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Research Collaborator

McGill University

Dr. Barg’s research draws from modernist studies, jazz studies, and theories of race, gender, and sexuality. Her publications include “Black Voices/White Sounds: Race and Representation in Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts,” which was published in American Music (200) and was awarded the Kurt Weill Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in Music Theater in 2001. She also has contributed an article on Duke Ellington’s jazz concert work Black, Brown and Beige to the volume Playing Changes: New Jazz Studies, and is currently writing a book on the subject of black internationalism, modernism, and identity in the music of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Dr. Barg received her BA in arts from Antioch College and her MA in music history and PhD in music/musicology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble