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Holly Roberts

Associate Director of Performance Practice and Instrumental Programs
coordinator, Historical Performance Practice
Phone: 541-346-1148
Office: 975 E 18th, Rm 203
Research Interests: Historical and cultural performance practices, early music studies, rhetoric, musical iconography

Holly Roberts earned her Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Oregon, with research emphases in early music, historical performance practices, music and rhetoric, and iconography. She is also the co-founder and executive director of the SOMD’s Musicking Conference. Holly has presented her research at the Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music conferences. Her recent publications include the chapter “Divine Love, Death, and Penance in Giovanni Bononcini’s La Conversione di Maddalena,” in I Bononcini da Modena all’Europa (1666–1747), edited by Marc Vanscheeuwijck (Lucca, LIM: 2020); the article, “The Musical Rapture of Saint Francis of Assisi: Hagiographic Adaptations and Iconographic Influences” Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography vol. XLV/1-2 (2020); and “Martyrdom and the Mythical Phoenix: Quirino Colombani’s Il martirio di Santa Cecilia” (forthcoming 2022). Holly holds a MM degree in violin performance from the University of Oregon, and is currently an active performer on baroque and modern violin. She regularly appears in concerts throughout the Eugene area with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Oregon Bach Collegium.

  • PhD, Musicology, University of Oregon
  • MM, Violin Performance, University of Oregon
  • BM Violin Performance, Arizona State University


  • Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Music, University of Oregon, 2020
  • Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Musicology, University of Oregon, 2020
  • Dissertation Fellow, Oregon Humanities Center, 2019-2020
  • Graduate Research Award, Oregon Humanities Center, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Award, University of Oregon, 2017-2018
  • Nontraditional Student Award, University of Oregon, 2017-2018
  • College Level Development Grant, Early Music America, 2015-2016