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Abraham Veinus Prize

The Veinus prize is awarded annually to the best undergraduate student paper in music history & cultures. The award is named for Professor Abraham Veinus (1916-2002), who was one of the first faculty to join the Department of Art and Music Histories (at the time, Department of Fine Arts) in 1948, shortly after its founding. A musicologist by training, Veinus wrote an important monograph, The Concerto (1944), and collaborated closely with his colleague William Fleming on the landmark textbook Understanding Music (1958). Embracing the department’s interdisciplinary breadth, later in life Veinus also became an accomplished painter, with his works receiving an exhibition at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in 1973.


Jacob Michael O'Shea

The Identities of Otello: Staging Practices in a Post-Blackface World


Sam Doucas

'A New Face Hell': Pavement, The Fall, and the Nadir of Indie Rock


Samantha Skaller

Aristocratic abuse in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni


Carolyn Goldstein

Performance: The Fire that Ignited the Development of the Late Baroque Violin


Breanna Caires

The Raunchy Music of Cowboys: Exploring Sex's Role in a "Wholesome" Genre


Alex Lamport

Rap and Rave: The Collision of Hip-Hop and House Music


Anthony Beattie (co-winner)

Discerning Landscape and Soundscape in Charles Ives' Orchestral Music: A Look at the Dichotomies Created by his Compositional Style


Aaron Pelc (co-winner)

The Ainu of Japan: Ethnic Tourism, Music, and Negotiating Identities


Evan Wichman

Project-Based Learning in the Music History Classroom


Samantha Madonna

The Violin as a Symbol of Death in Mahler's Symphonies


Alec Sim

Lace to the Top: The Role of Corsets in Music Videos


Tiffany Newhill-Leahy

Composition and Copyright: Girl Talk's Feed the Animals and the History of the Mashup


Steven Kendrat

Lament Tradition and Conventions in Orontea