Faculty Profile: Jacquelyn Sholes

Position: Full-Time Lecturer (Musicology and Ethnomusicology) sholes


Ph.D., M.F.A., Brandeis University; B.A. summa cum laude (music and mathematics), Wellesley College.

Dr. Sholes works primarily on repertory of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, focusing especially on Austro-German and American music. Her book on allusion and inter-movement narrative in the instrumental music of Brahms is under contract with Indiana University Press. Current projects focus on musical relationships between Brahms, his disciples, and other members of his circle and on the work of Joseph Schillinger (composer, theorist, collaborator with Léon Theremin, and teacher of jazz “greats” including George Gershwin). Other areas of interest include the history of the concerto and string quartet; connections between music, literature, and the visual arts; Russian Romanticism; Mahler; French Impressionist composers; American musical theatre and popular song; and intersections of music, science, and technology in the twentieth century. Dr. Sholes has authored articles and reviews appearing in 19th-Century Music, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, The Journal of Musicological Research, Notes, Ars Lyrica, and The American Brahms Society Newsletter, as well as prefaces to several score editions and entries in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. She has also done interdisciplinary consulting work in neuroscience at MIT resulting in co-authorship on an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has presented at (inter)national meetings of the American Musicological Society, German Studies Association, and Society for American Music and at the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music. In 2016, she was elected President of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, and she also serves as a member of the Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Boston. Prior to arriving at Boston University, she held faculty appointments at Williams College and Wellesley College.