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Jill Lichtenwalner '04 Captures Fulbright
By Marci Janas '91



Jill Lichtenwalner would like to get to know Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann a little better. Explore their haunts. Immerse herself in their milieu. Really learn to speak their language — musically as well as linguistically.

She will be able to indulge her scholarly passions thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, which will fund a year of study at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Jill, a senior majoring in both percussion performance and music history, will use her Fulbright to explore comparisons between German and American approaches to music history. She says that the German tradition will provide a firm foundation for her future musicological studies and for her incipient career.

“I believe this experience will be invaluable to my development as both a person and a musicologist,” she says. “I am eager to study intensely the repertoire of Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and the University of Bonn has one of the best music history programs in Germany. Bonn is also ideal because it is Beethoven's birthplace, and Düsseldorf, which is nearby, is home to the Schumann archives.”

Working from the music of these masters, Jill plans to explore why and how American scholarship, the roots of which were formed by German musicology, has diverged into broader fields.

“The German approach is more traditional — it's all about the score,” she says. “The American approach has developed to allow for an amalgam of music history with, among other disciplines, gender studies, art history, folklore, ethnomusicology, and theory.”

Jill, who plans to obtain a PhD in music history, is quick to acknowledge that she would not have won the Fulbright without the help and support of Associate Professor of Musicology Claudia Macdonald.

“She was invaluable throughout the whole process,” says Jill. “She helped me shape my proposal and she critiqued my drafts. Winning this prestigious award, and engaging in these intense studies, will make me a stronger candidate for graduate school in the future.”

Before leaving Oberlin for the richness of German culture and primary resources, the North Carolina native has one important obligation to fulfill: she gives her senior recital in Warner Concert Hall May 1, performing works for percussion by Keiko Abe, M.E. Childs, Eric Ewazen, Daniel Levitan, and student composer Zina von Bozzay '04. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m.

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