Associate Professor Kathleen Nelson

BMus MMus PhD Adelaide
Director, Higher Degrees by Research
Chair of Musicology Unit

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1272

Website Kathleen Nelson

Biographical details

A member of the Conservatorium staff since 1994, Kathleen Nelson researches the rich manuscript sources of musical history from medieval manuscripts to documents of Australian musical history. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, she took her BMus(Hons) on the oboe before moving into musicology. Following PhD study on medieval Spanish chant and polyphony, Kathleen has continued to investigate Spanish musical sources and is especially interested in transmission and notation of chant. Her current projects include investigation of chant melodies for the Easter text Exultet iam angelica found in Iberian manuscripts from as early as the 11th century through to the 16th century. Her wider interests have taken her into research and publication on Australian music history and the history of the early music movement.

Throughout various teaching roles Kathleen aims to facilitate the individual student’s learning and development as a scholar, thinker and researcher. She is an experienced supervisor of research students and has supervised the successful completion of many MMus and PhD dissertations in a wide variety of topic areas. Recently supervised dissertations have studied the art of conductor Carlos Kleiber, J.S. Bach performance history, and 19th-century Australian music history.

For a list of her publications go to http://sydney.academia.edu/KathleenNelson

Selected grants

2012

  • Chanting the Exultet in Iberia, ca. 1050 to 1500; Nelson K; DVC Research/Brown Fellowships.

2005

  • The Exultet in the Iberian Peninsula c. 1000 - c. 1200; Nelson K; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Nelson, K., Gomez, M. (2013). A Musicological Gift: Libro Homenaje for Jane Morlet Hardie. Lions Bay BC Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds. Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

Book Chapters

  • Nelson, K. (2016). The Notated Exultet in Braga's Missal de Mateus: Known Tradition or New Composition? In Manuel Pedro Ferreira (Eds.), Musical Exchanges, 1100-1650: Iberian Connections, (pp. 31-48). Kassel, Germany: Edition Reichenberger.
  • Nelson, K. (2013). The Exultet at Vic during the Era of Bishop Oliba. In Kathleen Nelson, Maricarmen Gomez (Eds.), A Musicological Gift: Libro Homenaje for Jane Morlet Hardie, (pp. 213-229). Lions Bay BC Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). Introduction. In Kathleen Nelson (Eds.), Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds. Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). University of Sydney, Fisher Rare Book Additional Manuscript 357: A Product of Many Changes. In Kathleen Nelson (Eds.), Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds, (pp. 113-133). Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2010). Semitone Indication in a Twelfth-Century Source of Aquitanian Notation Zamora. In Alexandre Gabriel and Sofia Vaz Ribeiro (Eds.), Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia, (pp. 7-24). Lisboa, Portugal: Zefiro.
  • Nelson, K. (2009). Seeking Early Practice for the Exultet in Iberia. In Stoessel, Jason (Eds.), Identity and Locality in Early European Music, 1028-1740, (pp. 27-36). Surrey, England: Ashgate.
  • Nelson, K., Torellas, A. (2008). Processional | Use of Rome. In Nigel Morgan, Bronwyn Stocks (Eds.), The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 114-115). Melbourne, Australia: Macmillan Art Publishing.
  • Nelson, K. (2006). Commemorations of the Light: the Exultet in Toledo Sources from c. 1200 to c. 1600. In Jane Morlet Hardie (Eds.), Commemoration, Ritual and Performance: Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Music, (pp. 71-87). Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2002). Two Twelfth-Century Fragments in Zamora: Representatives of a Period of Transition. In David Crawford, Ed. & G. Grayson Wagstaff, Assis Ed. (Eds.), Encomium Musicae: essays in memory of Robert J. Snow, (pp. 161-174). Hillsdale, NY, USA: Pendragon Press.
  • Nelson, K. (2001). Conlaudemus omnes pie and Deo nos agentes: Polyphony in a Fourteenth-century Source of the Church of Zamora. In Maricarmen Gómez & Màrius Bernadó (Eds.), Fuentes Musicales en la Península Ibérica (ca. 1250-ca. 1550), (pp. 109-119). Lleida: Ediciones de la Universitat de Lleida.

Journals

  • Coady, C., Nelson, K. (2013). Extra-curricular Undergraduate Research Training: Notes on the Pedagogical Practices Behind the Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 10(2), 1-13.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). Percy Grainger and the 'Musical Confucius'. Musicology Australia, 33(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Nelson, K. (2008). Fragments of medieval chant manuscripts at the University of Sydney. Fontes Artis Musicae, 55(1), 223-231.
  • Nelson, K. (2008). From the Republic of Slovenia: Slovenian Music History and Musicology. Musicology Australia.
  • Nelson, K. (2007). Observations on an Early Twelfth-Century Antiphoner Fragment at Toledo. Inter-American Music Review, 17(1-2), 17-24.
  • Nelson, K. (2005). The Melbourne Philharmonic Society under Contract to the Australian Broadcasting commission: Preservation and Triumph. Context: Journal of Music Research, 25, 25-33. [More Information]
  • Nelson, K. (2001). 'Living, Deathless, Timeless Music': Grainger and Early Music. Australasian Music Research, 5, 83-104.
  • Nelson, K. (2001). Grainger and the Australian Broadcasting Commission after 1935: Memories, Hopes and Frustrations. Australasian Music Research, 5, 113-124.

2016

  • Nelson, K. (2016). The Notated Exultet in Braga's Missal de Mateus: Known Tradition or New Composition? In Manuel Pedro Ferreira (Eds.), Musical Exchanges, 1100-1650: Iberian Connections, (pp. 31-48). Kassel, Germany: Edition Reichenberger.

2013

  • Nelson, K., Gomez, M. (2013). A Musicological Gift: Libro Homenaje for Jane Morlet Hardie. Lions Bay BC Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Coady, C., Nelson, K. (2013). Extra-curricular Undergraduate Research Training: Notes on the Pedagogical Practices Behind the Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 10(2), 1-13.
  • Nelson, K. (2013). The Exultet at Vic during the Era of Bishop Oliba. In Kathleen Nelson, Maricarmen Gomez (Eds.), A Musicological Gift: Libro Homenaje for Jane Morlet Hardie, (pp. 213-229). Lions Bay BC Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

2011

  • Nelson, K. (2011). Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds. Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). Introduction. In Kathleen Nelson (Eds.), Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds. Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.
  • Nelson, K. (2011). Percy Grainger and the 'Musical Confucius'. Musicology Australia, 33(1), 15-27. [More Information]
  • Nelson, K. (2011). University of Sydney, Fisher Rare Book Additional Manuscript 357: A Product of Many Changes. In Kathleen Nelson (Eds.), Cathedral, City and Cloister: Essays on Manuscripts, Music and Art in Old and New Worlds, (pp. 113-133). Ottawa, Canada: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

2010

  • Nelson, K. (2010). Semitone Indication in a Twelfth-Century Source of Aquitanian Notation Zamora. In Alexandre Gabriel and Sofia Vaz Ribeiro (Eds.), Revista Portuguesa de Musicologia, (pp. 7-24). Lisboa, Portugal: Zefiro.

2009

  • Nelson, K. (2009). Seeking Early Practice for the Exultet in Iberia. In Stoessel, Jason (Eds.), Identity and Locality in Early European Music, 1028-1740, (pp. 27-36). Surrey, England: Ashgate.

2008

  • Nelson, K. (2008). Fragments of medieval chant manuscripts at the University of Sydney. Fontes Artis Musicae, 55(1), 223-231.
  • Nelson, K. (2008). From the Republic of Slovenia: Slovenian Music History and Musicology. Musicology Australia.
  • Nelson, K., Torellas, A. (2008). Processional | Use of Rome. In Nigel Morgan, Bronwyn Stocks (Eds.), The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 114-115). Melbourne, Australia: Macmillan Art Publishing.

2007

  • Nelson, K. (2007). Observations on an Early Twelfth-Century Antiphoner Fragment at Toledo. Inter-American Music Review, 17(1-2), 17-24.

2006

  • Nelson, K. (2006). Commemorations of the Light: the Exultet in Toledo Sources from c. 1200 to c. 1600. In Jane Morlet Hardie (Eds.), Commemoration, Ritual and Performance: Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Music, (pp. 71-87). Ottawa: Institute of Mediaeval Music.

2005

  • Nelson, K. (2005). The Melbourne Philharmonic Society under Contract to the Australian Broadcasting commission: Preservation and Triumph. Context: Journal of Music Research, 25, 25-33. [More Information]

2002

  • Nelson, K. (2002). Two Twelfth-Century Fragments in Zamora: Representatives of a Period of Transition. In David Crawford, Ed. & G. Grayson Wagstaff, Assis Ed. (Eds.), Encomium Musicae: essays in memory of Robert J. Snow, (pp. 161-174). Hillsdale, NY, USA: Pendragon Press.

2001

  • Nelson, K. (2001). 'Living, Deathless, Timeless Music': Grainger and Early Music. Australasian Music Research, 5, 83-104.
  • Nelson, K. (2001). Conlaudemus omnes pie and Deo nos agentes: Polyphony in a Fourteenth-century Source of the Church of Zamora. In Maricarmen Gómez & Màrius Bernadó (Eds.), Fuentes Musicales en la Península Ibérica (ca. 1250-ca. 1550), (pp. 109-119). Lleida: Ediciones de la Universitat de Lleida.
  • Nelson, K. (2001). Grainger and the Australian Broadcasting Commission after 1935: Memories, Hopes and Frustrations. Australasian Music Research, 5, 113-124.

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