Bronwen McVeigh

Composer, 2018

Bronwen McVeigh is pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Science in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Rochester. She also holds a double degree in piano performance and composition at Michigan State University where she was honored as the most outstanding graduating senior and awarded the Sudler Prize for excellence in the arts. As a researcher, Bronwen has explored topics ranging from how music in Gothic novels impacted the way audiences “heard” social issues to the ways in which French artists used music to mythologize a Resistance soundscape after World War II. Beyond academia, Bronwen fuses her scholarly interests with her artistic works to create provocative multi-disciplinary projects. For instance, recent research about Italian music and poetry funded by a Presser Foundation grant inspired musical settings of Italian haikus. Currently, Bronwen is working on an installation that combines her interest in music, medicine, and history. She explores how the demands of fashion, particularly the constrictive and physically damaging corsets, impacted women’s daily activities including their musical performances, and the ways in which instructions demanding physical beauty could drown out the music they produced. Broadly, Bronwen is interested in how methodologies used by artists and members of the medical community might productively interact. 

Bronwen McVeigh – Spring Songs
for wind quintet