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Congratulations to Elizabeth L. Keathley, Associate Professor in Historical Musicology and a WGS Program faculty member, on being awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant! Keathley’s NEH project is a book on the ways that women influenced musical modernism in capacities other than composer and is titled The Feminine Face of Musical Modernism: Women as Collaborators in Arnold Schoenberg’s Musical Networks.

Dr. Elizabeth Keathley

Describing her research, Keathley states that “When we shift the focus of inquiry from fêted modernist composers to the networks that enabled the composition and performance of their music, we find women in key roles—not as passive helpers, but as active subjects advancing their own artistic, social, and personal interests in the collaborative processes that created and sustained musical modernism. Drawing on interpretive models from sociology, philanthropy scholarship, and women’s history, my study uses archival materials to illuminate women’s work in collaborative networks pervading the modern music subcultures

in which Schoenberg worked. Using a single composer as a structuring principle rather than a protagonist, the study focuses on networks and interactions, not solely on individual accomplishments. Through their networks and in their roles as performers, librettists, patrons, and writers, women proposed and contested the terrain of musical modernism, affording them agency in the formation of their own modern identities.”

Keathley teaches the music history sequence for music majors and graduate seminars in twentieth-century music and music and gender. She received the PhD and MA in Music History, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Sarah Colonna LGBTQ Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator

A former nurse and life-long forward thinker, Sarah Colonna enrolled in the WGS Master’s program in search of something. As a student in the first MA cohort for WGS, Sarah established a foundation important to her present success. When people ask her, “What are you going to do with that degree?” she always responds, “What am I NOT going to do with this degree?!” She believes that the WGS MA program trained her to think critically and to consider everything. She is now committed to work combining her concerns with health, gender, youth, social justice, and women’s and LGBTQ issues.

Sarah now works in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and holds the official title of LGBTQ Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. What this really means is that she is the go-to person on campus for all LGBTQ concerns. Whether a student is in need of help or interested in becoming a LGBTQ ally, Sarah is the individual to seek out. Having successfully completed the WGS program at UNCG, she offers these words to potential and current students: “Just do it. Read all the time, and think, and keep a journal.” Sarah is currently steering her way through the PhD program in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Studies. She holds open office hours every Wednesday between 4-6 pm in EUC 062 where students are encouraged to be themselves and feel welcome in an open environment.

Sarah Colonna

Friends of WGS Board

Deana Coble, President Rebecca Mann, Secretary Judith Abraham Sally Cone

Donna Fairfield Carolyn Flowers Ann May

Donna Reichman Judith Schanel Emily Smith Ernestine Taylor


Dr. Elizabeth Keathley Awarded Prestigious NEH Grant

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