Please join us this Thursday as we welcome Dr. Carolyn Philpott, Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music and Associate Head, Research for the School of Creative Arts. She is also an Adjunct Researcher at the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Her research interests include Australian music and intersections between music, place and the environment, especially music composed in connection with Antarctica. She has published her research in high-quality musicology and polar studies journals, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries, and has presented at conferences, workshops and guest lectures in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia and Australia. Her monograph, Composing Australia: Nostalgia and National Identity in the Music of Malcolm Williamson, was published by Lyrebird Press (University of Melbourne) as part of its Australasian Music Research series in 2018. She is currently co-editing (with Associate Professor Matt Delbridge, University of Melbourne, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania) a volume titled Performing Ice for publication by Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr Carolyn Philpott has lectured in music history, theory and musicology at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music since 2007 and has held a fulltime teaching and research position since early 2012, when she was awarded an Early Career Development Fellowship. Her PhD dissertation, completed in 2010, focused on the projection of an Australian identity in the music and persona of expatriate composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003). In addition to publishing a monograph related to this research, Composing Australia (Lyrebird Press, 2018), she has published several journal articles on Williamson’s music, as well as contributed to the entries on the composer in the international music encyclopaedias Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2007) and Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, 2014).
Alongside her research on Australian music, Carolyn has published numerous articles and book chapters on music and soundscape-based compositions produced in connection with Antarctica, including in highly ranked musicology, historical studies and polar studies journals. She has presented her Antarctic-related research in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia and Australia and is a regular contributor to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies program run by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), where she holds the position of Adjunct Researcher. Her forthcoming co-edited collection Performing Ice (with Associate Professor Matt Delbridge, University of Melbourne, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania) will be published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Performing Landscapes series.
Carolyn has received awards for both her teaching and research, including a Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2014, and the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Performance by a New Researcher.
In addition to her commitments at the University, she has published more than 170 concert reviews, mostly in the Mercury (Hobart) newspaper, and regularly presents pre-concert talks as part of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series.
Dr. Philpott’s presentation will take place this Thursday, April 11th at 4 p.m. in HMU 125. Her talk is titled “Listening At the End of the World: Compositions Based on Soundscape Recordings of Antarctica.” We look forward to seeing you there!