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Joy H. Calico

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology

Joy H. Calico is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology and Professor of German Studies. Her scholarship focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Cold War cultural politics, Schoenberg, and opera since 1900. She is the author of two monographs, Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe (California, 2014) and Brecht at the Opera (California, 2008; forthcoming in paperback in 2019), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her Schoenberg book received the 2015 Award for an Exceptional Book in Jewish Studies and Music as well as honorable mention for the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies; it will be published in Italian translation in 2020. Her current book project is titled Opera Since Salome.

Recent articles include studies of Saariaho’s writing for voice in L’amour de loin for Contemporary Music Review, Schoenberg and noise in the Journal of Austrian Studies, Olga Neuwirth’s opera Lost Highway for Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, and an XQuery analysis of music in avant-garde periodicals for the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. Recent book chapters include a piece on Helmut Lachenmann’s opera Mӓdchen mit den Schwefelhōlzern for the collection Art and Resistance in Germany (Bloomsbury) and a chapter about Hanns Eisler’s use of Goethe’s Faust in the GDR for The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music

Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Sacher Stiftung, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Berlin, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the DAAD, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 she received the Blair Faculty Excellence Award.  She is currently a member of two VU-funded research clusters (TIPS): Digital Cultural Heritage and GlobalVU Initiative. In 2019-20 she is co-organizer of two workshops associated with these TIPS groups: a Music Encoding Workshop in October 2019, and a workshop on Classical Music in the Global Market in February 2020.

She was cofounder and coordinator of the Music and Sound Studies Network of the German Studies Association (GSA) and served on the GSA Executive Board 2013-16, during which time she was also Director of Vanderbilt's Max Kade Center for European and German Studies. She is currently outgoing editor in chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (JAMS), and will serve as Director-at-Large on that society’s board for the term 2019-2021. In winter 2019 she was Gerstein Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.