Susan Lewis

B.A., B.Mus. (Queen's), M.M. (Arizona), M.F.A., Ph.D. (Princeton)

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
Professor
, Musicology

By appointment sglewis@uvic.ca

Susan Lewis holds a PhD in Musicology from Princeton University, and a Master of Fine Arts (Princeton), Master of Music (University of Arizona), and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from Queen’s University. Her international experience includes a year of study at the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, and active research networks that span North America and Europe. Prior to her appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Lewis was Acting Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Director of the School of Music at the University of Victoria, where she also has an appointment as Professor of Musicology.

Dr. Lewis’ research has revolved around the study of baroque music; the composer, Claudio Monteverdi; madrigals; music printing and publishing; court culture; and music and urban life in Early Modern Europe. She holds an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2012–16) that funds her study of the composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567—1643), whose madrigals, operas, and sacred music influenced generations of musicians and other artists. The project will culminate in the publication of Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies) with co-author Maria Virginia Acuña.

Dr. Lewis is also the author of three books: Editing Music in Early Modern Germany (Ashgate Press, 2007), Music in the Baroque World: History, Culture, and Performance (Routledge Press, 2015), and The Madrigal: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Press, 2011), which annotates 1,237 items of scholarship on Italian poetry, early modern musical culture, patronage, theoretical tracts, performance issues, genre studies, and composers. Her research has been funded by agencies including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany and the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center at the University of Washington.

Dr. Lewis has a distinguished record of achievement as a researcher, teacher and administrator. She has a successful track record of arts advocacy, leadership, and support with a strong emphasis on student success, teaching excellence, creative activity, experiential learning, and research-inspired teaching. Dr. Lewis has extensive experience serving on a number of regional, national, and international organizations, including the American Musicological Society, Canadian University Music Society and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans and Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.


What Reviewers are Saying about Her Work

“This excellent book combines the philologist's method, offering up page after page of archival discovery and textual insight, with a cultural historian's grasp of the various reception discourses of the new scholarship on early modern Europe. Hammond's historical point of view itself is strikingly fresh for the discipline of musicology.” “Hammond has contributed here a sterling piece of scholarship, one that promises to become a standard book for future scholarship on music editing.”
            Max Reinhart, on Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

“I can only congratulate Susan Lewis Hammond for gathering, assembling, and analyzing an enormous amount of neglected yet important musical source material in a single location. Her book is a gold mine of information. It yields many precious gems of data. It made me think seriously about the transmission, reception, and performance of any foreign repertory that made its way to Germany at any time in its history. It is a “must read” for anyone who is interested in how a foreign text, musical or otherwise, can be adapted for a local clientele.”
            John Kmetz, on Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

“This book is a substantial contribution to the fields of print studies and music history.”
            Eric Rice, on Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

“Lewis Hammond's book contains a wealth of information and is a fine contribution to our understanding of the growing importance of the editor and his role in shaping musical tastes in German speaking lands through the early years of the seventeenth century.”
            Susan Forscher Weiss, on Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

The Madrigal: A Research and Information Guide is a valuable resource for anyone with interest in the madrigal, including conductors, singers, instrumentalists, and musicologists.”
            Brian Lanier, in Choral Journal


Selected Professional & Creative Achievements

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2012–2016 for the project “Claudio Monteverdi”

Shortlisted for the Lewis Lockwood Award 2008 for my book Editing Music in Early Modern Germany

SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2009–2012 for the project “The Madrigal”

Internal Research Grant/SSHRC General Grant, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03

Research Fellow at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, WA, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2008, 2006
Herzog August Bibliothek, Scholarly Fellowships, 2005, 2002


Selected Publications

Books

Music of the Baroque: History, Culture, Performance (under contract with Routledge Press), manuscript submitted October, 2014

Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide (under contract with Routledge Press).

The Madrigal: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies, Routledge Press, 2011), 374pp.
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Editing Music in Early Modern Germany (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 290pp.
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Book Chapters

“Renaissance Venice as a Musical Model for Copenhagen.” In City Limits: Perspectives on the Historical European City, ed. by Glenn Clark, Judith Owens, and Greg T. Smith (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010), pp. 88–105.

“Editing Italian Music for Lutheran Germany.” In Orthodoxies and Diversities in Early Modern Germany-Speaking Lands, ed. by Randolph C. Head and Daniel Christensen, Studies in Central European Histories, 42 (Leiden: Brill Press, 2007), pp. 117-37.

Articles

“Producing Madrigal Books at the Phalèse Print Shop” Yearbook of the Alamire Foundation 6 (2008): 225–49.

“Italian Music and Christian IV’s Urban Agenda for Copenhagen.” Scandinavian Studies 77/3 (2005): 365-82.

“Pierre Phalèse as Music Editor: Musica divina (1583).” Fontes artis musicae 51/1 (2004): 84-100.

“Danish Diplomacy and the Dedication of Giardino novo II (1606) to King James I,” Danish Yearbook of Musicology 28 (2001), 9-18.

Published Reviews of Her Work

Brian Lanier, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, The Madrigal: A Research and Information Guide (New York: Routledge Press, 2011). Choral Journal 53/4 (November, 2012): 81–82.

John Kmetz, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, Editing Music in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2007). Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music 16/1 (2010), http://sscm-jscm.org/v16/no1/br_kmetz.html

Susan Forscher Weiss, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, Editing Music in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2007). Notes 65/3 (March, 2009): 500–3.

Max Reinhart, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, Editing Music in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2007). German History 27/4 (October, 2009): 603–4.

Eric Rice, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, Editing Music in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2007). Renaissance Quarterly 62/1 (2009): 272–4.

John Wagstaff, review of Susan Lewis Hammond, Editing Music in Early Modern Germany (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2007). Fontes Artis Musicae 56/4 (October–December, 2009): 412–3.

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

“Valentin Haussmann as Poet, Composer, and Translator.” Invited paper presented at the Renaissance-Arbeitskreises [Renaissance Working Group] of the Herzog-August-Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel, Germany, October 2014)

“Career Paths for Bachelor of Music Graduates.” Panelist for “What is the Value of a Bachelor of Music Degree?” Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) (Brock University, ON, May 2014)

“Is Religious Music Different from Secular Music? And Does it Matter?” Lecture and discussion for the Victoria Secular Humanist Association (Victoria, November 2013)

“Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers.” Pre-Concert talk for the Victoria Philharmonic Society. St. Andrew’s Church (Victoria, June 2013)

“Searching for Claudio Monteverdi in Cyberspace.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Music Library Association (San Jose, CA, February 2013)

“The Order of Music in Early Modern Anthologies.” Paper read at the meeting of the Canadian University Music Society (Vancouver, June 2008).

“Building a ‘Virtual’ Music Library in Renaissance Germany.” Paper read at the meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (Vancouver, May 2008).

“Toward a Bibliography of Italian Secular Song, 1490-1640.” GUEST SPEAKER for the chapter meeting of the Music Library Association (Victoria, April 2008).

“Lutherans Meet the Madrigal: Martin Rinckart’s Triumphi di Dorothea (Leipzig, 1619).” Paper read at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (Quebec City, November 2007). Paper read by proxy at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society (Calgary, April 2007).


Recent Course Offerings

MUSIC 120A History of Music I
MUSIC 120B History of Music II
MUSIC 322 Composer – Mozart and His World
MUSIC 421 Music and Urban Culture
MUSIC 499 Graduating Projects in Music History
MUSIC 503 Introduction to Graduate Study and Bibliography
MUSIC 530 Claudio Monteverdi; Venetian Opera
MUSIC 532 Music Print Culture; Music and Genre
MUSIC 533 Graduate Forum in Musicology

Brief Biography

Susan Lewis grew up in Toronto, and undertook professional training in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She holds an MFA and Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University (2001), where she completed a dissertation titled “Collecting Italia Abroad: Anthologies of Italian Madrigals in the Print World of Northern Europe.” Between 1993 and 1995 she studied at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a Master of Music with a specialization in musicology. There she honed her research skills with a thesis on “Chi soffre speri and the Influence of the Commedia dell’arte on the Development of Roman Opera.” Her undergraduate degrees are from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (1993) with concentrations in music and political science, and a Bachelor of Music (1993) with a specialization in piano performance. She spent her third year (1991–92) at the University of Glasgow, where she studied political theory and international relations, while continuing piano studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Lewis joined the School of Music at the University of Victoria as an Assistant Professor in 2001, and received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2007. She served as Acting Director (2010, 2012) and is current Director of the School of Music (2013-).

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