Eftychia Papanikolaou


Position: Associate Professor (musicology); Musicology Coordinator; MUCT Advisor
Phone: 419-372-2933
Email: papane@bgsu.edu
Address: 2013 Moore Musical Arts Center

On FIL, 2014-15.

            Eftychia (Effie) Papanikolaou is Associate Professor of Musicology and she also serves as Musicology Coordinator and Graduate Advisor. She holds a B.A. in English Philology and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece; Music Theory Degrees from the National Conservatory of Athens; and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Historical Musicology from Boston University.
            Her lectures and publications (from Haydn and Schumann to Liszt and Mahler’s fin-de-siècle Vienna) focus on the interconnections of music, religion, and politics in the long nineteenth century, with emphasis on the sacred as a musical topos. Other research interests include genre studies, music and film, interdisciplinary, and dance studies.

            Her publications have appeared in Musica sacra, Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism, Naturlaut, Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, the Choral Journal, MLA Notes, and the German Studies Review. Her essays discussing the music in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (“Identity and Ethnicity in Peter Gabriel’s Sound Track for The Last Temptation of Christ”) and the TV series Battlestar Galactica (“Of Duduks and Dylan: Negotiating Music and the Aural Space”) have been published in interdisciplinary book collections (Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” Fifty Years On, 2005 and Cylons in America: Critical Studies in “Battlestar Galactica,” 2007, respectively). Most recently her chapter titled “Trauma as Memory in Ken Russell’s Mahler” was included in the volume After Mahler’s Death (2013), edited by Gerold W. Gruber and Morten Solvik. She has also written on dance (the Ballets Russes) and the choreographic works of Uwe Scholz. Upcoming publications include essays on Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Her monograph, currently in progress, focuses on the genre of the Romantic symphonic mass.

            Professor Papanikolaou has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, both musicological and interdisciplinary in scope. In the past 15 years she has contributed hundreds of program notes to professional ensembles and concert events, and select liner notes for CD publications. She is also a frequent pre-concert lecturer on chamber and symphonic music, as well as opera.

            In the Fall of 2010 she was awarded a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship from BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. She has been the recipient of an NEH Summer seminar fellowship for work on opera, and a Technology Innovations Course Redevelopment Grant to from the Ohio Learning Network. She has served as Chair of the AMS Committee on Membership and Professional Development (2009-12); Treasurer (2009-13) and member of the Program Committee (2006-2008) of the AMS Midwest; member of the Committee on Career-Related Issues of the AMS (2005-2007); and member of the Board and Secretary of the Mozart Society of America (2006-09). She is currently an elected Member of the AMS Council (2014-16). Her previous teaching appointments included Wellesley College, the Longy School of Music, Miami University, and Harvard University (Teaching Fellow).