Singer Brett Umlauf holds a B.A. cum laude in Classics from Dartmouth College and an M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School. At Jacobs School of Music, she is a Performer Diploma candidate in the Historical Performance Institute. Brett is dedicated to showcasing the creative output of women religious writers and composers from medieval times to the present and exploring new modes of access to their works. Her long-form project Hazelnut Road: Vows of Stability, Acts of Mobility is a multi-sited “pilgrimage” comprising research and performance of women’s works on their respective historical home turfs. The current focus of Hazelnut Road is Kassia of Byzantium, the 9th-century abbess and earliest known woman composer with extant works. The Fulbright Greece-Turkey Joint Research Award allows Brett to study Kassia’s works amongst chant practitioners and monastic communities that carry on the living tradition of Byzantine music. She will also collaborate with contemporary artists to bring Kassia to new audiences. Brett will be affiliated with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and the Women's Museum of Istanbul in Turkey.
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