University of Richmond Senior Awarded Travel Grant from the American Musicological Society

November 2, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — UR senior Faith Pinckney is a recipient of the 2020 Eileen Southern Travel Grant awarded by the American Musicological Society.

Presented annually by the American Musicology Society's Committee on Cultural Diversity, the Eileen Southern Travel Grant is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students underrepresented in the field of musicology. It provides funds to support travel and lodging expenses for recipients to attend the AMS Annual Meeting, which exposes students to the various aspects of the field of musicology. 

Pinckney is a senior and Bonner Scholar at UR. Her areas of interest include music in sports, African American music, and disabilities studies in music. 

“Faith was chosen for this award because of her excellent work here at UR and her potential to be an exceptional future member of the field,” said music professor Joanna Love, who nominated Pinckney for the grant. “Her research, interests, and experiences exemplify the aims of this award as she focuses on the music and sounds of marginalized communities.” 

The AMS annual meeting offers a number of opportunities including introductions to representatives of graduate programs in musicology, future colleagues and mentors, and chances to attend a variety of concerts.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's annual meeting in November will be held virtually, and AMS will offer online mentoring to grant recipients. Pinckney will have the opportunity to attend the 2021 American Musicological Society meeting in Chicago.

"Eileen Southern was an exceptional musician and scholar who significantly impacted the preservation, documentation, and teachings of African American musical traditions,” said Pinckney. “It is an honor to have been selected as a grant recipient, and I am thankful to God for the amount of support and guidance UR’s Music Department has given me throughout this journey."