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Nicole Vilkner

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Composition, History, and Theory

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Nicole Vilkner is a musicologist who studies the ways that urban planning, geography, and the built environment shaped music-making in 19th-century cities. Her research projects include the study of musical material cultures, architecture of performance spaces, and spaces for outdoor music-making. Her work has won awards from the Society for American Music, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society. She is currently working on a project examining how the utilitarian coach horn was reconceived for use in urban equestrian sports in London, New York, and Paris.

An active performer, Dr. Vilkner’s vocal career has spanned chamber music, new music, and opera. She sang and discussed chanson in the documentary Prelude to Debussy directed by Ophra Yerushalmi. Her solo work, including extended vocal techniques, was featured on the album Benevolence recorded with the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York. Dr. Vilkner has worked closely with composers to premiere new works, particularly collaborating with the American Composers Alliance on projects including Mark Thome's SHE: An opera of adventure, Emil Awad's song cycle "Paisaje" set to the poetry of Octavio Paz, and numerous chamber works by the late Joyce Hope Suskind.

Dr. Vilkner earned her Ph.D., M. Phil. and M.A. in Music History from Rutgers University, an M.M. in voice from Manhattan School of Music, and an A.B. in English and certificate in vocal performance from Princeton University. Her advanced studies were supported by the Rutgers Graduate Fellowship in Music and the Women's International Leadership Fellowship of International House New York. She previously taught at Rutgers and Arizona State University.