Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship
The Society for American Music (SAM) is delighted to announce the establishment of the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship, an annual award for Ph.D. candidates that seeks to diversify the field of scholars working in American music. The couple has endowed the fellowship with a $1.2 million gift that is partly a bequest and partly an outright contribution. SAM will begin naming Walser-McClary Fellows in 2018.
“The Society for American Music is profoundly grateful to Robert Walser and Susan McClary for this extraordinary gift, which is the largest the Society has ever received,” said Sandra Graham, SAM President. “It couldn’t be more timely - now more than ever we need diverse voices in our work. The Walser-McClary fellowship will have a deep impact on American music scholarship and on SAM beyond our lifetimes.”
Professors McClary and Walser are both distinguished musicologists on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Robert Walser has published extensively on jazz and other popular musics, including his books Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, and Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History. He has twice won the SAM Irving Lowens Award for Distinguished Scholarship in American Music. A MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, Susan McClary focuses on the cultural criticism of music. Exploring the European canon and contemporary popular genres, her distinguished publications range from Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form to the award-winning Modal Subjectivities: Renaissance Self-Fashioning in the Italian Madrigal. She is best known for her book Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality.
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