James Grier named Guggenheim Fellow

Musicologist James Grier has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship – one of just seven Canadians among 173 global scholars, writers and artists.

The Music History professor is a world-renowned scholar in the origins of musical literacy, specifically in the evolution of ‘plainsong’ medieval music dating from AD 800-1100.

The Guggenheim Foundation chose this year’s winners – appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise – from among 3,000 applicants. Since 1925, the foundation has granted more than $375 million to more than 180,000 individuals, including Nobel and poet laureates, Pulitzer Prize and Turing Award winners.

“This is a high point in an academic career that has, so far, spanned more than three decades,” Grier said. “It’s more than a compliment to be considered a peer of these internationally accomplished people. It’s a real honour.”

Read full article (via Western News, April 13, 2020)