Center for Excellence in World Arts


Eduard Alekseyev Scholarship for World Arts

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The Alekseyevs – Eduard and Zoya – with Robin Harris (Malden, MA, April 2015)

For students who have demonstrated, through a period of fieldwork, outstanding potential for a future as an Arts Specialist.

Dr. Eduard Alekseyev (b. 1937) received his PhD and Doctor of Science degrees in ethnomusicology from the All Union Institute of Art Studies in Moscow. For forty years, he conducted intensive musical fieldwork in various republics of the former Soviet Union, becoming particularly known for his expertise in the musical cultures of Siberia. From 1972-1992 he was Chairman of the All-Union Folklore Commission of the Union of Soviet Composers. He also served as Founder of the Department of General Theory of Folklore at the Institute for Art Studies. Dr. Alekseyev is the author of more than 100 publications, including the books A Study of the Origins of Modality (1976), Early Folklore Intonation: Aspects of Pitch (1986), Folklore in the Context of Modern Culture (1988), and Notating folk music: Theory and practice (1990).

Dr. Alekseyev emigrated from Russia in 1997 and currently lives in Malden, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He has a rich connection with Dr. Robin Harris, professor and director of CEWA. For the last decade, their collaborative projects have deepened Dallas International’s connections with a global community of scholars. Dr. Harris writes:

Professor Alekseyev’s mentoring has deeply impacted my life. In addition to the joy that such a friendship brings, working with him on various aspects of my dissertation and book projects greatly enriched my understanding of the Soviet historical context, of Sakha music, and of the epic song and storytelling genre of olonkho in particular. 

Most importantly, I have appreciated the spiritual values that we share. He has inspired me with his humility, scholarly inquisitiveness, and loyalty, profoundly demonstrated by his dedication to “giving back” to both his field collaborators and his many students. He has modeled a generous, kind, and unpretentious life of scholarship.

It is my privilege to launch this scholarship for the benefit of World Arts students who have demonstrated, through a period of fieldwork, outstanding potential for a future as an Arts Specialist. It is my hope that this scholarship will encourage recipients to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Eduard Alekseyev, achieving excellence both in the classroom and on the field.

Please consider a gift to the Eduard Alekseyev Scholarship for World Arts.

See the festschrift for Dr. Alekseyev’s 75th birthday, published in the Dallas International Electronic Notes Series.

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