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. At Yale, she is also involved in the Medieval Studies program, and completed an interdisciplinary MPhil in medieval studies during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Her dissertation, supervised by Henry Parkes, focuses on the high medieval Confraternity of Jongleurs and Bourgeois of Arras, and reassess the identity and role of this lay religious organization within the broader sphere of religious and cultural life. Taking a manuscript containing the Confraternity’s earliest documents as its starting point, the project seeks to comprehensively understand the community’s membership from the late twelfth to mid fourteenth centuries. In particular, she brings historical methodologies to bear on the Confraternity’s documents, revealing for the first time the complete population of musicians and composers who were members of the organization. In doing so, she uncovers new details about the lives of Arras’ medieval musicians, and reevaluates the categories into which modern disciplines place them.
Bri was awarded a Belgian American Educational Foundation fellowship during the 2018-2019 academic year, which she took up at the Department of History and Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University. From 2015-2017, Bri was a student representative for the New England chapter of the American Musicological Society. She also served as chair of the Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies, an interdisciplinary, student-run lecture series, during the 2017-2018 academic year. In her free time, Bri enjoys yoga, running, and wandering through Ghent’s beguinages.