Conservatorium of Music

Carolyn Philpott

Dr Carolyn Philpott

Lecturer in Musicology

BMus(Hons), PhD (University of Tasmania), Grad. Cert. in University Learning and Teaching

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Dr Carolyn Philpott - Researchers Report (WARP)

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Career Summary

Dr Carolyn Philpott is a lecturer in music theory and musicology at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music within the Tasmanian College of the Arts.  She teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units across both classical and contemporary music programs and is a supervisor within the Conservatorium's Honours and Higher Degree by Research programs.  Her PhD dissertation, completed in 2010, focused on the projection of an Australian identity in the music and persona of expatriate composer Malcolm Williamson and she has published several articles related to this research, including "Sacrificing a Symphony: Malcolm Williamson's protest against the Franklin Dam and the implications for the world's first 'transcontinental' symphony" in Social Alternatives: Music, Politics and Environment (2014) and the chapter "The Master and the Media: Malcolm Williamson in the Press" in the book Musical Islands: Exploring Connections Between Music, Place and Research, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009).  She has contributed to the entries on Williamson in the most recent editions of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2007) and Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, forthcoming 2014) and has also published book reviews and an article on Peter Sculthorpe's musical response to social injustice and representation of the Tasmanian landscape in his String Quartet No. 14 for Context: Journal of Music Research (2004).

In addition to her research in Australian music, she has a particular interest in musical responses to Antarctica and has published her research in this area in both musicology and polar studies journals.  She has been awarded a number of grants to present her research in this area at conferences, workshops and guest lectures in Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and she also regularly contributes to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies program offered through the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

She has collaborated with co-authors in a range of disciplines, as well as within musicology, and has most recently co-authored an article with Associate Professor Andrew Legg on performance practices in African American gospel music for the Cambridge University Press journal Popular Music (2014).

Dr Philpott is the current Secretary of the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, a position she has held since the Chapter's formation in 2007.  She is also a music critic for the Mercury newspaper (Hobart) and regularly presents pre-concert talks for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Master Series.  She has received teaching awards from the University of Tasmania for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including a Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014.