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University of Chicago Professor Anne Walters Robertson Wins Howard Fellowship

Anne Walters Robertson, Associate Professor and Chairman of Music at the University of Chicago, has been awarded the prestigious George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship for her proposed project on Guillaume de Machaut in Reims.

Only seven Howard fellowships were awarded this year to scholars at the crucial middle stages of their careers. This year, the field chosen was music (composition, musicology and performance). Next year, the fellowship will be given in history, archaeology and political science.

“Anne is really quite a remarkable scholar,” said Philip Gossett, Dean of the Humanities Division. “By studying how music and the church interact, she has transformed our knowledge of the history and liturgical use of polyphonic music in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. She’s gone after the most important pieces by the most crucial figures and has done exciting research on all of them. We’re delighted the Howard Foundation has seen fit to give her a fellowship.”

Robertson has spent most of her academic career conducting groundbreaking research on medieval and early Renaissance composers in France.

“Guillaume de Machaut was the greatest poet and composer of the 14th century," Robertson said. “My project is on his music and how it relates to Reims Cathedral in France, where he lived and worked most of his life.”

Robertson, who has been at the University since 1984, has also been awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize of the Medieval Academy of America, in 1995, for “a first book in the medieval field judged to be of outstanding quality.” She received the award for The Service Books of the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis: Images of Ritual and Music in the Middle Ages(1991). Her numerous other awards have included a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1992.

Robertson received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in musicology from Yale in 1984. She also received her M.M. in music theory in 1979 from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music and her M.M. in chamber music and accompanying in 1976 from the University of Houston.
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