Congratulations to 2015 Musicology Division Graduates!

Congratulations to our Master of Music and Ph.D. students who will be graduating this spring!

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Casey Brege

Master’s Thesis: “Rapping Feminism, Rapping the Family: Hip Hop, the Mudawwana, and the Monarchy in Morocco”

Ryan McNulty

Master’s Thesis: “Imaginings of Africa in the Music of Miles Davis”

Ryan Prendergast

Master’s Thesis: “A Hero’s Work of Peace: Richard Strauss’s Friedenstag”

Nolan Vallier

Master’s Paper: “Lineages of Minimalism: A case study of multimedia in the postminimal works of Phill Niblock and Arnold Dreyblatt”


Ignacio Prats Arolas

Dissertation: “Music and Communication in Enlightenment Rome: Doctrine, Instruction, Socialization, and Style in the Vocal Works of the Collegio Nazareno (1704-1784)”

Steve Wilson

Dissertation: “The radical music of John Zorn, Diamanda Galás, and Merzbow: a hermeneutic approach to expressive noise”


2015 Musicology Grad Student Year-End Grant and Award Roundup

Graduate students in the Musicology Division have had a very successful year for grants and awards! Congratulations to you all! We’re so proud of you!

Kyle Carmack – FLAS Fellowship, CGS

Liliana Carrizo – The American Academic Research Institute (TAARII) Fellowship (2014)

Liliana Carrizo – Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Fellowship (2014-15)

Liliana Carrizo – The Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship (2015-16)

Liliana Carrizo – The Evelyne Accad and Paul Vielle Award (2015)

Jessica Hajek – 2015 UI Dissertation Travel Grant

Catherine Hennessy Wolter – Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Lucas Henry – FLAS fellowship, Swedish, EUC

Eric Jones – Summer (2015) and Year-long (2015-16) FLAS, CLACS

Jamil Jorge – 2015 UI Master’s Project Travel Grant

Heejin Kim – 2015 Nicholas Temperley Dissertation Prize

Matthew Knight -2014-15 UI Dissertation Travel Grant

Matthew Knight –  2015-16 Presser Foundation Fellowship

Kelli McQueen (incoming PhD) – Medieval Studies Fellowship

Thornton Miller – 2015-16 Graduate INTERSECT fellowship for the program “Cultures of Law in Global Contexts”

Thornton Miller – 2015 Jill McAllister Award

Ellen Rice (incoming MM) – Illinois Distinguished Fellowship

E.J. Stokes – Graduate College Educational Equity Programs Recognition Award

Ben Wheeler  – 2015 UI Master’s Project Travel Grant

Melissa Zapata-Rodriguez (incoming) – 2015-16 Graduate College Fellowship

Ian Middleton – 2015-16 CLACS Love/Kilby Fellowship

Assistant Professor Michael Silvers named 2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow

Announcing the 2015 Central Program’s ACLS Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-15 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year, ACLS increased the top stipend level and the number of fellowships offered through the program, and made a total of 70 awards to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. ACLS received over 1,000 applications in this cycle, making the program once again the most competitive in ACLS’s portfolio.

“Fellows were chosen for their potential to create new knowledge resulting from investigations and reflections on diverse cultures, texts, and artifacts from across the globe and human history,” said Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “ACLS employs a rigorous multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that humanities scholars themselves select those fellows who exemplify the very best in their fields. The 70 fellows this year represent more than 50 colleges and universities and an array of humanities disciplines, including linguistics, religious studies, architectural history, and geography.”

ACLS Fellowships allow scholars to spend six to twelve months on full-time research and writing. The program is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s college and university Associates, past fellows, and individual friends of ACLS.

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Learn more about Silvers’ ACLS Fellowship project here:

SPICMACAY-UIUC Presents “A Mandolin Concert with Mithun Radhakrishna (Electric Mandolin) and Nanjundamurthy Venkatasubbu (Mridangam)”

SPICMACAY-UIUC chapter is delighted to invite you all to a melodious evening of carnatic music – A Mandolin Concert by Mithun Radhakrishna (Electric Mandolin) and Nanjundamurthy Venkatasubbu (Mridangam).

When:     Saturday, 18th April 2015,     7.00 pm

Where :     Room 104, Illini Union (1401 W Green St, Urbana)                  [Admission is Free]

Facebook event page: 17642106/    <> (Please RSVP)

About the artists:

Mithun Radhakrishna – Electric Mandolin

Mithun has been playing the Mandolin since the age of 10. Inspired and initiated to the instrument by the pioneer of Carnatic mandolin, Mandolin Srinivas, Mithun began performing at the age of 15. He has undergone rigorous training under Vid Sri Prasanna Kumar and renowned violinist Vid Sri TKV Ramanujacharyulu with whom he is still learning. Mithun has performed throughout India and the US under various platforms and also the founding member of the Indian-Jazz band Frets r Black n White in New York City. Currently, he is pursuing his Postdoctoral Research in the Chemical and Biomolecular department at UIUC.

Nanjundamurthy Venkatasubbu – Mridangam

Nanjundamurthy started learning Mridangam at the age of 8, from his father Sri V. Venkatasubbu. He then received advanced training from the renowned late ghatam artist Vidwan Sri K N Krishnamurthy, disciple of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri Palghat T S Mani Iyer. Nanjundamurthy is an ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and has performed in several programmes at All India Radio, Tiruchirapalli over the past 8 years. He received the prestigious CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi) scholarship for Mridangam from Govt. of India and won Best Mridangam Artist Award in several Sabha competitions and concerts in Bangalore. He has accompanied several leading artists across Karnataka and south India. He is an alumnus of Aerospace Engineering from UOFI and works at Caterpillar Inc., Champaign.