American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Seth Brodsky (2005-06)
Seth Brodsky is Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, and Directory of Graduate Studies, in Department of Music at the University of Chicago. His book From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, 2017), deals extensively with Berlin in 1989, and is a direct outgrowth of work first undertaken during his year as German Chancellor Fellow. He has published on such topics as opera, influence, and the music of John Cage and Benjamin Britten among others, and is currently writing a second book on the subject of repetition, musical, historical, and otherwise. (8/24/17)

Laura Dahl (1992-93)
Pianist Laura Dahl, active as a performer both in the United States and abroad, has played in venues including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Henley Festival (England), Davies Symphony Hall, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Dahl is a member of the music faculty at Stanford University where she teaches collaborative and solo piano, chamber music, art song interpretation, and diction. Internationally in demand as a teacher and coach, Dahl has also served on the faculty of the New National Theatre Young Artists Training Program in Tokyo, Japan. She is the founder and artistic director of the A. Jess Shenson Recital Series at Stanford University, andMusic by the Mountain, a chamber music festival in northern California. Dahl was formerly the Associate Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and Assistant Conductor for Western Opera Theater (San Francisco Opera Center). Dahl was an invited fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center for two years and has held coaching and accompanying positions at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Banff Academy of Singing, the Music Academy of the West, and the University of Michigan Opera Theater. Dahl set a precedent as the first musician to be named a German Chancellor’s Scholar. Her project focused on the study and performance of German Lieder. She worked under the tutelage of pianist Phillip Moll, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and composer Aribert Reimann. (6/26/09)

Reneé Holley (2012-13)
Reneé Gordon Holley is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Philosophy from Truman State University in Missouri and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois. In 2006, she pursued a project on concurrences between German philosophy and music during a year of study at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg while on a Fulbright grant. During her studies at the University of Illinois, Reneé has worked as a graduate assistant at the European Union Center, where she has organized the Center’s first graduate student conference on EU studies. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Reneé will be examining the effects of European Union Cultural Policies and funding on German musical life. Her research will be supervised by Dr. Christian Speck at the Universität Koblenz-Landau, and will be conducted in nearby Bonn, interviewing employees of cultural organizations as well as music makers and listeners, to understand the state of an EU supranational identity vis-à-vis a local and national sense of belonging. In addition to providing the data of her dissertation, the voices of Germany’s musical constituency will inform future politicians’ decisions regarding cultural policies affecting European and German identity and culture. Reneé performs with several choirs in Champaign and hopes to join a choir or two during her year in Germany.

Damon Thomas Lee (2002-03)
Damon is Professor of Music for Film, Theatre, Games and Other Media at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. During his year as a German Chancellor Fellow, he studied Music Composition, Media Music, and Collaboration with Sandeep Bhagwati. Since completing his fellowship, Damon has been Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (ZKM), KlangRaumKrems Minoritenkirche, Krems an der Donau, and the Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz. Recent audiovisual collaborations with artist Lida Abdul have resulted in a number of exhibitions worldwide. Damon continues to write concert works for ensembles, including Germany’s leading new music group, the Ensemble Modern. (09/05/17)

Brian Mathias (2007-08)
Brian finished his undergraduate work in psychology and music performance at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. As a German Chancellor Fellow in Leipzig, Brian will work with the Neurocognition of Music group at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science. His work will focus on the cognitive and neural processes involved in the perception of speech and music. (7/3/07)

Ryan Minor (2000-01)
Ryan Minor is Associate Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies, in the Music Department at SUNY Stony Brook.  His book Choral Fantasies: Music, Festivity, and Nationhood in 19th-Century Germany, stemming from research he did as a German Chancellor Fellow, appeared with Cambridge University Press.  Currently he is co-executive editor of The Opera Quarterly, and is writing a history of German opera and its public. (7/7/17)

Michael O’Toole (2009-10)
Michael earned a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago in 2014, with a dissertation entitled Sonic Citizenship: Music, Migration, and Transnationalism in Berlin’s Turkish and Anatolian Diasporas. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Michael was hosted by the ethnomusicology division of the Berlin Ethnological Museum. His research focused on the role of Turkish German musicians and music institutions in shaping ideas about citizenship, national identity, and religion in Germany since 1989. Michael will return to Berlin in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität. His postdoctoral research will focus on the development and cultural significance of Turkish music education in Berlin. (7/23/15)

Lizz Porter (2004-05)
Lizz Porter spent her year as a German Chancellor Fellow studying horn performance with Ab Koster at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Her project coupled work with the early valveless horn and study of German musical history and culture with the goal of forming a more educated view of early German works and the distinct German performance style. She has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Rice University. She is working on an artist diploma at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, and working as 3./1. Horn with the Luebeck Philharmonic Orchestra. (5/1/06)

Ivan Raykoff (1999-2000)
Ivan is Associate Professor of Music at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the undergraduate division of The New School in New York, where he teaches music and interdisciplinary arts courses. He studied piano performance at the Eastman School of Music and also at the Liszt Academy in Budapest as a Fulbright student in 1989–90. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Ivan did dissertation research in Berlin’s libraries and film archives, exploring the links between German and American popular culture in the early 20th century. In 2002 he received his PhD in Critical Studies and Experimental Practices in Music from the University of California at San Diego. In 2012 he renewed his German Chancellor Fellowship to Berlin to research the history of visual music in the early 20th century, and in 2013 he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor in the University of Vienna’s Department of Musicology. He is the author of Dreams of Love: Playing the Romantic Pianist (2014), a book exploring the image and role of the concert pianist in popular culture, and co-editor of A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (2007). (7/16/15)