Sophie Benn is a second-year PhD student in musicology at CWRU. Her work focuses on relationships between music and the body in long nineteenth-century France. Research areas include Romantic ballet, social dance, notation, historical anatomy, and performance practice.
Sophie is also a professional cellist who specializes in contemporary art music. She is an Artistic Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sounds Project (CUSP), a presenting organization for experimental contemporary musicians and sound artists. She has performed with local new-music ensembles such as Ars Futura and FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, and has premiered new work in Montréal, New York, Houston, and elsewhere. Sophie is the principal cellist of the chamber orchestra CityMusic and a founding member of the Cleveland Cello Quartet. She is also an accomplished baroque cellist and baroque dancer.
Sophie holds degrees in cello performance, pedagogy, and music history from Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.