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Research & Scholarship

Sarah Carter with an antiquarian flute manualIn 2021-2022, her junior year, Sarah Carter '23 received an RBI Scholar award to do independent research in the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. A flautist majoring in composition and arts management, Sarah chose to develop a guide to flute materials in the RBI. Working with her faculty mentor, Professor Sean Gabriel, Sarah examined all books and scores pertaining to the flute. Of special note were four 18th- and 19th-century flute manuals, most of which were donated to the RBI by Dayton C. Miller, a BW alumnus and prominent physicist. Sarah documented these in detail, along with a number of modern editions inscribed by their composers. Her guide will be a boon to those working with flute materials in the RBI and should help facilitate further research.


In 2020-2021, four BW Conservatory majors — Olivia Helman ‘23, Madeline Mascia ‘22, Ben Webster ‘22, and Anna-Sophia Burr ‘22, —worked with RBI Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Danielle Kuntz to complete a collaborative research project based on RBI archive materials. Through the support of a BW Faculty-Student Collaborative Course, the research team focused specifically on uncovering the many influential roles that women have played in the establishment, development, and success of the BW Bach Festival. Their study revealed, in particular, the profound impact that Selma Riemenschneider, a trained musician and wife of festival founder Albert Riemenschneider, had on the BW music community, particularly in the cultivation of its legacy of Bach performance and study. Their research reports were published in the Spring 2022 issue of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

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