Faculty Profile: Jacquelyn Sholes

Position: Lecturer (Musicology and Ethnomusicology) sholes


Jacquelyn Sholes holds a Ph.D. and M.F.A. in musicology from Brandeis University and a B.A. summa cum laude in music and mathematics from Wellesley College. Before arriving at Boston University, she held a visiting assistant professorship at Williams College. She has also held faculty appointments at Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts–Boston, and the Brandeis University Summer School, as well as a head teaching assistantship at Harvard University. Her research, including a recently completed book manuscript, focuses on the intersections of musical form, narrative, and historical reference in the music of Johannes Brahms and on musical relationships between Brahms and other composers within his social circle. Dr. Sholes is a recipient of the American Brahms Society’s Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies and has spoken at international, national, and regional conferences, including annual meetings of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the German Studies Association, the Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard, and chapter meetings of the AMS. Her published and forthcoming work includes articles in 19th-Century Music, The American Brahms Society Newsletter, and Ars Lyrica; reviews in The Journal of Musicological Research and Notes; prefaces to editions of scores by Ferdinand Hiller, Carl Reinecke, and Hans von Bronsart (published in Munich by Musikproduktion Höflich); and several entries in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press). She currently serves as Program Chair for the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society.