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The William Holmes / Frank D'Accone Endowment for travel and research in the history of opera

The endowment carries the names of two music historians of the early modern period with long and distinguished careers at the University of California. William C. Holmes (1928–99), a scholar of 17th-century music who edited and wrote about operas by Cesti and Scarlatti before turning to the works of Verdi, was professor of music at the University of California, Irvine (1968–94). His Opera Observed: Views of a Florentine Impresario in the Early Eighteenth Century was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1993. Music Observed: Studies in Memory of William C. Holmes appeared in 2004 (Detroit Monographs in Musicology / Studies in Music, no. 42; Harmonie Park Press).

Frank A. D’Accone was professor of music at UCLA (1968–94), where he served as chair of the Departments of Music and Musicology. He has published extensively on Renaissance music in Tuscany and has edited and written about Scarlatti’s first opera. His foundational work, including many editions, has documented the lives and works of a number of Florentine composers as well as musical practices of their times. He served as general editor of Corpus mensurabilis musicae (1983–2002) and co-editor of Musica Disciplina (1989–2002). His The Civic Muse: Music and Musicians in Siena During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1997. A Festschrift, Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D’Accone, appeared in 1996 (Pendragon). D’Accone is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was named Honorary Member of the Society in 2006.

The Endowment was established by Frank D’Accone in memory of Bill Holmes.

The Holmes / D’Accone Endowment encourages and assists Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, and junior faculty working with subject matter associated with the history of opera.

Eligible applicants must currently attend or have graduated from a doctoral program in a North American university. If they seek to conduct research for their dissertation, they must have completed all other requirements for the Ph.D. (or the equivalent doctoral degree in any field of music scholarship). If they seek to conduct post-doctoral research or are independent scholars, they should have completed the Ph.D. within the past five years.

Previous Holmes/D'Accone Award Winners