Melody Chapin

Brown University

Melody is a second-year PhD student of Ethnomusicology at Brown University. Her broader interests include transnational studies and Western-styled art music of postcolonial countries. Melody’s second project looks at the loud music listening practices among underrepresented populations in the US. She has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of New Hampshire (2010) and a Master of Arts in Musicology from Tufts University (2016), where she focused on aspects of brasilidade and transnationalism in Camargo Guarnieri’s Pedro Malazarte, a one-act opera with libretto by Mario de Andrade. Melody’s research in Brazil has been aided by grants from Brown University, the Fulbright Commission, Tufts University, and the University of New Hampshire. Her prior scholarship concerned the performance and diction technique of Brazilian art song. In 2009 she received a research grant from the University of New Hampshire to study Brazilian Art Song with Yuka de Almeida Prado at the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto. In 2012 she returned to USP-RP under a US Student Fulbright Grant where she focused on pedagogical approaches to the performance and diction of Brazilian art song. Melody continues to work as a diction coach and poetic translator for those interested in performing Brazilian song in the United States.