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Erica Levenson



Erica Levenson is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Cornell University. She earned a B.A. with highest honors in Music and English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Erica‚Äôs research focuses on the international circulation of popular theatrical music during the eighteenth century. Her dissertation, “Traveling Tunes: French Comic Opera and Theatre in London, 1714-1745” explores the theatrical and operatic exchanges between France and England that accompanied the flow of music, musicians, dancers, and other performers across the Channel. She considers, in particular, how translations, adaptations, and musical borrowings humorously mediated between French and English, as well as elite and popular cultures. Erica’s research has been funded by travel grants from Cornell’s Einaudi Center and Graduate School, and the American Musicological Society. She currently holds a Don M. Randel Teaching Fellowship (2015-2016), awarded to teach her course “Borrowed Sounds: Musical Sampling from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor.”