Devon Borowski

Devon Borowski
Cohort Year: 2015
Advisor(s): Martha Feldman
Research Interests: opera, singing culture, and the voice; queer studies, gender, and racialization; early modern globality and imperialism, the twentieth-century early music movement, its complexities and contradiction

Devon is the LGBT Studies Research Fellow at Yale University for the 20–21 academic year. In 2019, he presented research from his dissertation at international conferences in the Atlantic Crossings at the Boston University Center for Early Music Studies and at the Transnational Opera Studies Conference in Paris. He has also presented his research at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, and the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, where he received the A-R Editions Award for Most Outstanding Student Paper. A former recipient of the Eileen Southern Fund grant from the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, he later served a two-year term as the student member of the AMS’s Committee on Race & Ethnicity (2018–2019). Devon was also a recipient of the Stuart Tave Humanities Teaching Fellowship for the 2019–2020 academic year, for which he designed and taught his own undergraduate course called Queer Singing | Queer Spaces in the Spring 2020 quarter. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and holds two Master’s of Music degrees from The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory in Early Music Performance (Voice) and Musicology.

Teaching Experience


Queer Singing | Queer Spaces (Spring 2020, instructor)*

Introduction to Western Art Music (Fall 2018, instructor) 

Opera as Idea & as Performance (Spring 2018, course assistant)

Topics in Music History I, II, III (Fall 2016–Spring 2017, course assistant) 

*Tave Teaching Fellowship, cross-listed in music and gender studies