Dr Michelle Meinhart

Professorial Staff - Academic Studies


Tel: +44 (0)2083054396

Email: M.Meinhart@trinitylaban.ac.uk

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Michelle joined the Faculty of Music at Trinity Laban in 2017 where she teaches on a variety of modules related to music history and culture. She was formerly a Fulbright Scholar at Durham University and taught previously at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Xavier University, and Martin Methodist College. Michelle holds a PhD and MMus in musicology from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a BMUS in piano performance from Eastern Illinois University. In the US, Michelle also worked as a professional pianist and piano teacher.

Michelle’s research focuses on music, memory, and trauma in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. Currently she is completing a monograph titled Music, Healing, and Memory in the English Country House, 1914-1919 (planned for Oxford University Press, 2019) and is doing further work on the relation of music and trauma in cultures of care giving in Britain during the First World War. In addition to Fulbright, her research has been funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Association of University Women, Music and Letters  Trust, English Speaking Union, and Presser Foundation. In 2014, she was a fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities research institute, “World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche.” Her work has been published in The Journal of Musicological Research, The Journal for the Society of Musicology in Ireland, and various edited collections. In 2017 at Durham, she organized two conferences: “A ‘Great Divide’ or a Longer Nineteenth Century? Music, Britain, and the First World War” and “Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century,” from which she is deriving two edited volumes, the former which is planned Routledge in 2019. Presently, she is also co-editing a special issue on music and trauma for Nineteenth-Century Music Review, planned for publication in 2020. She has presented her work at and organised panels for conferences throughout Europe and North America, including the Royal Musical Association and the American Musicological Society. She is also the secretary for the North American British Music Studies Association and was the programme committee chair for its 2018 conference. She also serves on Fulbright reading and interview panels.

Qualifications/ Educational Background

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

Ph.D., Musicology, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2013)

MMus, Music History, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2003)

BMus, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Eastern Illinois University (2000)

Fellowships, Awards, and Research Funding

Fulbright Scholar Award, Durham University (2016-17)

American Musicological Society Membership and Development Travel Grant (2018, 2016)         

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Grant (2015)

Music and Letters Trust Award (2015)

American Association of University Women Publication Grant (2014-5)

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellow:

            “World War I and the Arts: Sound, Vision, Psyche” (2014)                              

English Speaking Union Travel Grant Winner (2013)

North American Victorian Studies Association Graduate Student Travel Grant (2008)

UK Women’s History Network Postgraduate Bursary (2008)      

University Research Council Graduate Summer Fellowship, University of Cincinnati (2008) 

Presser Award Winner (2007)  

College-Conservatory of Music Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year (2005)  

University of Cincinnati Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist (2005)


Refereed Journal Articles:

“Memory, Music, and Private Mourning in an English Country House during the First World War: Lady Alda Hoare’s Musical Shrine to a Lost Son.” Journal of Musicological Research Vol. 31/ 1-3, “Music and World War I.” (March 2014): 39-95.

Book Chapters:

“Tommy Music Critics, an Unlikely Community, and The Longleat Lyre During World War I.” In Over Here, Over There: Transatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I, ed. Christina Bashford, William Brooks, and Gayle Sherwood Magee. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, in press, 2018.

“‘Society News,’ Opera, and The Lady Magazine, 1880-1914.”  In Opera and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Alison Mero and Christina Fuhrmann. Oxford, UK: Routledge, forthcoming 2019.

Variations on the Grand Tour: Musical Seduction and Catholic Communion in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Italian Travel Diaries of Lady Anne Noel Blunt.” In Perplext in Faith: Essays on Victorian Beliefs and Doubts, ed. Alisa Clapp-Itnyre and Julie Melnyk, 168-207. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2015.

Book Reviews:

Review of The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War by John Mullen. Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Dec. 2016): 1-4. 

Review of Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley, edited by Bennett Zon. Notes 70/1 (Sept. 2013): 96.

Review of The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century England, edited by Philip Olleson. North American British Music Studies Association Newsletter. (Fall 2013).