Fourth-year PhD student Alexandra Roedder was recently awarded a 9-month fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to undertake dissertation research in Osaka and Tokyo, beginning in fall 2011.

Alexandra's dissertation, which she is writing under Mitchell Morris and Elizabeth Upton as co-chairs, explores and tries to explain the changes evident in film composer Joe Hisaishi's scoring practices over the last thirty years, considering not only personal growth as a composer, but also the strong influences of globalization within film music in general.

The fellowship's primary goal is to foster scholarly work between foreign and Japanese researchers, and to that end Alexandra will be working with two current scholars, Kentaro Imada and Kyoko Koizumi, as well as Professor Nobuhiro Ito of Osaka University, where she will be located.

In addition to her doctoral degree in musicology, Alexandra is also pursuing a Master of Music in cello performance.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science website can be found here: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/