Assistant Professor of Musicology
Location: FA 367A
Jennifer Ronyak comes to the University of Texas at Arlington from the University of Alberta, where she was an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow. She completed her Ph.D. in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in 2010. Her book in progress, Singing the Self: Lied Performance and the Problem of Intimate Expression around 1800, develops a historical performance studies approach for German art song that calls into question the primarily inward nature of many Lieder and draws attention to the limitations of analogous German philosophies of the inner self of the period. She has published work on Lied performance in 19th-Century Music and the proceedings of the conference Gender and Music: Dichotonies and is currently preparing invited submissions for publication on the reception of Beethoven’s song Adelaide and Anna-Milder Hauptmann as a singer of Lieder.
In 2011, Ronyak was the inaugural winner of the Thomas Hampson Award for work on classical song from the American Musicological Society to support her book project, alongside being offered grants from the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbestiz and the DAAD for research in Berlin. She was recently awarded the Alfred Mann Dissertation Award from the Eastman School of Music, and has previously received support from the American Association of University Women and an earlier grant from the DAAD. Beyond song and all things German, her research and teaching interests include opera, choral music, music and text, musical aesthetics, American art music, and topics in popular music. When she is not busy in the karate dojo, she enjoys performing at the piano from time to time, especially in works for voice and piano or for percussion ensemble.