Sherry Lee, Ph. D
Associate Professor, Music History and Culture             
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B.Mus. (Western University)
M.A. - Musicology (Western University)
Ph.D. - Musicology (University of British Columbia)


Sherry Lee's research and teaching interests include music and culture in fin-de-siècle Vienna, opera and modernism, music and technology, and the musical thought of Theodor W. Adorno. Her work is informed by literary and critical theory, gender studies, philosophy and aesthetics. Winner of the Westrup Prize, the Philip Brett Award, and the AMS50 Fellowship from the American Musicological Society, she has twice been a fellow of the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, and has held several grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Jackman Humanities Institute. She is an Associate of Trinity College and a co-organizer of the Opera Exchange symposium series devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of opera. Her book Adorno at the Opera is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.


Selected Publications

“Modernist Opera’s Stigmatized Subjects.” The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, ed. Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Neil Lerner, and Joseph Straus. Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2014).

“Franz Schreker and the End of Opera.” Franz Schreker et son temps, ed. Mathieu Schneider. Paris: Éditions Hermann (2014).

“Narrative, Performance, and Impossible Voice in Mahler’s Das klagende Lied.19th-Century Music 35/1 (September 2011), 72-89.

“‘Alles was ist, endet’: On Dramatic Text, Absolute Music, Adorno and Wagner’s Ring.”University of Toronto Quarterly 79/3 (2010): 922-940.

“‘Deinen Wuchs wie Musik’: Portraits and the dynamics of seeing in Berg’s operatic sphere.” In Alban Berg and His World, ed. Christopher Hailey, Princeton University Press, 2010, 163-94.

“The Other in the Mirror, or Recognizing the Self: Wilde’s and Zemlinsky’s Dwarf.” Music & Letters 91/2 (2009): 198-223.

“A Florentine Tragedy, or Woman as Mirror.” Cambridge Opera Journal18/1 (March 2006): 33-58.

“A Minstrel in a World Without Minstrels: Adorno and the Case of Schreker.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 58/3 (Fall 2005): 637-94.