Brianne Dolce (2014) is a PhD student in music history. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musicology from the University of Michigan, and an MMus from King’s College London (supervised by Emma Dillon). At Yale, she is also involved in the Medieval Studies Program; during the 2016-2017 academic year, she completed an interdisciplinary MPhil in medieval studies. Her interests include institutional history, manuscript studies, and cultural history.
Her dissertation focuses on the high medieval confraternity of jongleurs and bourgeois in Arras. Taking a manuscript containing the confraternity’s necrology and statutes as a starting point, her dissertation seeks to understand more comprehensively the community’s population and ritual activity up to 1250. In particular, the dissertation explores how the manuscript was copied and used, especially during the confraternity’s major celebrations and feasts. She then brings prosopographical methods to bear on the contents of the community’s necrology, shedding light on the social and international composition of the confraternity in the first half of the thirteenth century.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Bri is the chair of the Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies, a student-run lecture series designed to bring leading medievalists in various disciplines to Yale. From 2015-2017, she served as a student representative to the American Musicological Society. In her free time, Bri enjoys running, cooking, and recreational reading.