School of Music Graduate Student chosen to present paper at International Conference

Júlia Coelho

Júlia Coelho 

Susan Worstell

MU School of Music graduate student Júlia Coelho (MM-Vocal Performance and MA-Musicology, ’17) will travel to Italy this summer to present her paper, “Claudio Monteverdi e La Favola d’Orfeo: Character Construction and Depiction of Emotion”, at the international conference: The Making of a Genius: Claudio Monteverdi from Cremona to Mantu where every year many worldwide Monteverdi scholars meet and present papers.  More information about the conference may be found at

Coelho’s paper was initially part of her MA musicology thesis and developed into an independent project for the conference.  Coelho was very pleased to be selected for this honor.  She commented, “Having been accepted to present my work in such a prestigious conference was an unexpected surprise that I received with great joy. It represents an opportunity to connect with Early Music scholars who can provide crucial guidance and feedback for current and future research in my doctoral study and for projects as an aspiring scholar-performer in the early music field. The abstract was submitted to this conference after encouragement from Dr. [Judith] Mabary, to whom I am grateful for the continually excellent and valuable help through these years at MU.”  

Dr. Mabary has advised Coelho on her thesis for her MA in Musicology and facilitated a meeting with Coelho and Dr. Jeffrey Kurtzman, a renowned Monteverdi scholar, who is providing valuable help in her research for the thesis and for this conference. Dr. Mabary reports that "Júlia is one of the most diligent, hard-working students with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I am thrilled that she has the opportunity to present her work at an international conference so early in her career. It is an excellent venue to begin a network that will no doubt serve her well in the future as she continues to pursue her research on Monteverdi and early music in general." 

Coelho, an international student from Portugal, is expected to graduate this year with her MA in Musicology as well as an MM in vocal performance.  She plans to work toward a PhD in musicology after graduating from Mizzou. The School of Music is very proud that Coelho was chosen for this prestigious honor and we look forward to hearing about the presentation upon her return from the conference.