Announcements - Longyear Award Winner

Desirée Scarambone (University of Kentucky)

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Longyear Awardee 2019: Desirée Scarambone

The AMS-South-Central Chapter is pleased to announce the winner of the Rey M. Longyear award for the best student paper read at the annual meeting of 2019. This year’s awardee is Desirée Scarambone (University of Kentucky) who won for her paper “The Sensual Semiotics of Christ’s Body.”

A little about Desirée:

When she is not eagerly pouring over texts in the library at the University of Kentucky where she studies musicology, Desirée Bradford Scarambone can be found enthusiastically mentoring pre-college students in her professional piano studio in Richmond Kentucky.

A teacher devoted to developing independence and confidence in her students in her classrooms at the University of Kentucky as well as in her piano studio, she authored supplemental pedagogically oriented music history texts including Classical Composers: A Home in Your Head for the Musical Masters in 2014, and From Sticks and Stones to Hammers and Bows in 2015. In 2017 she was honored with the Kristen Stauffer Todd Memorial Award for Exceptional Graduate Teaching and Service.

She earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Houston in Piano Performance where she studied with Ruth Tomfohrde, Timothy Hester, and Horacio Gutiérrez. She later pursued graduate studies in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Mississippi College. Her primary musicological interests are in the Passion genre of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the cultivation of the literary imagination. She is an active scholar and has given presentations on research of diverse subjects including “La Passion de Simone" at the Semiotic Society of America Conference in October, 2018, “The Habit of Passion” at the Kentucky Music Teachers Conference in September of 2018, “Engendering the Ungendering of Compassion” at the Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts National Conference in 2017, and “Using and Teaching the Method of Loci in the Music History Classroom” for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association State Conference in 2015.

Congratulations to Desirée Scarambone!