John Griffiths elected to American Musicology Society

November 14 / 149

Professor John Griffiths.
Professor John Griffiths.

Professor John Griffiths has become only the second Australian to be elected a Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society (AMS).

The honour recognises Professor Griffiths’ work as a scholar of sixteenth-century Spanish music and as a performer on the vihuela, medieval and renaissance lutes.

Professor Griffiths, an honorary professor in the School of Language and Linguistics and former Professor of Music in the University, said the award came as a complete surprise.

“I had no idea that I had been nominated until I received a letter from the Society’s President informing me of my election and asking me to come to the Society’s 80th Annual Meeting in Milwaukee to receive the award,” he said.

“It is enormously gratifying to receive an award like this, particularly for someone like me who does not really work in a mainstream area of music research.

“It also contrasts strongly with the solitary side of being a researcher and working long hours without much direct feedback.”

The AMS has elected only 70 Corresponding Members since 1937 and Professor Griffiths is only the second Australian recipient.

Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics, Professor Alfredo Martínez-Expósito, said the award was a great honour for Professor Griffiths.

“This is a great recognition of Spanish and Australian musicology and a well deserved acknowledgement of his career-long commitment to Renaissance music,” he said.

Professor Griffiths will give a plenary at the Musicological Society of Australia annual conference this coming weekend.

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