Virginia Georgallas is a PhD student in musicology, originally from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She holds an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (2013) and she completed a BMus in Piano Performance (2014) at the University of Toronto, funded by the Alice and Armen Matheson Scholarship. She went on to receive an MA in Musicology (2017) at the University of Toronto, funded by a graduate student fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Virginia entered the PhD programme at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017, funded by the Mellon-Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. She is a 2021-22 Townsend Dissertation Fellow, and her research is also supported by a 2021-22 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation reimagines the concept of style by demonstrating its roots in eighteenth-century music and materialism. Virginia volunteers weekly at the Berkeley Humane Society and as a tutor at Berkeley Reads, an adult and family literacy programme run through the Berkeley Public Library.