Colloquium: Ayana O. Smith

Ayana Smith

March 24, 2023 | 3:30PM
Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall 4th floor

Inclusive Music Histories

Ayana O. Smith
Associate Professor, Indiana University–Jacobs School of Music


About Ayana O. Smith

Ayana O. Smith is Associate Professor in Musicology in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her work centers on image, text, and music in the repertories of seventeenth-century Italian opera and African-American music. Prof. Smith is the author of the 2019 book Dreaming with Open Eyes: Opera, Aesthetics, and Perception in Arcadian Rome (University of California Press), and of the forthcoming book Inclusive Music Histories: Leading Change through Research and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2023), which is in the College Music Society series on Emerging Fields in Music. Her research on Italian opera also appears in the journals Eighteenth-Century Music and Music in Art, while her research on African-American music appears in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and in Popular Music

Prof. Smith has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the (former) Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (now the Institute for Citizens & Scholars), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (for a summer seminar at the American Academy in Rome). In spring of 2022, she was a residential fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. She serves on the board of directors for the American Handel Society, the editorial board of the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment and is completing her last month as the Vice President for the Society of Seventeenth Century Music—a role which has enabled her to implement several new programs focused on diversity in the Society and in the field.