Mandy Jo Smith Wins Graduate Student Paper Award

Mandy Jo Smith, musicology alumna now working towards her PhD at Case Western University, organized a session on rock drumming for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. The session was standing room only, attended by major scholars of popular music as well as graduate researchers. Mandy Jo won the Graduate Student Paper Award at this conference for her presentation.

Erin Miller’s Research Featured in Research at the Beach

MM candidate Erin Miller’s research is in the spotlight in this month’s “Research at the Beach” Newsletter.  The article explores Erin’s work on how artists have used their voices to represent the marginalized groups in their respective experiences, taking into consideration gender and feminist readings of meaning and identity, and hermeneutic meanings in texts and poetry.

Sarah Gerk in Yearlong Residency

Alumna Sarah Gerk completed her Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of Michigan. She is currently supported by a yearlong residency at the River Wind House, a writer’s residence in South Haven, Michigan, where she is writing a book on Irish influences on nineteenth-century American popular music.

Her article on Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony is forthcoming with the Journal of the Society for American Music, and her essay on Alice Cooper’s relationship with Detroit has recently been published in the book Heavy Metal, Gender, and Sexuality: Interdiscipinary Approaches. She has also written several entries for the new edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music and she is the author of the practice quizzes for the latest edition of Peter Burkholder’s A History of Western Music. 

She has presented research at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Society for American Music, as well as internationally at conferences on Irish music, nineteenth-century music, and heavy metal.