CBMR Travel Grants
Stephanie Doktor has been awarded the fall 2013 CBMR Travel Grant in support of her research project titled “Jazz and Classical Music in Jim Crow America.” Doktor will examine the race relations and racial ideologies that materialized from intersections of jazz and classical music in the early twentieth century. Many composers have fused these styles, deliberately crossing racial boundaries and blurring musical categories, yet existing scholarship encourages one to consider this music to be an exception in the repertories of only a few composers, including George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Duke Ellington. Doktor will examine other composers who explored the jazz/classical music boundary, including Edmund Thornton Jenkins, Harry T. Burleigh, James P. Johnson, George Antheil, John Alden Carpenter, Louis Gruenberg, and John Powell. She will also explore how race and musical training shaped the perception and consumption of this music in Jim Crow America. Doktor is a Ph.D. student in Critical and Comparative Studies at the University of Virginia, where she studies with Scott DeVeaux.
CBMR travel grants of up to $1,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who demonstrate the ability to launch and complete a scholarly or performance-based research project that significantly utilizes holdings in the CBMR’s collections. The grants are supported with funds that have been given to the Center in honor of CBMR founder Samuel A. Floyd Jr. and in memory of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Scholars, composers, conductors, musicians, educators, graduate students, and independent researchers residing or attending school beyond commuting distance of the Center for Black Music Research (more than 100 miles) are eligible to apply for this grant. Researchers in all genres of black music are encouraged to apply.
Applications are accepted twice yearly and must be postmarked or received by September 1 and February 1. Additional information and application forms are available at www.colum.edu/cbmr/What_We_Do/fellowships/travel.