French-American Bridge for Medieval Musical Iconography

Announcing the Student Participants in FAB-Musiconis 2019


Fifteen graduate students from Columbia University and Sorbonne University will participate in two-week workshops in Paris in January 2019 and in New York in April 2019.

Elliot Adam is a third-year PhD student in Art History and Archeology at Sorbonne University. His dissertation, conducted under supervision of Philippe Lorentz, is funded by a three-years doctoral contract that includes teaching Medieval Art History to undergraduate students. His research is concerned with the practice of grisaille in panel paintings, illuminated manuscripts and stained glass produced in or imported into France between 1380 and 1530. Adam holds an MRes in Art History and Archeology from Sorbonne University and graduated from the Ecole du Louvre. He has worked with Les Enluminures and has held an internship at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Raffaella Bortolini is a third-year PhD student in musicology at Sorbonne University. She has a Master of Arts in medieval music performance (shawm) from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and a Master of Music in historically informed performance (with a specialization in baroque oboe) from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg im Breisgau. Bortolini is the artistic director of Ensemble Seraphim, which specializes in medieval instrumental music.

Olivia Clemens is a fourth- year PhD student in Columbia University’s Art History department, where she focuses on Islamic and Western medieval luxury objects, and the history of their reception, collecting, and display. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Olivia worked as a Research Assistant in the Art of the Middle East department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, contributing research to LACMA’s Damascus Room project and the international loan exhibition “Beauty and Identity.” She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a BA in Art History, and holds an MA and MPhil from Columbia University.

Mike Ford is a third-year PhD student in Historical Musicology at Columbia University, where he studies improvisation in non-musical settings. He has an MA in Musicology from Rutgers University, with a thesis on the digitally-enabled borrowing of Renaissance material in two contemporary compositions; and a BMus in Performing Arts (Orchestral Conducting) from the University of Pretoria. This is his second year participating in the Musiconis project.

Virginia Girard is a first-year PhD student in Columbia’s Art History department studying the intersections of art and science in early modern Europe and North America. Virginia completed her M.A. with distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her B.A. (summa cum laude) at Cornell University. At Cornell, she participated in the Watermarks in Rembrandt Etchings project, which seeks to develop and expand a computer-assisted decision tree for classifying watermarks based on the work of the Rijksmuseum’s Erik Hinterding.

Justin Gregg is a first-year PhD student in Historical Musicology at Columbia University. He holds degrees from Georgetown University (B.S., Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Hartford (M.Mus). His research interests include musical borrowing, text setting, and intersections between music and the visual arts. Outside of his studies, he has participated in multiple groups that read and perform medieval and renaissance music from original notation.

Emma Hitchcock is a first-year PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the the interplay of poetics, technologies of communication, and cognitive theory in medieval England. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

Whitney Kite is a first-year PhD student in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, where she studies the architecture of medieval Armenia. Prior to attending Columbia, Whitney earned an MA in art history from Tufts University and was an intern in the department of European Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. From 2014-2016, she was a post-baccalaureate research fellow in malaria genetics at the National Institutes of Health. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, with minors in art history and music.

Lucía Martín-Maestro Verbo is a first-year MA student in Performance of Medieval Music at Sorbonne University. She is qualified in early music vocal performance and musicology by the Real Conservatorio Superior de Music de Madrid. Verbo has a Master in Arts, Literature and Culture, and a Master in Music Education, both from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a Graduate Diploma in Ibero-American Musical Heritage from the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Madrid, Spain). Her research focuses on the performance of medieval music in the Iberian Peninsula, which led her to create her own medieval music project, Egeria.

Florentin Morel is a first-year PhD student in musicology and digital humanities at Sorbonne University. His research focuses on the evolution of practice and organology of percussion instruments. He holds a Bachelor and a MA in Music and Musicology from Sorbonne University. His interests include music history and world music. He is also involved in the indexing work of the Musiconis database. Morel is a percussionist and composer who has collaborated with several choreographers. including a dancer and choreographer from the Paris Opera. He participated in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 sessions of the FAB Musiconis project.

Valérie Nunes – Le Page is a second-year MA student in musicology at Sorbonne University specializing in the performance practice of medieval music in the professional studies program. She is a certified teacher in a conservatory, a singer, and a choirmaster. Her research focuses on rhythmic changes in the French treatises of the late 13th century and the early 14th century. She participated in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 sessions of the FAB Musiconis project.

Aline Poirier teaches flute and Baroque flute at the Regional Conservatory in Rouen and the Departmental Conservatoire in Dieppe. She holds qualifications from the University of Rouen in Musicology, English, and Economics, as well as various teaching diplomas. She regularly performs in diverse ensembles, including modern, baroque, Renaissance and medieval music ensembles. Her interests include the connections between Medieval and Asian flute practices, as well as their circulation across the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages. She is a doctoral student at Sorbonne University.

Jenna Schoen is a fifth- year PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Romance Across Medieval Literature,” examines the effect of popular romance on vernacular religious texts in 14th century England. She holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University, as well as an M.A. and M.Phil. in English from Columbia University.

Audrey Taieb is a second-year MA student in the UFR of Music and Musicology at Sorbonne University. Last year, under the supervision of Katarina Livljanić, she carried out research on the dangers of the jubilus in Christian liturgy from the third to the thirteenth century.  At the same time, she worked at France Musique (Radio France). In addition, she was an intern at the press and communication department of the French Consulate in Shanghai. Currently, she is also pursuing an MA in Chinese and International Relations at Inalco (Paris).

Anya Wilkening is a first-year PhD student in Historical Musicology at Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude, violin performance and music history) and a Master of Music (violin performance) from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Her research interests include medieval vernacular and pious song, religious drama, and gender in music.

The senior project members in Paris and at Columbia remain the same as in 2016-18.

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