Dr Danielle Sofer

Music

Lecturer

Logic House

Biography

Danielle Sofer (she/her/they them) has been a lecturer at Maynooth University since 2016. A music theorist attuned to gendered hearings and sensitive to cultural context, Dr. Sofer has published on music by Elizabeth Maconchy, Juliana Hodkinson, Alice Shields, Donna Summer, and Barry Truax and on the reception of Adorno’s ‘listening typology’. She completed a PhD with distinction at the Kunstuniversität Graz with the dissertation, “Making Sex Sound: Erotic Currents in Electronic Music.”

Her volume Elizabeth Maconchy: Music as Impassioned Argument (Universal Edition, 2018), edited with Christa Brüstle, features contributions from the composer’s two daughters, family photos, and a complete list of the composer’s works presented for the first time. Recent articles include an analysis of gender and sexuality in music by Barry Truax (Organised Sound, 2018), and ‘
Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: “Ongoing Interculturality’” in Alice Shields’s Electronic Opera Apocalypse’, forthcoming in American Music journal, awarded subventions from the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society’s AMS 75 Publication Awards for Young Scholars Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Danielle graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a BA in music performance (viola and piano) and honours. She holds Master’s degrees from Binghamton University (New York) in piano performance and Stony Brook University (New York) in music history and theory, with a thesis on Prokofiev’s opera The Gambler, a project that brought her to St. Petersburg, Russia as an Erasmus student. Prior to joining the faculty of the
Institute for Musical Criticism and Aesthetical Research at the Kunstuniversität Graz, Danielle studied music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an assistant to Brian Hyer. She has presented on sexuality and electronic music on several occasions, including conferences of the International Computer Music Association, The Society for Music Theory, The Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the Feminist Theory and Music conference.

As a violist, pianist, and singer, Danielle has performed in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Graz, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and many smaller cities around the globe.
 

http://daniellessofer.wixsite.com/daniellesofer

Research Interests

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
Performing, Experiencing and Theorizing Augmented Listening [PETAL] INTERPRETATION AND ANALYSIS OF MACROFORM IN CYCLIC MUSICAL WORKS Research Board Member 01-SEP-17 31-AUG-20

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'The Macropolitics of Microsound: Gender and Sexual Identities in Barry Truax’s Song of Songs'
Danielle Sofer (2018) 'The Macropolitics of Microsound: Gender and Sexual Identities in Barry Truax’s Song of Songs'. The International Journal of Music and Technology - Organised Sound, 23 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: ‘Ongoing Interculturality’ in Alice Shields’s Electronic Opera Apocalypse'
Danielle Sofer (2018) 'Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: ‘Ongoing Interculturality’ in Alice Shields’s Electronic Opera Apocalypse'. American Music, 36 (2) [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Strukturelles Hören?: Von ideellen und idealen Hörern'
Danielle Sofer (2016) 'Strukturelles Hören?: Von ideellen und idealen Hörern' In: Klaus Aringer, Franz Karl Prassl, Peter Revers und Christian Utz (eds). Geschichte und Gegenwart des musikalischen Hörens. Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen für neue methodische Zugänge. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2018 Elizabeth Maconchy: Music as Impassioned Argument
Christa Brüstle and Danielle Sofer (Ed.). (2018) Elizabeth Maconchy: Music as Impassioned Argument Vienna - London - New York: Universal Edition. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2015 Music in Transit: An Interactive Interview with Juliana Hodkinson
Danielle Sofer and Juliana Hodkinson (2015) Music in Transit: An Interactive Interview with Juliana Hodkinson . In: Paulo de Assis and Paulo Giudici eds. Artistic research performance-presentation at The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research Orpheus Institute. Ghent, Belgium, , 09-NOV-15 - 11-NOV-15 [Details]
2014 Eroticism and Time in Computer Music: Juliana Hodkinson and Niels Rønsholdt’s Fish & Fowl
Danielle Sofer (2014) Eroticism and Time in Computer Music: Juliana Hodkinson and Niels Rønsholdt’s Fish & Fowl From Digital Echoes to Virtual Ethos,” proceedings of the ICMC-SMC 2014: 40th International Computer Music Conference joint with the 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference Athens, Greece, , 14-SEP-14 - 19-SEP-14 , pp.148-153 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 The Sounds of (Sex) Music.
Danielle Sofer (2018) The Sounds of (Sex) Music. [Oral Presentation], Rethinking Sound Conference, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea , 30-MAR-18 - 31-MAR-18 [Details]
2018 Forming and Framing Queer Urban Musical Communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Danielle Sofer (2018) Forming and Framing Queer Urban Musical Communities in the Pacific Northwest. [Oral Presentation], International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Joint Symposium of the Music and Gender & Music and Minorities Study Groups, University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria , 22-JUL-18 - 31-JUL-18 [Details]
2017 Un-bracketing the objet sonore in Schaeffer's 'Erotica'.
Danielle Sofer (2017) Un-bracketing the objet sonore in Schaeffer's 'Erotica'. [Oral Presentation], The Society for Musicology in Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 16-JUN-18 - 18-MAR-18 [Details]
2017 LGBTQ+ Music Study Group themed session on Music and Musical Expression in LGBTQ+ Activism.
Danielle Sofer (2017) LGBTQ+ Music Study Group themed session on Music and Musical Expression in LGBTQ+ Activism. [Oral Presentation], Royal Musical Association, University of Liverpool (UK) , 09-SEP-17 [Details]
2016 The 'Ongoing Interculturality' of Alice Shields's Apocalypse.
Danielle Sofer (2016) The 'Ongoing Interculturality' of Alice Shields's Apocalypse. [Oral Presentation], Deleuze + Art: Multiplicities | Thresholds | Potentialities, Trinity College Dublin , 08-APR-16 - 10-APR-16 [Details]
2016 Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: 'Ongoing Interculturality' in Alice Shields's Electronic Opera Apocalypse.
Danielle Sofer (2016) Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: 'Ongoing Interculturality' in Alice Shields's Electronic Opera Apocalypse. [Oral Presentation], The Society for Musicology in Ireland, Dublin City University. Dublin, Ireland , 10-JUN-16 - 12-JUN-16 [Details]
2015 Identity and Orientation in Barry Truax's Song of Songs.
Danielle Sofer (2015) Identity and Orientation in Barry Truax's Song of Songs. [Oral Presentation], The Society for Music Theory, St. Louis, Missouri , 29-OCT-15 - 01-NOV-15 [Details]
2014 'A System of Systems': Negotiations with the Ideal Listener.
Danielle Sofer (2014) 'A System of Systems': Negotiations with the Ideal Listener. [Oral Presentation], University of North Georgia Arts & Letters Conference 2014, Utopia in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia , 28-FEB-14 - 02-MAR-14 [Details]
2013 'Love to Love You Baby': Donna Summer and the Ambiguous Labor of Disco Queens.
Danielle Sofer (2013) 'Love to Love You Baby': Donna Summer and the Ambiguous Labor of Disco Queens. [Oral Presentation], 2013 Feminist Theory and Music conference, FTM 20-21: New Voices in the New Millennium, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York , 31-JUL-13 - 04-AUG-13 [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Publication Subvention AMS 75 PAYS Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
2015 Best Presentation Award The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research. Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium.
2005 Dr. Edwin A. Ulrich Scholarship in Music Music Department, State University of New York at New Paltz
2005 Honours Programme Outstanding Graduate State University of New York at New Paltz
2015 Minority Travel Grant Society for Music Theory
2017 Publication Subvention Society for Music Theory
2005 Summa cum laude State University of New York at New Paltz
2005 Marion Harding Scholarship in Music Music Department, State University of New York at New Paltz
2003 Marion Harding Scholarship in Music Music Department, State University of New York at New Paltz
2004 Marion Harding Scholarship in Music Music Department, State University of New York at New Paltz
2007 Violist in Residence International Chamber Music Festival and Institute at St. Mark's School, Southborough, Massachusetts
2004 Dr. Edwin A. Ulrich Scholarship in Music Music Department, State University of New York at New Paltz

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Society for Music Analysis Member, LGBTQ+ Study Group Liaison 01-AUG-16 /
Royal Musical Association Board member, LGBTQ+ Study Group 01-NOV-16 /
Society for Music Theory Member 01-JAN-11 /
Society for Musicology in Ireland Member 01-JAN-16 /
American Musicological Society Member 01-JAN-10 /
LGBTQ+ Music Study Groups General Secretary /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Performing, Experiencing and Theorizing Augmented Listening [PETAL] Research Board Member 2017 / 2020

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Lecturer 01-SEP-16 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2012 Stony Brook University MA Music History and Theory
2005 State University of New York at New Paltz BA Music performance, piano and viola
2008 Binghamton University Masters of Music Music, piano performance
2016 University of Music and Performing Arts Graz PhD Musicology, Music Aesthetics and Criticism

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
German Fluent Basic Functional
1984-1985 Biblical Hebrew Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Functional None None
Russian Functional Basic Basic

Outreach Activities

  Description

Co-Founder and General Secretary Link

Invited Speaker Link

Variety night where researchers become comedians

Reviews

  Journal Role
The International Journal Of Music And Technology - Organised Sound Referee

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Christian Utz PI of PETAL Project AUSTRIA
Martin Rumori Installation Artist AUSTRIA
Christa Brüstle Co-Author AUSTRIA