Kelly St. Pierre

Kelly St. Pierre


Fulbright research scholar



Skype: kellyst.pierre



Ph.D. in Musicology, May, 2012

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

○   Dissertation title: “Revolutionizing Czechness: Smetana and Propaganda in the Umělecká beseda”

○   Advisor: Francesca Brittan

○   Language reading proficiencies: Czech and French

M.A. in Music History, May, 2009

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

B.M.E. in Music Education, May, 2007

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL


Select Publications


  • Bedřich Smetana: Myth, Music, and Propaganda. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

○   Awarded both an American Musicological Society Publication Subvention and Subsidy (Spring 2017)


Articles and Book Chapters

  •  “The ‘People’ in Czech and Slovak Music Criticism.” In Cambridge History of Music Criticism, edited by Christopher Dingle, 440-456. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  •  “Smetana’s ‘Vyšehrad’ and Mythologies of Czechness in Scholarship.” 19th-Century Music 37/2 (Fall 2013): 91-112.

Encyclopedic Entries

  • Ottlová, Marta, Milan Pospíšil, John Tyrrell, and Kelly St Pierre. “Smetana, Bedřich [Friedrich].” In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, edited by Deane Root. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • “Czech Republic: Music in History, Culture, and Geography.” In SAGE Encyclopedia of Ethnomusicology, edited by Janet Sturman and J. Geoffrey Golson, 711-713. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publishing, 2019.


 Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Grant for Research and Teaching; research to take place at the Etnologický ústav Akademie věd [Ethnological Institute of the Academy of Sciences], teaching to take place at Univerzita Karlova [Charles University], Ústav hudební vědy [Department of Musicology] (Fall 2019 to Spring 2020)
  • Mickey and Pete Armstrong Faculty Award for Excellence in Creative/Scholarly Activity, Wichita State University College of Fine Arts (Fall 2017)
  • ARC Award for Research and Creative Projects, Wichita State University (Spring 2017)
  • American Musicological Society Publication Subvention and Subsidy for Bedřich Smetana: Myth, Music, and Propaganda (Spring 2017)
  • Harold Powers World Travel Award, American Musicological Society (Spring 2014)


Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor, Wichita State University (Fall 2015 to present; awarded tenure and promotion Fall 2018)
  • Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Music (Spring 2014 to Spring 2015)

○   “History of Symphonic Literature,” undergraduate and graduate survey

  • Part-time Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University (Fall 2012 to Spring 2015)
  • Part-time Lecturer, Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music (Fall 2012 to Fall 2013)