The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field. American music is interpreted in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including, but not limited to art and popular musics, the musics of ethnic groups and minorities, and the full range of activities associated with music. “America” is understood here to embrace North America (Canada, The United States, and Mexico), including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures elsewhere in the world.
The Award carries with it a monetary prize as well as a citation that will be presented at the national conference each spring.
The dissertation must be in English, and must be for a degree awarded in calendar year 2018. Authors who entered the competition in a previous year may not enter again.
DMA and other terminal degree documents will be considered as long as the entire piece of scholarship is included in a written document (i.e., musical compositions or other materials will not be considered).
In addition to the application form, the following materials are required in PDF format, naming the files as indicated starting with your last name:
- The title page and abstract of your dissertation (YOURLASTNAME_Abstract.pdf)
- The table of contents (YOURLASTNAME_TableofContents.pdf)
- Preface or Introduction (YOURLASTNAME_Introduction.pdf)
- One sample chapter (YOURLASTNAME_Chapter.pdf)
Note: If any of your files is larger than 15MB, please send the file using www.hightail.com and notify the Housewright committee chair. Any deviation from these instructions will complicate the committee’s decision process.
Please do not mail the complete dissertation at this time.
||Kirsten Carither, “The Work of Indeterminacy: Interpretative Labor in Experimental Music” (Northwestern University)
||Frederick J. Schenker, “Empire of Syncopation: Music, Race, and Labor in Colonial Asia’s Jazz Age” (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
||Darren Mueller, “At the Vanguard of Vinyl: A Cultural History of the
Long-Playing Record in Jazz” (Duke University)
Honorable mention: Jesse P. Karlsberg, “Folklore’s Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing” (Emory University)
||Christopher J. Wells, “ ‘Go Harlem’! Chick Webb and his Dancing Audience during the Great Depression” (University of North Carolina)
||R. Daniel Blim, “Patchwork Nation: Collage, Music and American Identity”
(University of Michigan)
||Glenda Goodman, “American Identities in an Atlantic Musical World: Transhistorical Case Studies” (Harvard University)
||Sheryl Kaskowitz, “As We Raise Our Voices: A Social History and Ethnography of ‘God Bless America,’ 1918–2010” (Harvard University)
||Nathan Platte, “Musical Collaboration in the Films of David O. Selznick, 1932–1957” (University of Michigan)
||Katherine Leigh Axtell, “Maiden Voyage: The Genesis and Reception of Show Boat, 1926–1932” (University of Rochester)
||Jonathan Greenberg, “Singing Up Close: Voice, Language, and Race in American Popular Music, 1925–1935” (UCLA)
||Ayden Adler, “Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music”: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, 1930–1950 (Eastman School of Music)
||Drew Davies, “The Italianized Frontier: Music at Durango Cathedral, Espanol Culture, and Aesthetics of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century New Spain” (University of Chicago)
||Jeremy Grimshaw, “Music of a ‘More Exalted Sphere’: Compositional Practice, Biography, and Cosmology in the Music of La Monte Young” (Eastman School of Music)
||Charles Hiroshi Garrett, “Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music in the Twentieth Century” (UCLA)
||Mark J. Butler, “Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music” (Indiana University)
||Mark Clague, “Chicago Counterpoint: The Auditorium” (University of Chicago)
||Elyse Carter Vosen, “Seventh-Fire Children: Gender, Embodiment, and Musical Performances of Decolonization by Anishinaabe Youth” (University of Pennsylvania)
||Sandra J. Graham, “The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Concert Spiritual: the Beginnings of an American Tradition” (New York University)
||Amy C. Beal, “Patronage and Reception History of American Experimental Music in West Germany, 1945–1986” (University of Michigan)
||David Ake, “Being Jazz: Identities and Images” (UCLA)
||Jennifer L. DeLapp, “Copland in the Fifties: Music and Ideology in the McCarthy Era” (University of Michigan)
||David Patterson, “Appraising the Catchwords, c. 1942–1959: John Cage’s Asian- Derived Rhetoric and the Historic Reference of Black Mountain College” (Columbia University)