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Dr. Katherine Preston Honored

Dr. Katherine Preston, David N. & Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music, was recently honored with a Plumeri Award.

A respected musicologist, Professor Preston teaches courses on various aspects of music history. The focus of her scholarship is nineteenth-century American musical culture. Preston Dr. Katherine Prestonhad two major publications released in 2011, George Bristow’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Jullien”) and a facsimile edition of a bound volume of sheet music from 1853, both published by A-R Editions of Madison, Wisconsin. Preston has also published three other books. Her latest project, Against the Grain: Women Managers and English Opera in Late Nineteenth-Century America, examines a neglected aspect of American musical theatre during 1860–1900. It is under review by Oxford University Press. Preston is currently president of the Society for American Music, an international scholarly organization. Preston was the Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair of American Culture at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (Fulbright Senior Fellowship) in Spring 2009 and the William J. Bouwsma Fellow in Musicology at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina during 2009–2010. At William & Mary since 1989, Preston holds a doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is an active member of the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and the North American British Music Studies Association.

Taken from the article by Nicholas Langhorne, University Development. Click here to view the entire article on this year's Plumeri Award recipients.