My Work Focuses on: 
the intersection of music, globalization, and technology in twentieth-century African and European musical production and consumption
My Other Interests Include: 
music and decolonization; music and digital culture; the history of science and technology; media studies; popular music studies


More about Sophie Brady

My dissertation examines the history of the musical avant-garde in France and Francophone West Africa in the second half of the twentieth century, focusing on experimentation at radio stations and the philosophical ideas that shaped this musical production and exchange.

At Princeton, I have taught undergraduate courses on American music and recording technology (AMS 399 for Professor Emily Thompson) and Western symphonic repertoire (MUS 225 for Professor Ruth Ochs). 

An alto in the Princeton University Glee Club and Early Music Princeton, I am also a Resident Graduate Student at Forbes College, a Graduate Writing Center Fellow, and a member of the Student Friends of the Princeton University Library. 

I have written program notes to accompany concerts and operas for The Glimmerglass Festival, Bard Music Festival, Princeton University Concerts, and others. Sample notes are available upon request. 

Recognition & Awards

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, West African Research Association, 2020

Annual Meeting Travel Award, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2019

Roy Dickinson Welch Fellowship in Music, Princeton University, 2017-2018

Emerging Leader in the New York Arts, 2016-2017

The W. Caball Greet Prize for Excellence in English Literature, Barnard College, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa, 2015 


“Review: International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP).” Journal of the American Musicological Society 72, No. 3 (December 2019): 920-935.