Historic Keyboard & Piano Ongoing PhD Research Scholarship Now Open

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November 18, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Historic Preservation, Modern European History / Studies, Music and Music History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship is open to a PhD applicant wishing to complete their research with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (Perth), in the restoration of historic keyboards and pianos. The scholarship provides a stipend of $35,000 per annum and a research budget of $15,000 per annum (primarily for travel costs), for up to four years.  Applicants must (among other things) be Australian citizens, and not already hold a doctoral qualification. Applications close 12 December 2018.

Successful applicants will be rewarded with a scholarship to support PhD research & associated PhD research outputs. A normal full time PhD at our institution would run 3 years.

 Edith Cowan University has become the custodian of internationally-significant collection of historic keyboards from the 18th to 20th centuries. The university has embarked on a major project of research and restoration, including a fundraising campaign under the banner “Founding Pianos.”  The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship will be responsible for documenting and researching the restoration process, including extensive engagement with master restorers, technicians, and instrument-builders. This project would require cross-disciplinary enquiry, including (but not limited to) Performing Arts (1904), Historical Studies (2103), and Curatorial and Related Studies (20120)—especially Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202) and Museum Studies (210204). The goals of the scholarship are to:

  • Document the restoration and replica processes, according to the priorities of the Founding Pianos project;
  • Travel with the objects to get a firsthand experience of how restorers and piano makers undertake their craft;
  • Capture technical skills at risk of being lost, research lost historical processes, and investigate possible modern technological solutions;
  • Investigation and evaluation of the efficacy of the restoration process as demonstrated in performance and recording (of the candidate and/or others), with consideration of the subtleties of historically-informed performance practices;
  • Contribute to the establishment of a technician’s workshop in WA, and an historic keyboard museum.

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Contact Info: 

Contact enquiries@ecu.edu.au, A/Prof Jonathan Paget (j.paget@ecu.edu.au), or Prof Geoffrey Lancaster (g.lancaster@ecu.edu.au)

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