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Lowens Award for Student Research

In 1987 the Capital Chapter created an annual prize for outstanding student research in the field of historical musicology. Called the Irving Lowens Award for Student Research, the prize was established by Margery Lowens in memory of her husband Irving Lowens, music critic, bibliographer and music historian. The award is determined by competition: finalists present their research in the form of a paper before the chapter at the spring meeting. The winner receives a cash award of $250. The chapter encourages all eligible students to enter.

Applicants must be:

  1. Students at any college or university within the Capital Chapter region (the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia).

  2. Student members of the AMS Capital Chapter. For membership information see

  3. Student members of the National AMS. For member ship information see

Entrants are asked to supply the following:

  1. A typed abstract, not exceeding 250 words, that gives the title of the paper, describes the project, and states its conclusions. Include the following additional information: applicant name, school, home address, telephone number, and e-mail address. E-mail attachments are preferred.

  2. A letter from a faculty member who has read the student's paper. This is not a recommendation but simply a letter vouching for the existence of the student's paper and confirming the applicant's good standing as a student. This may be sent via e-mail.

  3. Abstracts and letters of sponsorship should be sent to Anna Celenza via email attachment ( or regular mail: (558 West Universtity Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21210) by the 15 March 2007.

Recent Lowens Award Winners

Emily Robertson (Undergraduate student, The George Washington University) "Missa Jouyssance vous donneray: An Unknown 16th-Century Mass"

Bryan Wright (Undergraduate student, The College of William and Mary) "Makin' Glory: 'Cile Turner's Contribution to the Preservation and Development of African-American Traditional Music."

Stephanie Poxon (Graduate student, The Catholic University of America)
"'His Child . . . Must Not Been Born': Revising Erika in Samuel Barber's Vanessa"

Mary Simonson (Graduate student, University of Virginia)
"Reinterpreting Female Body
and 'Voice' in Auber's La Muette de Portici"

Richard Reed, Jr (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"British Library, MS Harley 2951: Re-examining Our Understanding of Hymn Cycles"

Jarl Hulbert (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"A Forgotten Masterpiece: The Historical Significance of Hummel's Septet, Op. 74"

Chadwick Jenkins (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"Tonal and Structural Designs in the Father-Daughter Duets of Verdi's Rigoletto."

Bliss Little (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"Folk Elements in the Music of Manolis Kalomiris and Yannis Constantinidis: Towards a Definition of Greek National Identity."

April Nash Greenan (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"The Instrumental Eingang in the Classical Era."

Daniel Abraham (Graduate student, University of Maryland College Park)
"The Eighteenth-Century Pleasure Gardens of London: Summer Entertainment and the Mixing of the Classes"

Peter Schmelz (Undergraduate student, George Washington University)
"`Public' and `Private' Signifiers in the String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich"






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