Alumnus Named Fulbright Scholar

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The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded Justin Vickers (DMA '11) a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to conduct research at University of Surrey, Guildford, in the United Kingdom.

An associate professor and artist teacher of voice in the School of Music at Illinois State, Vickers will conduct research at the BBC Written Archives, Archives of the Royal Opera House, and the Britten-Pears Foundation, and complete the manuscript for his extensive monograph The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts: A History of the Britten and Pears Era, 1948-1986 (The Boydell Press). He will also host a conference on Postwar Festival Culture in the British Isles at the University of Surrey and will lead seminars and masterclasses on the creative and commissioning processes related to modern song cycles and opera with students of the University of Surrey and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Vickers will also perform in recital appearances throughout England while in residence and will collaborate on programming with the Britten-Pears Foundation and Benjamin Britten’s home at The Red House, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

“I am honored to join this illustrious cohort of past and current Fulbright Scholars,” Vickers said. “It has always been one of my dreams to win a Fulbright to the UK, and I am thrilled that this opportunity will allow me to finish my book on Britten’s and Pears’s Aldeburgh Festival and to experience an extended period of residency in England.”

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