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Clare Eng

Claire EngClare Sher Ling Eng is Assistant Professor of Music at Belmont University.  She joined the faculty in 2011, and teaches courses in theory, aural skills and counterpoint.  Before coming to Belmont, she taught music theory at Macalester College and Yale University.

Dr. Eng is an active scholar.  She has published in Music Theory Online, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and VoiceXchange.  She has also given papers at various regional, national and international musicological conferences, including meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the College Music Society and the Society for Ethnomusicology.  Her primary research interest is in understanding how traditional musical concepts and idioms are transformed in twentieth-century classical music.  Topics that she has examined in particular are the semiosis of closure and sequences.  Dr. Eng maintains a secondary research interest in the art of Communist China, particularly that of the Cultural Revolution.  She has considered the issue of hybridity with regards to the Communist ballet, Red Detachment of Women, and has also recently become interested in film propaganda.  Besides writing and talking about music herself, Dr. Eng also seeks to foster the same activities among students.  While a graduate student at Yale, she organized the Yale Graduate Music Symposium, the first of a still ongoing biennial conference series at Yale.

Dr. Eng is committed to her role as educator and mentor.  She has attended various music pedagogy workshops, and in 2010, at the invitation of the Ministry of Education in Singapore, she gave a workshop to music educators in Singapore on the subject of Bartók and nationalism in twentieth-century Western classical music.  As graduate fellow of the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Yale, Dr. Eng participated in an undergraduate mentoring program, and recruited students at The California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education.

Dr. Eng received a Ph.D., M.A. and M.Phil. in music theory from Yale University, a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance, summa cum laude, from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Law with honors from the National University of Singapore.

Contact information: (615) 460-6267 or email clare.eng@belmont.edu.

Selected publications:

Review of Peter Kaminsky, ed., Unmasking Ravel: New Perspectives on the Music (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2011). Music Theory Online 18/1 (2012) http://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.12.18.1/mto.12.18.1.eng.php

Red Detachment of Women and the Enterprise of Making ‘Model’ Music during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” VoiceXchange 3/1 (2009): 5-37. http://voicexchange.uchicago.edu/

“‘Writ in remembrance more than things long past’: Cadential Relationships in Fauré’s Mirages.” Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 23 (2009): 135-152. (Joint First Prize Winner of the 2009 Bruce Benward Student Analysis Competition)