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Jacob Sagrans

Location: Quebec, Canada

I am a PhD candidate in musicology at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where I am completing my dissertation on “Early Music and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 1958 to Present.” In this project, I explore the connections between the choir and the increasing interest in medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music since the mid-twentieth century (the so-called “early-music revival” or “early-music movement”). 

I have published work on a range of topics, including: virtuosity in Clara Schumann’s piano music (Musicological Explorations, vol. 11, 2010); performance practice for seconda prattica madrigals (Grinnell College Mortar Board Academic Journal, 2009); and pioneering Canadian early keyboard player Kenneth Gilbert (forthcoming Festschrift, Ashgate).
I have presented my research at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (2014), the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (2013 and 2014), the Roots of Revival conference at the Horniman Museum in London (2014), the Canadian University Music Society (2012), the North American British Music Studies Association (2010), the Feminist Theory and Music conference (2011), and at Canterbury Christ Church University (2011), the University of Toronto (2011), and the University of Ottawa (2013).
In addition, I have won several awards and scholarships, including the Quebec merit scholarship for foreign doctoral students (2012–15), the Trustee Honor Scholarship at Grinnell College (2005–2009), and the McGill Award for Equity and Community Building (2014).
In 2009 I graduated from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in music. At Grinnell my studies focused on music history, voice, and piano. I remain an active singer in Montreal, performing regularly with the Orpheus Singers.
For more details, please visit my website.

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