Alexandra Apolloni  

Fall 2013: Music History 191T: Senior Thesis and Music History 64: Motown and Soul

Winter 2014: Music Industry 101: Music Industry, Technology, and Science

Spring 2014: Music Industry M182 - Music Industry and Music History M136: Music and Gender

Alexandra Apolloni holds a Ph.D.in Musicology from UCLA.  Her research explores popular music in Britain and North America from 1945 to the present, with a focus on how performances by women vocalists shape the ways in which listeners conceive of gender and race.  Her dissertation, “Wishin' and Hopin': Whiteness, Voice, and Femininity in 1960s British Pop,” is based on archival research conducted at the British Library and the British Film Institute, and considers performances by singers such as Cilla Black, Marianne Faithfull, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, and Dusty Springfield. Apolloni's dissertation research was supported by an Alvin H. Johnson AMS-50 Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, as well as by research funding from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, the UC Center for New Racial Studies, the UCLA Humanities Division, and the Herb Alpert School of Music.

In addition to her dissertation work, Apolloni has published and presented research on a wide range topics related to popular music. She contributed articles on several 1960s pop singers to the forthcoming new edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music; and her article on representations of disability in Lady Gaga's music videos will appear in the forthcoming volume Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture (Routledge, 2013). Apolloni is currently working on a new project about Jamaican singer Millie Small, and her role in the proliferation of ska and reggae in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s.

Apolloni is an active writer and editor, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Echo: a music-centered journal from 2011-2013. She also recently joined the writing staff of Alexander Street Press' Music Media Monthly (http://musicmediamonthly.com/).  As an instructor at UCLA, she has designed and taught courses on the History of Rock and Roll, Music and Gender, African-American Popular Music, and 1960s Girl Groups.  She has also taught the Senior Thesis writing seminar for Music History majors.


Ersoff Lecturer

Zarah Ersoff   

Fall 2013: Music History/ LGBTS M137: LGBTQ Perspectives in Popular Music

Winter 2013: Music History 191GL: Topic TBD

Zarah Ersoff is a musicologist, specializing in the relationship between sound and visual media from the late nineteenth century to the present. She recently completed her PhD in Musicology at UCLA, with a dissertation on homoerotic Orientalism and dandyism in fin-de-siècle French music. She earned a BA in Music History and Theory from Oberlin College and an MA in Musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Her current project, Musical Dandysme, uses the French dandy-composer (Ravel, Satie, Hahn) to theorize posing as a form of musical imitation. She argues the dandy's aestheticism can be experienced in his music through particular forms of stylization, or poses, present in the artwork itself, as both ornaments and nostalgic recollections. These composers used their music to pose both as French and as exotic subjects, thus situating themselves in relation to the temporal and geographical present of fin-de-siècle France.

Ersoff's research is necessarily interdisciplinary in nature, drawing upon theater, film, and art history, gender and sexuality studies, and performance and sound studies. She has presented at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, IASPM-US, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, and published articles and reviews in the Journal of Popular Music Studies and Notes.

Raulerson Lect

Graham Raulerson   

Fall 2013: Music History 70: Beethoven

Graham Raulerson studies the political, spatial-temporal, and performative dimensions of twentieth-century American art and popular musics. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA with a dissertation derived from his ongoing study of music in modern and historical hobo culture. He also holds degrees in musicology and music education from the University of Iowa and Bowling Green State University and has served as editor-in-chief of UCLA's Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary online journal. He is currently an adjunct instructor at UCLA and Glendale Community College.


Holley Replogle-Wong   

Fall 2013: Music History 7: Film and Music

Holley Replogle-Wong is a teacher, scholar, and musician. She earned her PhD in Musicology at UCLA in 2009. Her dissertation deals with cultural hierarchies in operetta and the megamusical. She is a recipient of the UCLA Research Mentorship Fellowship and the Phi Beta Kappa Pauline Venable Turrill Award. Holley is passionate about teaching, and in 2007 she was awarded the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. She has been published in Echo: A Music Centered Journal, and has an essay in the Oxford Handbook to the American Musical. Holley was a member of the first cohort of ACLS New Faculty Fellows, and she spent her two year tenure as a postdoc teaching at UC Berkeley. Currently, Holley is teaching classes at UCLA, music directing and accompanying for children's musical theater companies in West LA, and working on a book about Hollywood sopranos. She is also a singer, currently performing with Vox Femina. Holley resides in the San Fernando Valley with her husband, her 3 month old son, and her cat.

LSP lecturer

Lindsey Strand-Polyak   

Fall 2013: Music History/Music/Musicology CM90T/460: Early Music Ensemble

Winter 2014: Music History 3: Intro to Classical Music

Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active as a scholar and violinist, completing her PhD/MM in both Musicology and Violin Performance at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. Her research focuses on intersections between the worlds of performance and scholarship, most recently centered on Early Modern Italy and Austria in her dissertation "The Virtuoso's Idiom: Spectacularity and the Seventeenth Century Violin Sonata." She was an advisee of Elisabeth Le Guin and studied violin with Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre. At UCLA, she received numerous awards for her work, including a Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Henry and Yvonne Lenart Research Fellowship, and the 2013 Teaching Award. Dr. Strand-Polyak has presented papers and lecture-recitals at conferences held at Harvard, McGill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, and national and local meetings of the American Musicological Society. Equally at home on modern and baroque violin, she has appeared in festivals in both North America and Europe, and performed with groups from across the musical spectrum -- from early music ensembles Musica Angelica, Pacific MusicWorks and American Bach Soloists to pop icons Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Dr. Strand-Polyak is one of the founding members of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, re-established in 2009 after a 20-year hiatus, and has served as both Managing Director and Director.


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