University of Virginia
Critical and Comparative Studies in
Type of Program and Degrees Offered
The Doctorate in ethnomusicology/musicology in the McIntire
Department of Music is within the Critical and Comparative Studies in Music
program. Students may focus in ethnomusicological topics and methods, but
through their course work are exposed to a wide range of approaches to music
and performance studies. Ph.D. degrees are offered in this program. The
undergraduate degree is in Music (which includes exposure to Critical and
Comparative Studies as well as to the Composition and Computer Technologies in
the music program).
This program encourages students to develop
interdisciplinary perspectives on music and musical culture. Seminars and
independent projects examine diverse musical traditions along with the research
techniques of musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, and popular
music studies. Working closely with faculty mentors, students approach their
own research interests with a combination of the most appropriate methods from
these and related fields such as performance studies, feminist and queer
studies, aesthetics, religious studies, and critical theory. Students currently
in the program are writing on a range of modern and historical, "popular” and
"classical,” American, European, and non-Western topics, and have been well represented
in national and international conferences.
African Music and Dance Ensemble,
Klezmer Ensemble, Virginia Center for Computer Music, Ethnomusicology-focused
Graduate Student Research Group. Instruction available in many musical genres
and tradition including jazz and bluegrass. Students are encouraged to
affiliate and take courses in departments related to their research interests.
Ph.D. qualifying exams are designed by students on three broad topic areas of
Full-Time Faculty in Ethnomusicology
Michelle Kisliuk. Ph.D. New York University (1991);
Associate Professor; Music (with affiliations in Anthropology, The Woodson
Institute for African and African American Studies, Dance, and Jewish Studies).
Research Interests: Ethnographic writing/poetics, performance theory, the
integration of theory and practice, dance, African studies, Central Africa
(CAR) and West Africa (Ghana/Togo), bluegrass, ensemble dynamics, aesthetics,
traditional and experimental performance, African Jews.
Joel Rubin. Ph.D. City University of London (2001);
Assistant Professor, Music and Director of Music Performance. Research
interests: Jewish instrumental klezmer music, the cultural and musical milieu
of Eastern European Jewish immigrant wedding instrumentalists in New York in
the early 20th century. Further research interests include: music and trauma;
music and professionalism; music and diaspora; music and identity; music and
religion; folk music revivals; musical hybridity; hasidic music; American
Jewish popular music; Jewish musical traditions of the Middle East and beyond;
and art and urban popular traditions of the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle
A third ethnomusicology (replacement) hire is in process.
Ted Coffey. Ph.D. Princeton University. Assistant Professor.
Research interests: Acoustic, electronic and mixed composition; experimental
aesthetics; interactive technologies; installation; sound design; popular
music; art & activism.
Scott DeVeaux. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.
Associate Professor, Music. Specializes in jazz and American music, with
secondary interests in ethnomusicology (Africa), popular music, and music and
Bonnie Gordon. Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania. Associate
Professor, Music. Early Modern Italy, Gender and Sexuality, History of Science,
Monteverdi, Castrati. The affective potential of the human voice. She uses
vocal music written for sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian singers to
illuminate our understanding of the music, science, and culture of that period.
She has explored similar issues in articles about contemporary
singer-songwriters Kate Bush and Tori Amos.
Bruce Holsinger. Ph.D. Columbia University (Comparative
Lit). Professor of Music and English. Research interests: musical and literary
relations in the European Middle Ages, with particular interests in liturgical
studies, the history of sexuality, and the premodern roots of modern critical
Fred Maus. Ph.D. Princeton University. Associate Professor,
Music. Theory and analysis, gender and sexuality, popular music, aesthetics,
dramatic and narrative aspects of instrumental music.
Richard Will. Ph.D. Cornell University. Associate Professor
of Music. Specializes in European music of the 18th and early 19th centuries,
as well as American folk and roots music. Current projects include Mozart
Live: Performance, Media, and Meaning, an examination of Mozart performance
in the 20th century, and studies in the ideology of folk music collecting and
General Program Statement
Critical and Comparative Studies
This program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary perspectives on
music and musical culture. Seminars and independent projects examine diverse
musical traditions along with the research techniques of musicology,
ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, and popular music studies. Working
closely with faculty mentors, students approach their own research interests
with a combination of the most appropriate methods from these and related
fields such as performance studies, feminist and queer studies, aesthetics,
religious studies, and critical theory. Students currently in the program are
writing on a range of modern and historical, "popular” and "classical,”
American, European, and non-Western topics, and have been well represented in
national and international conferences.
Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellowships were established in
2001 through private donations to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the
College Foundation. Candidates demonstrating exceptional potential as scholars
and possessing a willingness to share their passion with a broad audience are
nominated by departments and selected based on a national competition conducted
in Charlottesville each February. Usually an incoming Critical and Comparative
Studies Ph.D. student is awarded a Jefferson Fellowship every other year.
Graduate School Fellowships are awarded on a merit basis to students in all
Ph.D.-granting departments at the University. Nominations are made to the Dean
of the Graduate School. Usually two or three incoming students in Critical and
Comparative Studies in Music are awarded Graduate School Fellowships.
Mellon Fellowships are available to students of the humanities at all U.S.
universities. Applicants in Critical and Comparative Studies are encouraged to
Fred E. Maus, Director of Graduate Studies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Kisliuk, Associate
Professor. Email: email@example.com
Ethnomusicology Student Group
Maria Guarino, graduate student ethnomusicology group chair.
McIntire Department of Music: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/
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