K. Dawn Grapes

Contact Information

Phone: (970) 491-4134

Email: Dawn.Grapes@colostate.edu

Office: UCA 301B

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor of Music History


K. Dawn Grapes is an Assistant Professor of Music History in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music history and graduate research courses. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Specialty areas include the music of Early Modern England, music history pedagogy, and flute history. Forthcoming books include With Mornefull Musique: Funeral Elegies in Early Modern England (Boydell Press, 2018) and  John Dowland: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2019). She is author of the “John Dowland” and "Recorder" entries for Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press, 2015 and 2017) and a "William Byrd" article for A-R Online Music Anthology (A-R Editions, 2017). Dr. Grapes served as Reviews Editor for NABMSA Reviews (2016–2018). National conference paper presentations include those for the American Musicological Society (Rochester 2017, Boston—Teaching Music History 2017), Renaissance Society of America (Boston 2016), Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (Boulder 2018), College Music Society (Indianapolis 2015, Cambridge 2013), the North American British Music Studies Association biennial conference (Syracuse 2016, Las Vegas 2014), the National Flute Association (2012), CEMERS Binghamton (2015), and the Midwest Conference on British Studies (2013). In 2014, she presented at the International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Translation and Music at Cardiff University in Wales and in 2016 at the "Made in London" conference sponsored by the Institute of Music Research and London Metropolitan University. Past awards include a 2010 Ogilivy Travel Fellowship from the Boulder Center for British and Irish Studies for research studies in Oxford and London. Before joining the faculty at Colorado State, Dr. Grapes taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Front Range Community College, and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Grapes served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2014–5), as well as Immediate Past President (2015–6). She is also a former board member of the North American British Music Studies Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society, and was representative to the CMS National Student Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Musicological Society, North American British Music Studies Association, College Music Society, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, Renaissance Society of America, the British Flute Society, the American Recorder Society, and the National Flute Association. Dr. Grapes is the program notes writer for the Colorado Bach Ensemble and hosts a "Composer Talks" series for the Fort Collins Symphony. She is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Colorado Front Range.



PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder