Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award
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" is understood here to embrace all of North America, including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures elsewhere in the world.
Dissertations from American Studies, American history, and other fields beyond theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology are welcome as long as the primary focus of the work is a musical topic.
This award consists of a plaque and cash award presented at the National Conference in the Spring.
Past Winners of the Housewright Dissertation Award
|2011||Sheryl Kaskowitz, “As We Raise Our Voices: A Social History and Ethnography of ‘God Bless America,’ 1918-2010” (Harvard University)|
|2010||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)
|2008||Jonathan Greenberg, "Singing Up Close: Voice, Language, and Race in American Popular Music, 1925–1935" (UCLA)|
|2007||Ayden Adler, "Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music": Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, 1930-1950." (Eastman School of Music)|
|2006||Drew Davies, "The Italianized Frontier: Music at Durango Cathedral, Español Culture, and Aesthetics of Devotion in Eighteenth-Century New Spain" (University of Chicago)|
|2005||Jeremy Grimshaw, "Music of a 'More Exalted Sphere': Compositional Practice, Biography, and Cosmology in the Music of La Monte Young" (Eastman School of Music)|
|2004||Charles Hiroshi Garrett, "Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music in the Twentieth Century" (UCLA)|
|2003||Mark J. Butler, "Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music" (Indiana University)|
|2002||Mark Clague, "Chicago Counterpoint: The Auditorium" (University of Chicago)|
|2001||Elyse Carter Vosen, "Seventh-Fire Children: Gender, Embodiment, and Musical Performances of Decolonization by Anishinaabe Youth" (University of Pennsylvania)|
|2000||Sandra J. Graham, "The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Concert Spiritual: the Beginnings of an American Tradition" (New York University)|
|1999||Amy C. Beal, "Patronage and Reception History of American Experimental Music in West Germany, 1945-1986" (University of Michigan)|
|1998||David Ake, "Being Jazz: Identities and Images" (UCLA)|
|1997||Jennifer L. DeLapp, "Copland in the Fifties: Music and Ideology in the McCarthy Era" (University of Michigan)|
|1996||David Patterson, "Appraising the Catchwords, c. 1942-1959: John Cage's Asian- Derived Rhetoric and the Historic Reference of Black Mountain College" (Columbia University)|