PhD Studentship: Broadway Musicals of Lerner and Loewe: Brigadoon

University of Sheffield - Department of Music

The Department of Music at the University of Sheffield is delighted to announce a new doctoral scholarship, generously funded by The Frederick Loewe Foundation. The scholarship will contribute to the creation of a new Frederick Loewe Edition, in which the composer’s complete works will eventually be published in scholarly critical editions, with Dr McHugh serving as the General Editor. The awardee will edit the complete musical Brigadoon by Loewe that will be published in the Edition, supported by a thesis. Joining the existing holder of a Loewe doctoral scholarship at Sheffield, who is currently editing Paint Your Wagon for publication in the Edition, the successful applicant will also form a research team with Dr McHugh that will investigate Loewe’s works through performances, conferences, exhibitions, film screenings and other events as appropriate.

Studentship Description

The holder of this studentship will prepare a critical edition of Brigadoon, including full scholarly apparatus, and this will form a portion of their PhD submission. They will also prepare a thesis on some aspect of the work or a related theme, which might include aspects of composition, source studies, performance or reception. Within these boundaries, the student will have considerable scope for choice. The studentship would suit students from a range of disciplines, including musicology, musical direction, performance and orchestration. Dr McHugh will be the principal supervisor of this PhD, but the student will also benefit from the input of one of the other musicologists at Sheffield as secondary supervisor.

This studentship carries related responsibilities within the project as a whole. The holder will be responsible for making their edition print-ready by the end of their period of study, and will be required within reason to support and contribute to the team’s other activities (e.g. by helping to organise conferences and performances). As far as possible, these will be tailored to the students’ individual strengths and interests.

The general eligibility requirements are:

  • Students applying for a doctoral studentship should normally have, a Master’s degree, or equivalent qualification, in Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies or a related discipline. Equivalent experience will be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants should also normally have a 2.1 in a BA degree, or equivalent qualification, in Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies or a related discipline.
  • Awards are open to UK, EU and international applicants who are applying to study full time. Owing to the project duration, part-time study is not possible.

How to Apply

  • Complete an application for admission as a PhD student at
  • Applications should include a CV including academic record (max. 3 pages); supporting statement (max. 3 pages); academic transcripts and two references.
  • In your supporting statement please state you are applying for this project and outline your reasons for doing so.
  • Supporting documents should be uploaded to your online PhD application.

The application deadline is 17 December 2017, midnight GMT. Please submit your application via the postgraduate online application system by the deadline. Interviews will take place in January 2018.

Any academic/informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Dominic McHugh: (

Additional Funding Information

The award will cover the cost of UK/EU tuition fees, an annual maintenance grant (£14,762 in 2017-18) for three years and a small research grant of £500 per academic year to support travel costs. The studentships commences 1 February 2018.

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