The Peabody Post

Noelle McMurtry Receives Presser Foundation Graduate Music Award

Noelle McMurtrySoprano Noelle McMurtry, a second-year DMA student of Ah Young Hong, has been selected to receive the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award of $10,000 to support her research project, “Unearthing the Unpublished Lieder of Composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau.” As part of her work to challenge the gendered narratives that surround the creation of canon, McMurtry plans to focus her Doctoral thesis and lecture recital on Le Beau’s Lieder repertoire, much of which has never been studied or published. McMurtry hopes to discover the manuscripts of Le Beau’s unpublished Opuses by mining the German composer’s public archives, held in the Berlin State Library, the Bavarian State Library, and the Baden State Library Karlsruhe. In transcribing and performing these works at Peabody and other concert venues, she aims both to expose a wider audience to the breadth and beauty of Le Beau’s repertoire, and to reveal the gendered barriers which prevented Le Beau’s inclusion in the nineteenth-century Lieder canon.

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