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Megan Varvir Coe


[Varvir Coe, Megan]
  • Lecturer


Megan Varvir Coe is an adjunct lecturer in music history at The University of Texas at Arlington.  She completed her Ph.D. in musicology at The University of North Texas and earned previous degrees from Austin College (B.A., history and music with honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Texas Woman’s University (M.A., vocal performance).  Her dissertation, “Composing Symbolism’s Musicality of Language in fin-de-siècle France,” explores the influence of literary Symbolism on musical composition and dramatic practice in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century France.  In conjunction with her dissertation research, she developed with Dr. Clair Rowden of Cardiff University an on-line edited dossier of primary sources entitled the “Parisian Salomés Collection” for the Francophone Music Criticism Project. 

Dr. Varvir Coe has presented her research at national and international conferences; recent conferences include the Transnational Opera Studies Conference (Bern, 2017), Rethinking the Dynamics of Musical Nationalism Conference (Amsterdam, 2017), and the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Rochester, 2017).   Honors include Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in Music History (2012), awarded by the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology at the UNT College of Music, and the Hewitt-Oberdoerffer Award for Best Student Paper (2010), awarded by the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. 

Dr. Varvir Coe’s research interests include opera and dance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, musical culture in France at the fin-de-siècle, and the interrelationships between music, language, literature, and dance.  Other research interests include popular music in the 1980s, music history pedagogy, intermediality and performance, and issues of identity in music.  Dr. Varvir Coe is an active member of the American Musicological Society and its Music and Dance Study Group and currently serves as its secretary.  She is also a member of the College Music Society and the Francophone Music Criticism Network.  Dr. Varvir Coe’s article, “Musicality of Language and ‘Corporeal Writing’ in La Tragédie de Salomé (1907),” was published in the spring 2017 issue of Dance Chronicle.