Jerome Roche Prize 2020 awarded to Amanda Hsieh

The Jerome Roche Prize for 2020 is awarded to Amanda Hsieh for her article ‘Lyrical Tension, Collective Voices: Masculinity in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck’, which was published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 144/2 (2019), 323–62. Hsieh’s article offers an illuminating reading of the production and generation of meaning in Wozzeck via a historicization of the opera’s premiere, and provides a sophisticated contextualization of the opera in terms of post-World War 1 conceptualizations of masculinity, mental health and class.

Hsieh recently completed her doctorate in musicology at the University of Toronto, having previously studied at Oxford University and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research has been supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).


Peter McMurray receives an Honourable Mention for his article ‘Ephemeral cartography: on mapping sound’, which was published in February 2019 in Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4/2 (2018), 1-32. McMurray’s article offers an archaeology of sound cartography that is ambitious in its chronological and geographical scope and rich in stimulus for new ways of thinking about sonic mapping.

McMurray is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Cambridge University. He completed his PhD at Harvard University in 2015, and subsequently held fellowships at MIT and Harvard’s Society of Fellows. In 2018 he was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. 

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