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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.



2017

Sam Doucas

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

2016

Samantha Skaller

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

2015

Carolyn Goldstein

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

2014

Breanna Caires

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

2013

Alex Lamport

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

2012

Anthony Beattie (co-winner)

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

2012

Aaron Pelc (co-winner)

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

2011

Evan Wichman

Project-Based Learning in the Music History Classroom

2010

Samantha Madonna

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

2009

Alec Sim

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

2008

Tiffany Newhill-Leahy

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

2007

Steven Kendrat

Lament Tradition and Conventions in Orontea