Annegret Fauser of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association (RMA). It is one of the highest international honors a musicologist can receive.
Fauser, a professor of music and adjunct professor of women’s studies in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, is the 50th recipient of the award. The RMA is the leading and oldest society in the United Kingdom dedicated to the study of music.
The Dent Medal is named in honor of distinguished scholar and musician Edward J. Dent. Candidates must be nominated for the award and are selected on the basis of published scholarship, which could be either a single, large-scale study or a body of work.
The award citation praises Fauser as “an outstanding scholar, truly international in her research profile, active on the international musicological scene and interdisciplinary in her interests … with a substantial body of distinguished and important work to her name.”
As part of the award, a symposium will be held in Fauser’s honor in London, where she will present the Dent Lecture on Sept. 15, 2012.
“We heartily congratulate our colleague Annegret Fauser on having received the prestigious Dent Medal, which brings distinction to the music department and to the University,” said Terry Rhodes, chair of UNC’s music department.
Last year Fauser received the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society for her essay collection on opera and musical theater in Paris. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Her research focuses on the music of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in France and America.
Read an Endeavors magazine story on Fauser’s research: