Julie Van Gyzen

  • Graduate Student, Musicology

Julie VanGyzen is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology. Hailing from New England, she has obtained her BM in Clarinet Performance from Rhode Island College and her MFA in Musicology from Brandeis University where she wrote her master’s thesis, “La Victoire du peril rose: Contextualizing Sociological Narratives and Wagnerian Aesthetics in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène.” Her currently scholarly interests are focused on French music during World War II, music and resistance, and women composers of early twentieth century France with a special focus on the life and work of Elsa Barraine (1910-1999). Her dissertation, ’L’art n’a pas de partrie?’: Musical Production and Resistance, in Nazi-Occupied Paris, 1940-1944 explores these themes and argues that composition, performance, and listening are all acts of real resistance. Having presented her most recent findings at the 2017 American Musicological Society Annual Meeting (Rochester, NY), Julie is also the awardee of multiple grants and fellowships for this research, including a University of Pittsburgh A&S Graduate Fellowship (2014), a European Studies Center Klinzing Doctoral Research Grant (2017), and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship (2017). As a Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, Julie has taught recitations for Introduction to Western Art Music and classes for Fundamentals of Music Theory and Class Piano. She has been a guest lecturer for community organizations and in music history classes at Rhode Island College.