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Virginia Georgallas

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 under the instruction of Jamie Parker, fully 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. During her time in Toronto, Virginia was active in the community as a private piano teacher and accompanist at a conservatory in Roncesvalles, as an assistant at the Institute for Canadian Music, and as an intern at the independent record label Opening Day Entertainment Group. She entered the PhD programme at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017, funded by the Mellon-Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. Her research interests include neoclassicism, botany, natural histories, literary materialisms, and style, and she focuses primarily on eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music. 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.

Conference Presentations

2017        “Béla Bartók’s Canadian Legacy: Violet Archer and Jean Coulthard.” Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference, Toronto, May 25–27.

2016        “The Maniac’s Affliction: Music, Madness, and Caprice in Late Eighteenth-Century Spain.” Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Vancouver, November 3–6.

2016        “Energizing Learning Communities in the Music History Classroom.” Roundtable, Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference, Calgary, June 1–3.

2016        “The Maniac’s Affliction: Music, Madness, and Caprice in Late Eighteenth-Century Spain.” Gli Scambi Musicali fra Italia e Spagna nei Secoli XVIII e XIX, Cervantes Institute, Rome, May 3–5.

Email: virginia.georgallas@berkeley.edu