Trevor Harvey receives Hubbard-Walder Teaching Award

Monday, April 1, 2024
This university-wide teaching award recognizes those "who have demonstrated excellence in a rich variety of university teaching (e.g., undergraduate, graduate or professional, classroom, one-on-one) and contributed to curriculum and/or program development."
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Nathan Platte wins Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism

Monday, December 11, 2023
Nathan Platte’s article, “Mixed Motives: Soviet Symphonies and Propagandistic Duplicity in The Iron Curtain (1948),” received a 2023 Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism. Published in the open-access journal Music & Politics, Nathan’s article on the repurposing of Soviet symphonic music in an anti-Communist Hollywood film is freely available.



Marian Wilson Kimber quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber's expertise on Fanny Mendelssohn and historical narratives on women musicians is featured in a recent article by Elizabeth Winkler, "The Rediscovery of Fanny Mendelssohn," for the Wall Street Journal.
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New research in Music & Politics from musicology faculty

Friday, April 14, 2023
Marian Wilson Kimber and Nathan Platte have both published articles in the most recent issues of Music & Politics. The journal is open access, so you can read and share their articles freely with others.
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Rebekah Erdman on laughter and “living scenery” in Rutland Boughton’s The Immortal Hour

Thursday, January 19, 2023
Rebekah Erdman (PhD pre-candidate, musicology) has a new article in Opera Journal (55:1) titled “The Immortal Hour of the English Choral Drama."
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Cody Norling on May Valentine’s Winding Path through American Opera

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Cody Norling (PhD candidate, Musicology) has a new article out in American Music (40:1) titled “Making an American Opera Career: Conductor May Valentine (1890-1974) and a Woman’s Role(s) in the Business of Opera.”
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Dr. Suhadolnik’s Collaborative Research Published in Sounding Together

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Sarah Suhadolnik’s work with colleague Monica Hershberger is featured in the new, open-access collection Sounding Together: Collaborative Perspectives on U.S. Music in the 21st Century (eds. Charles Hiroshi Garrett and Carol Oja).


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New Media Essays Explore Music in Games and Film

Monday, March 1, 2021
Using media to share research is not new here. Trevor Harvey’s podcast, Ethnomusicology Today, has been doing just that since 2015. Since then, more students and faculty are exploring different formats to study and share work on a range of musical topics. Here are some recent highlights: Jon Eldridge II, Nathan Platte, Anastasia Scholze.
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Ethnomusicology Today in the News

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Ethnomusicology Today, a podcast produced and hosted at UI by Dr. Trevor Harvey, is featured in an article published the Iowa City Press-Citizen. 

Performance Projects

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Trevor Harvey helps bring “Esteban and the Children of the Sun” to a broader audience

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Last semester, ethnomusicologist Trevor Harvey played a critical role in coordinating Esteban and the Children of the Sun, a multimedia performance envisioned and composed by former Director of Jazz Studies at Iowa, John Rapson, who passed away in July 2021.
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An “Examination of Conscience at Midnight” in Jean-François Charles’s Music

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Written in 2011 and recorded this year by Ligament—Anika Kildegaard (voice) and Will Yager (bass)—University of Iowa Assistant Professor Jean-François Charles’s “Benedictus” is a fitting song to listen to at a time when we are nearing the midnight of the year, to say nothing of midnight on the Doomsday Clock, which has been on the verge of twelve o’clock for so long that crisis seems to be a permanent state of affairs.

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Cody Norling's Dissertation Illuminates Opera Production in 1920s Chicago

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Congratulations to Cody Norling (Musicology), who recently completed his PhD with a dissertation titled: “Opera in the Second City: Negotiating National Operatic Identities In and Around 1920s Chicago.” Cody’s work draws on archival documents and press clippings related to some of Chicago’s major opera presenters and supporting organizations to study “opera’s role as a perceived indicator of civic and national progress,” highlighting discourses around economy, class, race, and nationality.

Congratulations to MA musicology alum Christos Sidiropoulos

Thursday, October 26, 2023
UI musicology alum Christos Sidiropoulos is commencing studies at the University of Ottawa, where he will pursue a PhD in Interdisciplinary Research in Music. Christos successfully defended his thesis on Mikis Theodorakis's film score for Zorba the Greek (1964) in Spring 2023. Congratulations, Christos!

Field Notes

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Iowa hosts the 2024 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

Monday, April 15, 2024
Graduate student scholars, composers, and performers gathered in Voxman to share new research, music, and camaraderie.
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Christine Getz wraps up her presidential term with the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
While serving as an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor Christine Getz remains active in her musicological research and service. Dr. Getz just finished her two-year term as President of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2021-2023) and presented three papers at special conferences in Mantova and Milan in 2022.