Graduate student Alexandra Apolloni has been awarded an Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Fellowship from the American Musicological Society.  This very competitive year-long fellowship is awarded to graduate students entering their final year of study, and provides financial support to enable students to complete their dissertation projects.  More information on this prestigious fellowship can be found: http://www.ams-net.org/fellowships/ams50.php

Alexandra’s dissertation, titled “Singing the Swinging Sixties: Race, Voice and Girlhood in 1960s British Pop” explores issues of race and femininity in performances by singers such as Cilla Black, Marianne Faithfull, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, and Dusty Springfield.  Alexandra is interested in how the sounds of girl singers’ voices were understood by British audiences in the context of mid-1960s ideals of whiteness and girlhood.  In her dissertation, she analyzes a wide range of performances, from albums including Dusty in Memphis and television programs such as Ready Steady Go! and the Sandie Shaw Supplement, and explores to what extent such performances allowed alliances to form between young women of different racial and class backgrounds. Alexandra’s work is based on archival research that she conducted at the British Film Institute and the British Library in London