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Jillian Rogers and Sergio Ospina Romero appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music musicology faculty

July 19, 2019

Jillian Rogers

Jillian Rogers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Musicology Department faculty.

Jillian Rogers will return to the renowned faculty as assistant professor of music in musicology, effective Aug. 1, 2019, and Sergio Ospina Romero will join the school as assistant professor of music in musicology in August 2021, after completing his postdoctoral appointment in the Music Department at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota.

“We are excited by the addition of these two new musicology faculty to our school, particularly by the range of their teaching experience, the breadth of their research and their personal knowledge of cultures outside North America,” said Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean of the Jacobs School.

Rogers has taught at the Jacobs School of Music, University College Cork and UCLA. Her research centers on how people experience, process and perform grief and trauma through music and sound, with particular focus on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century classical and popular musical cultures in Europe and the United States.

Rogers’ interests in French modernism, affect and psychoanalytic theory, sound studies, and trauma and performance studies coalesce in her current book project, “Resonant Recoveries: French Music and Trauma Between the Wars.”

She is founder of the Sonic Histories of Cork City Project, which explores how Cork, Ireland, may have sounded in the past through historical documents, interviews and contemporary field recordings.

“The Musicology Department is thrilled to welcome Jillian Rogers back to Bloomington as an assistant professor,” said Kristina Muxfeldt, chair of the Musicology Department. “She impressed us greatly in 2015-16, when, as a faculty visitor, she designed a remarkable array of new courses and became a cherished mentor to numerous students. Since then, her path-breaking multidisciplinary research has given shape to exciting new areas of musicological inquiry.”

Sergio Ospina Romero

Sergio Ospina Romero

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Ospina Romero is a musician, anthropologist (B.A.), historian (M.A.) and musicologist (Ph.D., Cornell 2019). His research activities deal primarily with sound reproduction, jazz and transnationalism in the early twentieth century. He is the author of “Dolor que canta: La vida y la música de Luis A. Calvo en la sociedad colombiana de comienzos del siglo XX” (ICANH, 2017) and, in the latest issue of Journal of the American Musicological Society, “Ghosts in the Machine and Other Tales around a ‘Marvelous Invention’: Player Pianos in Latin America in the Early Twentieth Century.”

Ospina Romero has taught at Cornell University, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Javeriana. Awards include the Donald J. Grout Memorial Prize, Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize, Fulbright Scholarship and an honorable mention in the Otto Mayer-Serra Award. He is the director and pianist of Palonegro, an ensemble of Latin American music and Latin jazz.

“We couldn’t be happier that Sergio Ospina Romero will join our faculty at the conclusion of his postdoctoral position,” said Muxfeldt. “His unique perspective and the geographical spread of his outstanding research on topics ranging from early twentieth-century sound reproduction to today’s global jazz will energize our entire community.”

Linda Cajigas
Assistant Director of Communications
IU Jacobs School of Music
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