Sophie Lewis is a graduate student in musicology. She studies the spread of western classical music, especially opera, in nonwestern contexts with interest in both new compositions and adaptations of existing operas. Her focus is on music's role in the formation and breakup of empire and how technology mediates global music dissemination.
Sophie holds an A.B. in Music and English Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her undergraduate thesis explored the transmission and performance of western opera in South Africa. Prior to beginning graduate studies at Princeton, Sophie worked in arts administration at Carnegie Hall.
Sophie sings with the Princeton University Glee Club and Early Music Princeton. She is also a Resident Graduate Student at Forbes College and a member of the Student Friends of the Princeton University Library.
Sophie has written program notes to accompany concerts and operas for The Glimmerglass Festival, Bard Music Festival, and others. Sample notes are available upon request.
Recognition & Awards
Roy Dickinson Welch Fellowship in Music, Princeton University, 2017-2018
Fellow, Emerging Leaders in the New York Arts, 2016-2017
The W. Caball Greet Prize for Excellence in English Literature, Barnard College, 2015
Phi Beta Kappa, 2015