Associate Professor Musicology; Associate Director Graduate Studies and Research; European Studies - Cross Appointment
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
- Eighteenth-century music
- Opera and political theory
- Opera and the musical canon
- Mozart studies
- Music and landscape
- ARCT (Piano Performance)
- BMus (Toronto)
- MA (Toronto)
- DPhil (Oxford)
Research & creative activity
Estelle Joubert joined Dalhousie in 2009. Her research focuses on music, affect and politics in Europe. In particular, she is interested in opera and political thought of the Enlightenment, music and identity politics in Europe, music's engagements with neurophysiology to effect political change, and music in the global eighteenth century. Her forthcoming monograph, German Opera and the Politics of Sensation, 1750-1815, makes that case that eighteenth-century operatic genres were designed to play a crucial role in the formation of modern liberal-democratic ideals. She is also principal investigator for a new large-scale study entitled Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1815 funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. Joubert has served as assessor for various research granting agencies, including SSHRC, FRQ (Fonds de recherche du Québec), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and FWF (Austrian Science Fund). She held a Balzan International Research Visitorship at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford (Trinity term 2014) and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Music, UC Berkeley for 2015-2016.
- Performing Sovereignty, Sounding Autonomy: Political Representation in the Operas of Maria Antonia of Saxony’, Music & Letters 96/3 (2015), 344-389. Runner-up for the Westrup Prize at Oxford University Press.
- “Maria Antonia of Saxony and the Emergence of Music Analysis in Opera Criticism” Cambridge Opera Journal, 25/1 (2013), 37-73.
- “Public Perception and Compositional Response: The Changing Role of the da capo aria in Hiller's Singspiele”, Musica e Storia, 2011 [cover date 2008], 651-664.
- “Genre and Form in German Opera” in Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera, A. DelDonna and P. Polzonetti, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009, 184-201.
- “New Music in the Office of Thomas Becket from the Diocese of Trier” Plainsong and Medieval Music, 18/1, April 2009, 33-60.
- “Songs to Shape a German Nation: Hiller's Comic Operas and the Public Sphere” Eighteenth-Century Music 2006 3/2. Reprinted in Essays on Opera, 1750-1800 ed. John Rice, in Ashgate Library of Essays in Opera Studies, 6 vols., 2010, 329-348.
Awards and honours
- 2015-2018 SSHRC Insight Grant, PI ($154,850), Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1815
- 2015: DAAD Faculty Research Grant, Humboldt University, Berlin
- 2014: Balzan International Research Visitorship, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.
- 2010-2011 John M. Ward Fellow in Music and Dance, Houghton Library, Harvard University
- 2007-2009 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto
- 2007 Osgood prize University of Oxford for ‘New Music in the Office of Thomas Becket in Trier’, now published in Plainsong and Medieval Music
- 2007 DAAD (Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst) fellowship on ‘Operatic States: Imagining Community in Music Drama’ led by Arthur Groos at Cornell University
- 2002-2007 Clarendon Scholar, University of Oxford