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Sophie Benn is a PhD candidate in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on relationships between notation, music, and the body in late Romantic and early Modernist thought. Research areas include ballet, American social dance, body cultures, historical anatomy, and performance practice. Her dissertation is on gesture-notational systems in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Sophie has received fellowships and funding to perform research at the Library of Congress and the Cleveland Orchestra. She has presented at conferences for the Society for American Music, the International Association of Music Librarians, and numerous graduate-level and regional conferences. In 2018, she will present at the annual conferences of the German Studies Association and the American Musicological Society.
Sophie also maintains an active career as a cellist, specializing in modernist and contemporary repertoire. She performs regularly with local new music groups, commissions new work, and is an Artistic Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), a presenting organization for experimental contemporary musicians and sound artists. Sophie also enjoys performing as a baroque cellist and baroque dancer, having studied under Julie Andrijeski and Jaap ter Linden.
Sophie holds degrees in cello performance, pedagogy, and music history from Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
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