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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.



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

                        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