Dr. Lisa Colton directs the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI) at the University of Huddersfield. Her reserch focuses on intersections between Western music, gender and sexuality within diverse chronological contexts, from medieval motets to the songs of Lady Gaga. She is currently working on Angel Voices: Medieval English Music History (Ashgate), and is co-editing two volumes stemming from MuGI conferences activities: Gender, Age and Musical Creativity, with Catherine Haworth (Ashgate 2015), and Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Before 1600, with Tim Shephard. Her work has appeared in Music and Letters, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Contemporary Music Review, Early Music and Plainsong and Medieval Music. Future plans include research relating to medievalism in the music of British composer Margaret Lucy Wilkins.
Mary Ann Smart is Gladyce Arata Terrill Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on social dimensions of opera in nineteenth-century Europe. Her publications include (ed.) Siren Songs: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Opera (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000) and Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004). Smart’s current projects are the book Risorgimento Fantasies: Opera and Politics in Italy to 1848 (forthcoming 2011) and a study of the audio-visual politics of operatic staging over the past 30 years.
Laura Tunbridge is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Manchester. She read music at Oxford, and in 2002 gained a PhD from Princeton, with a dissertation on Robert Schumann’s music for Byron’s Manfred and the Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust. In 2007 Cambridge University Press published Tunbridge’s book Schumann’s late style; her Cambridge Introduction to the Song Cycle is currently in press. She is particularly interested in gender issues related to the lied.
Sarah Weiss is an ethnomusicologist in the Department of Music at Yale working primarily in Asian performing arts. She has addressed issues of gender, aesthetics, postcoloniality, and hybridity in both her writing and teaching. Her book, Listening to an Earlier Java: Aesthetics, Gender and the Music of Wayang in Central Java, was published in 2006 by KITLV Press in Leiden. Weiss is now working on a comparativea study of women as performers in five world religions entitled Ritual Soundings: Women, Religion and Music.