Holly Chung is a third-year Ph.D. student in Music History. Her research interests center on French music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the music of Ravel and Debussy. In addition, she is interested in exploring questions of musical shape and form, projections of the “exotic” and “oriental,” and the work of women composers and teachers in this period.
She studied piano in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Tomoko Hagiwara and continues her performance studies at Yale. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Music and French and Francophone Studies from Columbia University. Her senior thesis, written under the direction of Prof. Walter Frisch, explored cyclic procedures in Ravel’s String Quartet. She has also completed graduate work at McGill University, where she served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate music history survey, a research assistant to Profs. Steven Huebner and Heidi Epstein, and the resident program annotator.
This year, she joins eleven of her peers across several disciplines as the recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, which provides for study toward a special interdisciplinary concentration in the humanities at Yale, whose current theme reflects on modernism circa 1900. The “Circa 1900” Mellon Concentration will be chaired by three faculty members: Profs. Katie Trumpener (English and Comparative Literature), Rudiger Campe (German), and Howard Bloch (French). She looks forward to working with the faculty committee and her colleagues in exploring this fascinating topic and making progress on her dissertation research.