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April 3, 2003

UI Musicologist Wins NEH Grant

Roberta Marvin, a professor of musicology in the University of Iowa School of Music, received one of 288 new grants announced recently by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grants, totaling $25.2-million, were awarded to museums, colleges, and other educational institutions across the United States. They were given in four areas: preservation and access, research, education and public programs.

Marvin received a summer research stipend of $5,000 for research on "Verdi and the Victorians." She was one of only four recipients in the state of Iowa, and the only recipient at the UI.

"The NEH funding will greatly facilitate my work on this project, which has previously been funded by the UI through College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar and Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) awards," Marvin said.

Marvin received a doctorate in musicology from Brandeis University in 1992 and a master's degree from Tufts University in 1986.

Her articles on the music of Verdi and Rossini have appeared in scholarly publications including Studi Verdiani, Bollettino del Centro Rossiniano di Studi, Music and Letters, the Cambridge Opera Journal and the Musical Quarterly. She is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and "The Cambridge Companion to Verdi."

She edited Verdi's "I masnadieri" for the critical edition of Verdi's works for the University of Chicago Press, which had its world premiere at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy, in 2001. Marvin is also writing a book about the education, teachings and philosophy of Verdi entitled "Verdi the Student -- Verdi the Teacher," which won the International Giuseppe Verdi Prize.

Marvin's research focuses on compositional process, the history of music pedagogy, text critical issues, nationalism, and intersections between literature and music, especially in 19th-century Italy.

Her work has been honored with two awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a grant from the American Philosophical Society, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation and two Fulbright Fellowships to Italy, as well as competitive institutional grants from the UI, Brandeis University and the University of Alabama.

She was recently named a Bogiasco Fellow at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Genoa, Italy, for 2003.

A frequent speaker at international and national conferences including meetings of the Royal Musicological Association, the International Musicological Society and the American Musicological Society, Marvin has received invitations to lecture in Greece, England and Italy, and to teach and present colloquia at Cambridge and Oxford universities, as well as numerous American institutions.

Before coming to the UI she held positions at the University of Alabama, Boston University and Tufts University. She currently serves as editor of the Verdi Forum and on the advisory board of the American Institute for Verdi Studies.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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