Personal Summary / Bio
Jacob Sagrans is a PhD candidate in musicology at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where he is writing a dissertation on “Early Music and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, 1957 to Present." This project explores the connections between the choir's prodigious output of recordings of music written prior to 1750 (over 100 albums) and the increasing interest in early music in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century and early twenty-first century. Jacob's publications include: an article on virtuosity in Clara Schumann's piano music (Musicological Explorations, vol. 11, 2010); an article on performance practice for seconda prattica madrigals (Grinnell College Mortar Board Academic Journal, 2009); a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music and queer identity compiled for the website of the American Musicological Society's LGBT Study Group (http://ams-lgbtq.org/queer-musicology-bibliography/); an article on French-Senegalese rapper MC Solaar (Grinnell College Mortar Board, 2007); and a contribution to a Festschrift for pioneering Canadian early keyboard player Kenneth Gilbert (forthcoming, Ashgate 2015). He has presented his research at 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). Jacob has won several prestigious 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 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in music with honors from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. At Grinnell Jacob's studies were focused on music history, voice, and piano. He remains an active singer in Montreal, performing regularly with the Orpheus Singers.
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