Sophie Brady Graduate Student: Musicology

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. 

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2021-22

Multi-Country Research Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, 2021-22

M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Fund for Research in France and Jan LaRue Travel Fund for European Research, American Musicological Society, 2021-22

Research Grant, Association of Recorded Sound Collections, 2021-22

Chateaubriand Fellowship of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States, 2021

Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize, Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, 2021

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.


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