Research Areas: Musicology
Sophie Benn is a PhD candidate in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on relationships between notation, music, and the body in late nineteenth-century and early modernist thought. Research areas include ballet, American social dance, body cultures, notation, historical anatomy, and performance practice.
In 2017, she was a CWRU Fellow at the Library of Congress, and has also received funding to undertake research at the Cleveland Orchestra archives. She has presented at conferences for the Society for American Music, the German Studies Association, and the International Association of Music Librarians. In 2018, she will present at the annual conference of the American Musicological Society.
Sophie also maintains an active career as a cellist specializing in modernist and contemporary repertoire. She performs regularly with local new music groups, commissions new work, and is an Artistic Director of Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), a presenting organization for experimental contemporary musicians and sound artists. Sophie also enjoys performing as a baroque cellist and baroque dancer, having studied under Julie Andrijeski and Jaap ter Linden.
Sophie holds degrees in cello performance, pedagogy, and music history from Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.