Bio

Instructor, Liberal Arts (2008). BA, 1988, Zielona Gora State Music School, Poland; MA, 1994, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland; Ph.D., 2013, University of Chicago. Publications: Polish Musicological Journal, European Meetings in Ethnomusicology, Proceedings of International Musicology Conference, Cracow. Awards: The Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Institute Fellowship, Wadmond fellowship, University of Chicago; First Prize in the Wilk Essay Contest, University of Southern California.


Current Interests

My lifelong passion is medieval culture, in particular its music, arts, architecture, monasticism, liturgy, and Biblical studies. In my research I focus on 13th-century musical practices extracting evidence from manuscripts, which I explore as unique pieces of art with both visual and audible aspects interlocked.

I am listening to music for coherent concept and unexpected use of elements such as colors, rhythm, harmony, etc. Thus, composers who catch my imagination come from all historical periods and backgrounds: Handel, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Sofia Gubaidulina, Gloria Coates, Arvo Part. The music I am never tired of is that of J.S. Bach. I am also excited about the new trend of discovering and reviving composers and repertories completely unknown (for example, Pancrace Royer, Giovanni Kapsberger, Alonso Mudarra). I incorporate these new discoveries into the fabric of my lectures.  

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.