Maria Christina Fava

Maria Cristina Fava

Assistant Professor of Musicology, 2014-17

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Maria Cristina Fava was born in Riva del Garda, Italy. She attended the Conservatory of Music in Trento and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree (clarinet) in 1988. In August 2000, after a career in arts management organizing and administering international music events in her native city, she moved to the US and enrolled in the M.M. program in musicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she completed master degrees in Music History and Ethnomusicology, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. In August 2004 she enrolled in the PhD program in musicology at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where she graduated in 2012 with the dissertation, “Music as Political and Social Statement in the 1930s: Marc Blitzstein and Friends in New York City”. Her research has been funded by the Elsa T. Johnson Dissertation Fellowship, the Glenn B. Watkins Travelling Fellowship, and the Dena Epstein Award from the Music Library Association.

Ms. Fava has read papers at various musicological conferences and meetings, including the conference of the Society for American Music in 2005, 2006, and 2012, and the conference of the American Musicological Society in 2009. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Thesis Award from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, and in 2006 the Charles Warren Fox Memorial Prize in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music, as well as awards for best student presentation at the AMS Midwest Chapter conferences in 2002/2003 and 2006/2007. Ms. Fava published the article “L’ombra del maccartismo contro Sacco e Vanzetti di Blitzstein” in the Italian musicological journal Musica/Realtà Vol. 25, No. 74 (July 2004) and is currently working on two articles for publication, respectively on the role of the chorus in Rossini’s Tancredi and on the Composers Collective of New York. She has taught as visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University (academic year 2012-13) and as instructor at the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College (Pittsford, New York), Rochester Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University.