Author: Megan Fisher
Date: September 28, 2017
Categories: Alumni|Music|Philosophy

Marya Fancey, a 1994 Houghton College graduate and doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, recently received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program research grant.

Fancey’s award will allow her to travel to Poland and conduct musicological and performance-practice research for her doctoral project titled “Performance Practice in Sacred Organ Music from the Jan of Lublin Tablature (1537–48).” The Jan of Lublin Tablature is the largest collection of European organ music from the first half of the 16th century, with hundreds of compositions by multiple composers. The goal of Fancey’s research is to gain insight into the organ’s role in Catholic worship in Poland during that time.

Additionally, she will incorporate free public concerts of selections from the tablature at the Church of the Holy Cross in Kraków. Fancey will be affiliated with the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

“Polish musicologists and organists are generous and supportive,” said Fancey. “I look forward to learning from them and examining the original manuscript firsthand. The results of my research will contribute to the understanding of the development of keyboard music into its own art form.”

Fancey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with music and philosophy majors while at Houghton. She continued her education at the University of South Carolina, where she received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in organ performance.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to individuals whose work will increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and those of other countries. Among the 370,000 alumni are 57 Nobel Prize recipients, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 37 heads of state or government. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers approximately 1,900 research, teaching, and study opportunities annually, encompassing all fields and enabling students to study in 140 countries.

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