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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, and in spring 2019 she is the Gerstein Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Anne Tannenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. Her scholarship focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Cold War cultural politics, Schoenberg, and opera. 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), 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, and California will release Brecht at the Opera in paperback in 2019. She is currently working on a book project titled Opera Since Salome.

Among her 2018 publications are articles about Schoenberg and noise in the Journal of Austrian Studies, and Olga Neuwirth’s opera Lost Highway for Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, as well as a chapter on the politics of Helmut Lachenmann’s opera Mӓdchen mit den Schwefelhōlzern for the collection Art and Resistance in Germany(Bloomsbury). Forthcoming publications include an article about Kaija Saariaho’s Lamour de loin in Contemporary Music Review, a chapter about Hanns Eisler for The Oxford Handbook of Faust in Music, and an XQuery analysis of music in avant-garde periodicals for the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies

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 part of an internally funded research cluster (TIPS) on Digital Cultural Heritage.

She was co-founder 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 editor in chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.