SHASS Research Fund Awards 2015
Five out of the twelve 2015 SHASS Research Fund awards were awarded to members of the MIT Music and Theater Arts faculty. The SHASS Research Fund supports MIT research in the humanities, arts, or social sciences that shows promise of making an important contribution to the proposed area of activity.
Congratulations to all the recipients:
Michael Cuthbert, Homer Burnell Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Music - To support the completion of the Electronic Medieval Musical Score Archive Project, which encodes the entire repertory of polyphonic music from 1300–1420 into computer-searchable formats.
Frederick Harris Jr., Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles - Support for the production of a documentary film on the life of contemporary conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, entitled Through Music I Commune With the Universe: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, A Life in Music.
Anna Kohler, Senior Lecturer, in Theater Arts - To support the conversion of seminal theater performances from the past thirty-five years, currently on deteriorating videotape, to digital formats. The digital archive will then be available as a resource for MIT students and faculty.
Elena Ruehr, Lecturer in Music - Support for the final production and release of a CD of six new original works for violin, viola, cello, and piano. These pieces — including "Lift," a composition for solo cello dedicated to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Malala Yousafzai — were written over the past seventeen years at MIT.
Jay Scheib, Director of Theater Arts - Support for the development of a new interdisciplinary performance project, which uses the Eighteenth Century Sturm und Drang movement as a point of departure to remix Goethe’s classic bildungsroman of unrequited love, The Sorrows of Young Werther.