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Sandra Graham

Assistant Professor, Department of Music

Office: 222E Music Building
Phone: (530) 752-2603
E-mail: sjgraham (at) ucdavis (dot) edu Sandra Graham


Sandra Graham received a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University, a B.A. in music from Moravian College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in music (concentration in ethnomusicology) from New York University. She founded the program in ethnomusicology at UC Davis, where she teaches courses in musics of the world, ethnomusicology (intellectual history, methods, theory), African American music, American music, folk/popular musics of Central Europe. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Music Academy at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, and Washington University.

In 2005 Professor Graham was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer research grant for her book, From Slave Song to America's Music: The Popularization of Negro Spirituals (in preparation, to be published by the University of Illinois Press). She was an American Association of University Women American Fellow and winner of the 2001 Society for American Music Housewright Dissertation Award for "The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Concert Spiritual: The Beginnings of an American Tradition." She has published articles in American Music and Muzikoloski Zbornik, presents papers regularly at international conferences, and is editor of the Bulletin for the Society for American Music.

In Summer 2008 Professor Graham will teach a Summer Abroad course in Ljubljana, Slovenia, titled From Polka to Eurovision: Music of Central Europe (Music 129D, Music 198). For more information on the program, visit the UC Davis Summer Abroad website.

New York University, New York City, New York Doctor of Philosophy in Music, concentration in ethnomusicology
    (January 2001)
Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts degree, major in music (December 1991)
St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York Bachelor of Arts degree, major in English.

Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis (appointed 2002): Founder of program in Ethnomusicology.
Visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and University of Zagreb, Croatia (2006)
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-2002)
Adjunct Instructor, New York University, New York City, New York (1996-2000)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (Spring 1999)

University of California, Davis, Faculty Development Grant, Fall 2005
National Endowment of the Humanities 2005 Summer Research Grant ("We the People" project)
University of California, Davis, Committee on Research Summer Research Grant, 2003
American Association of University Women, American Fellowship, 1997-98
Patricia Dunn Lehrman Fellowship for dissertation research, Arts in American Society, 1996-97, New York University

Society for American Music Wiley Housewright Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in American Music, 2001.

From Slave Song to America's Music: The Popularization of Negro Spirituals, University of Illinois Press, in preparation.
Review of Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1890–1919 by Tim Brooks in 
    Current Musicology
, in press (2006).
"What's the Score? Interpreting Transcriptions of the Fisk Jubilee Spirituals," Muzikoloski zbornik (Jan. 2007), in
"On the Road to Freedom: The Contracts of the Fisk Jubilee Singers," American Music 24/1 (2006): 1-29.
Book review of The Music of American Folk Song, and Selected Other Writings on American Folk Music, ed. 
    Larry Polansky with Judith Tick, published in Notes, December (2002).
"Songs of the Slaves," chapter in Study Guide on African American spirituals for performance by Sweet Honey in the 
    Rock; published by Cal Performances, Berkeley, 2002.
"The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Concert Spiritual: The Beginnings of an American Tradition" (Ph.D. dissertation, 
    New York University, 2001).

"Shifting Ideologies in African American Musical Scholarship," Croatian Musicological Society, June 2006, Zagreb
"Composing in Black and White: Code-switching in the Songs of Sam Lucas," paper presented at the Society for
    American Music annual conference, Chicago, March 2006
"Three Cases of Musical Change in the Negro Spiritual," panel organizer, and paper presenter, "Transformation as 
    Survival Strategy: Commercial Spirituals," at 50th annual meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology, November 
    2005, Atlanta.
"Re-presenting the Folk Spiritual: A Case Study from Blackface Minstrelsy," paper presented at the International 
    Council for Traditional Music biannual conference, Sheffield, England, August 2005.
"Considering Curricular Challenges: Balancing Emerging Student and Cultural Demands with Traditional Music 
    Teaching and Learning," Panel presenter and discussant, joint meeting of the Pacific Central Chapter of the College 
    Music Society, West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory,
    19 March 2005, San Francisco.
"Keeping Traditional Music Relevant: The Case of the Negro Spiritual" and "Ethnomusicology and American Musical 
    Identity: Historical Overview." Papers presented at the conference Traditional Music in Asia: Adapting to a 
    Globalized World, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 2005.
"Composing in Black and White: The Songs of Sam Lucas," presented at A Century of Composing in America
    1820-1920, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York City, November 2004.
"From Sacred to Sacrilege? Spirituals in Postbellum Blackface Minstrelsy," Emerging Scholarship Panel at the annual
    conference of the Association of Theater in Higher Education, Toronto, July 2004; completed papers were
    adjudicated before acceptance.
"Teaching Controversial Aspects of American Music: A Panel Discussion," panel presenter and discussant, moderated
    by James Deaville, at joint meeting of Association for Recorded Sound Collections & Society for American Music,
    Cleveland, Ohio, March 2004
"What's the Score? Interpreting Theodore Seward's Transcriptions of the Fisk Jubilee Spirituals," presented at the
    annual meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology, Miami, Florida, October 2003; also panel chair for session
    entitled "Writing It Down: Transcriptions in the Representation of Musical Experience"
"From Sacred to Sacrilege? Spirituals in Postbellum Blackface Minstrelsy," paper presented at the annual meeting of
    the Society for American Music, March 2003, Tempe, Arizona

Council member, Society for Ethnomusicology (term begins 2007)
Editor, Society for American Music Bulletin (Jan. 2005-2009)
Member, 2004 Dissertation Prize Committee for Society for American Music's Wiley Housewright Dissertation Prize
President, Northern California Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology (2003-2005)

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