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Sophie Benn is a PhD candidate (ABD) in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on relationships between notation, music, and the body in late nineteenth-century and early modernist aesthetics. Research areas include theatrical and social dance, body cultures, historical anatomy, temporality, and performance practice. Her dissertation is on gesture-notational systems in the years around 1900.
Sophie is a 2019 Graduate Affiliate at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and was a 2017 CWRU Fellow at the Library of Congress. She has presented at conferences for the American Musicological Society, the German Studies Association, the Society for American Music, the International Association of Music Librarians, and numerous graduate-level and regional conferences.
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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