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MemberOksana Nesterenko

…iversity, NY, April 12, 2019.

“Off Radio – On Screen: The Impact of the Prague Spring on Music in the USSR,” in a panel series “Prague Spring on Screen” at the 50th Annual…
…Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
American Musicological Society (AMS)…
…           “A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music in the USSR before its Fall (1968-1989)” (dissertation in progress)

My dissertation addresses the 1960s spiritual upsur…
…Stony Brook University
2013 – present    PhD in Music History and Theory (expected in spring 2020)
Dissertation: “A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music
in the USSR before its Fa…
…’Open’ Work One Step further: from John Cage to John Zorn,” Perspectives of New Music, vol. 55, no.2 (Summer 2017)…

My research interests are guided by a broad question of what inspires contemporary composers, in particular, the influence of spiritual or philosophical beliefs on their music and its reception. My current research focus is music during the last two decades of the USSR.

MemberChristopher Campo-Bowen


“Bohemian Rhapsodist: Antonín Dvořák’s Píseň bohatýrská and the Historiography of Czech Music.” 19th Century Music 40 no. 2 (November 2016): 159–81….

Christopher Campo-Bowen is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Music at the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science. He completed his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a B.A. in Music with honors in conducting from Stanford University and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He is also active as a viola player, singer, conductor, and translator. Christopher’s research focuses on music in the Habsburg Monarchy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially on the relationships between music, ethnicity, gender, and empire. He is particularly interested in the music of the composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček and how conceptions of ruralness in Czech opera structured notions of subjectivity and identity. His current project investigates the institutional and imperial relationships between Prague and Vienna in the context of operatic performance and exhibition culture. He has published articles in the journals Nineteenth-Century Music and Cambridge Opera Journal and presented at various national and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Council for European Studies annual conference, the North American Conference on Nineteenth Century Music, and the Branding “Western Music” conference hosted at the Universität Bern. Christopher received a Fulbright grant for the Czech Republic to perform dissertation research; he has also held a Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship from the American Musicological Society and was the recipient of a Council for European Studies Mellon Dissertation Completion Grant.

MemberAnna Zofia Gąsienica Byrcyn

…scu and Anca Giurchescu, ed. Manele in Romania.  Cultural Expression and Meaning in Balkan Popular Music. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefiled, 2016. Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 62. no…

Anna Zofia Gąsienica Byrcyn is a literary translator and a lecturer. She is interested in modern & ancient languages, literature, translation, art, photography, film, myths in literary texts, folklore, language acquisition & pedagogy, the Tatra Mountains in Polish literature, art, and music.

MemberAla Creciun

Ala is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Russian History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examines the nationalization of the Russian monarchy under Alexander III (1881-1894) and its far-reaching social, economic, and political implications. She holds an MA in Comparative History from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, awarded in 2013. Ala received her BA in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria in 2011. At the University of Maryland, she designed and taught during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 her research methods course “Russian History in Art, Music, Literature, and Film.”  During Spring 2017, Ala also underwent a curatorial internship at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington DC, which holds the largest collection of Russian art in the West.  In January 2018, Ala was selected as a Cosmos Scholar by the Cosmos Club Foundation of Washington, DC.

MemberJoshua Bedford

…Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

American Musicological Society…
…PhD in progress, Musicology, University of Georgia

MA, Musicology, University of Georgia

BMEd, Music Education, Indiana State University…

PhD Candidate in Musicology at the University of Georgia, studying Soviet opera and ballet, socialist realism and big Soviet style, and the early Stalinist period of the 1930s.  Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia.