My Work Focuses on: 
Chinese and Western music theories in the seventeenth century
My Other Interests Include: 
Film music, protest music, and text-music relationship.

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More about Sheryl Man-Ying Chow

Sheryl Chow is a doctoral candidate in musicology at Princeton University. She received her MPhil in Musicology in 2012 from The University of Hong Kong, with a thesis on the relationship between speech tones and melody in Cantopop. In an edited volume entitled Of Essence and Context (Springer, 2019), she published a chapter on the re-essentialization of microtonal tuning in twenty-first-century traditional Chinese music. Her dissertation project, which concerns the transmission of European music theory to China in the seventeenth century, is supported by the Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies (Taiwan) and the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship. A chapter of her dissertation is published as a journal article in Early Music History. She has also written a book chapter on the music of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Protest Music.

Recognition & Awards

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2019)

Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies (Taiwan, 2019)

The Frank E. Taplin, Class of 1937, Fellowship in Music, Princeton University (2013/14)

Publications

Journal Articles

“A Localised Boundary Object: Seventeenth-Century Western Music Theory in China,” Early Music History, vol. 39 (2020): 75–113

Book Chapters

“An Intertextual Public Sphere: Protest Songs of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in Cyberspace,” in The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Conference Papers

“Remaking Music Theory: Seventeenth-Century Speculative Music in China,” The Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Rochester 2017 (also presented at CHIME 2018 and CUHK 2018)

“A Musical Public Sphere: Hong Kong Protest Music in Cyberspace,” The Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Denver 2017

“The Changing View on Tuning and Temperament as Essence of Chinese Traditional Music in the 21st Century,” Essence and Context: A Conference Between Music and Philosophy, Vilnius, September 2016

“Gauwu (Shopping) Every Day” and the Violation of Urban Spatial Order in the Hong Kong ‘Shopping’ Protest,” The Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Austin 2015