BM in Composition & BS in Physics and Astronomy (magna cum laude), Iowa State University; MA in Humanities, University of Chicago; MA in Music & PhD in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Megan K. Eagen-Jones earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation explores readings of the psalms through sixteenth-century psalm motets, and is based on research conducted in Munich and Augsburg, Germany. This study was supported, in large part, by UNC’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies program and by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Sixteenth-century sacred music remains a primary focus of Eagen-Jones’s research. She has presented her work at national and international conferences—including the national gathering of the American Musicological Society and the International Musicological Society Congress. Her current projects include an article on motets that blend texts from four or more psalms and a critical edition of Erasmus Rotenbucher’s Bergkreyen—a collection of German bicinia. Her article, “Saints, Heretics, and Humanist Poets,” which examines motet settings of exegetical texts, is forthcoming in Martin Luther’s Musical Legacy (Allitera-Verlag).
Eagen-Jones’s primary instrument is piano, teaching lessons and working as an accompanist. Her secondary research area is Irish traditional music; she plays tin whistle and taught two courses on ‘trad’ at UNC. Her UNC master’s thesis explores intersecting concepts in music and architecture, as articulated through the writings of Arnold Schoenberg and Adolf Loos. Fin de siècle modernism—and its outgrowth in modern Viennese experimental works—remains a point of fascination for her. Eagen-Jones is a Minnesota native who enjoys running, backpacking, and travel.