Melissa J. de Graaf

Title/Position: Assistant Professor, Musicology

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Having my article on the Composers’ Forum documents accepted by Notes, the journal of the Music Library Association

Contributing to Aaron Copland and His World, (Princeton University Press, 2005)

Being published in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-century American Music, (University of Rochester Press, 2006)

Receiving the American Fellowship ($20,000) from the American Association of University Women

Being appointed chair of the Society for American Music’s Interest Group for Research in Gender and American Music

What’s on your iPod?

Feist, Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, Henry Cowell’s Ongaku, and Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Finish the statement, “Music is…”

…passion and pain.  It expresses darkness yet holds darkness at bay.  It can hold humanity together, if we let it.

Career Highlights:

“Melissa de Graaf transcribes an interview between Copland and the music editor of the communist weekly The New Masses [in a post-concert discussion of the New York Composers’ Forum], and situates it in an outstanding introduction.”

—Notes

Melissa de Graaf’s essays on Aaron Copland and Ruth Crawford were recently published in collections edited by Judith Tick, Carol Oja, Ellie Hisama, and Ray Allen.

She is the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including the American Association of University Women American Fellowship. She is currently writing a book about music in the New Deal and the New York Composers’ Forum concerts, 1935–1940, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Melissa de Graaf is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She holds a B.A. degree in Music and English from the University of California, Davis, an M.A. degree in Music and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. degree from Brandeis University.

Short Biography:

Melissa de Graaf is an assistant professor of Musicology at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She holds a B.A. degree in Music and English from the University of California, Davis, an M.A. degree in Music and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. degree from Brandeis University. She is the recipient of a number of awards and grants, including the American Association of University Women American Fellowship. She is currently writing a book about music in the New Deal and the New York Composers’ Forum concerts, 1935–1940, which will be published by Oxford University Press. Melissa de Graaf’s essays on Aaron Copland and Ruth Crawford were recently published in collections edited by Judith Tick, Carol Oja, Ellie Hisama, and Ray Allen.


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