Dr. Bañagale!

May 26, 2011 at 6:45 am 4 comments

Amusicology is proud to announce that it now has a 100% Ph.D.-vetted editorial board! I think I speak for the whole amusicology community when I extend my congratulations to my friend and colleague, the inimitable Ryan Raul Bañagale, for receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard today.

Ryan’s dissertation is awesome. I can say that because I have actually read the whole thing! It raises issues of highbrow-vs-lowbrow, anxieties of influence, and canon formation in the larger orbit of Rhapsody in Blue. Also, it has some dazzlingly multicolored charts, so you shouldn’t settle for the monochromatic version you can download from UMI.

Ryan’s graduation also marks the beginning of national hegemony for Amusicology, as he prepares to move out to Colorado in the fall. This makes me sad, since amusicology planning meetings will now have to take place over skype, but happy to have offices in multiple time zones.

Hats Off!

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  • 1. D.A.  |  May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Congrats to Ryan 🙂

  • 2. John  |  May 27, 2011 at 11:50 am


  • 3. Ralph Locke  |  May 29, 2011 at 6:31 am

    This is great–I’m eager to see what Ryan has come up with. Will never forget his vivid presentation (at the 2006 Bernstein festival at Harvard) of Leonard Bernstein’s arrangement, while a teenaged summer-camp counselor, of Rhapsody in Blue for a ragtag bunch of kids at the camp.

    May Amusicology thrive under its two Doctors!

  • 4. Ryan Raul Bañagale  |  June 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you, Drew and everyone else for the well-wishes. I’m excited to make the transition into the next phase of my career as an amusicologist!


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