K. Dawn Grapes

Contact Information

Phone: (970) 491-4134

Email: dawn.grapes@colostate.edu

Office: UCA 301B

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Professor of Music; Music History


K. Dawn Grapes is an associate 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. Authored 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). Other peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the journals Mediaevalia and Symposium. Dr. Grapes previously served as Reviews Editor for NABMSA Reviews (2016-2018). National conference paper presentations include those for the American Musicological Society (Boston 2019, Rochester 2017, Boston—Teaching Music History 2017), Renaissance Society of America (Virtual 2021, Toronto 2019, 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 (Logan 2018, 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 (2014-2015), as well as Immediate past president (2015-2016). 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, and the National Flute Association. Dr. Grapes is the program notes writer for the Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Fort Collins Symphony, for which she  hosts a "Composer Talks" series. She is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Colorado Front Range.



Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder


Books, Articles, Chapters John Dowland: A Research and Information Guide (New York: Routledge, a division of Taylor and Francis, 2019). With Mornefull Musique: Funeral Elegies in Early Modern England (Boydell, 2018) “Program Notes in the Classroom,” in The Performing Arts as High-Impact Practice, Susan Kattwinkel and Michelle Hayford, eds., 205–11 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). “Italian Tradition, English Innovation: Thomas Watson’s Italian Madrigalls Englished (1590),” Mediaevalia 39 (2018): 343–383. “Recorder,” Oxford Bibliographies, Bruce Gustafson, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0214.xml. “William Byrd,” in A-R Online Music Anthology, Jonathan Rhodes Lee and James Zychowicz, eds. (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2017) http://www.armusicanthology.com/anthology/Comp-Grapes-Byrd.pdf. “What Would Beethoven Google? Primary Sources in the 21st Century,” College Music Symposium 56 (2016) dx.doi.org/10.18177/sym.2016.56.itm.11120. “John Dowland,” Oxford Bibliographies, Bruce Gustafson, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/ obo-9780199757824/obo-9780199757824-0081.xml. “Understanding Syrinx: Finding the Voice of Pan, Part II,” Pan: The Journal of the British Flute Society 33, no. 2 (2014): 42–6. “Understanding Syrinx: Finding the Voice of Pan, Part I,” Pan: The Journal of the British Flute Society 33, no. 1 (2014): 26–9. Reviews Review of Notes for Flutists: A Guide to Repertoire, by Kyle J. Dzapo (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), in Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 74 (2018): 444–6, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/689290. Review of Senza Vestimenta: The Literary Tradition of Trecento Song, by Lauren McGuire Jennings (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), in Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016): 766–7, http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/687702.