. ’96). Her work will be supported by an Edison Fellowship from the British Library for 2011-12 and by the Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship administered by the New England Conservatory and Boston Symphony.

Andy Greenwood received both a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship in the College for 2011-12, a grant from the Nicholson Center for British Studies to support his research toward a talk and concert in Spring, 2012 entitled, “Contagious Currencies of Feeling: Music in the Scottish Enlightenment,” and a Whiting Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Luis-Manuel Garcia was awarded a 2011-12 postdoctoral fellowship at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität in support of his postdoctoral project, “The Techno Jet-Set: Class, Tourism, and Mobility in Berlin’s Electronic Dance Music Scene.”

Trent Leipert received the Paul Sacher Stiftung scholarship for his research project, “Modern Feelings, New Music,” and will be in residence at the Paul Sacher Stiftung from September to December, 2012.

Michael O’Toole was awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year to complete his dissertation, “The Sounds and Silences of Multiculturalism in the New Berlin.” The fellowship is administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for dissertations that address ethical or religious values. He also received a topping-off grant from the Humanities Division’s Whiting competition.

Michelle Urberg received both a Fulbright and an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Uppsala, Sweden.

Melissa Bilal received an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to conduct dissertation research in Istanbul and Yerevan.

Martha Sprigge received support from the Jan LaRue Travel Fund for Research in Europe for research toward her dissertation, “Abilities to Mourn: Musical Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic (1945-1989).” Furthermore, her writing will be supported by a Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-12, via the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Rachel Adelstien was awarded a Marty Martin Center Junior Fellowship for 2011-12 for dissertation writing.

Michael Figueroa received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Israel.



Bob Kendrick received a year-long residential faculty fellowship from the Franke Institute for the Humanities to complete his project, “Singing Jeremiah: Meaning and Music in the Holy Week.”

Thomas Christensen was awarded a Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin to be taken in 2012-13.

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