New Drinko Fellowship Awarded April 20, 2024

Dr. Vicki Stroeher (pictured), a professor of music at Marshall University, has been named the university’s 29th Distinguished John Deaver Drinko Fellow.  

The Drinko Fellowship is the university’s highest recognition for faculty and includes a stipend, re-assigned time from teaching and other financial and clerical support for two years. Drinko Fellows undertake research, special projects, or other scholarly pursuits on behalf of the university. 

Stroeher earned her Ph.D. in 1994 in musicology with a specialization in music theory from the University of North Texas.  She is the coordinator of Music History and Literature and program director for Marshall’s School of Music and serves as faculty advisor for the Marshall chapter of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. Stroeher has a long and impressive record of community outreach and engagement in her field. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music history at Marshall. 

A recipient of the 2018 C.B. Oldman Prize that is awarded by the International Association of Music Libraries and Documentation Centres of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Stroeher also received Marshall’s Distinguished Scholars and Artists Award in 2023. 

Stroeher’s work on Benjamin Britten illuminates the way in which art music addresses the plight of the individual who is forced to confront war, nationalism, and other perils of modernity. According to Stroeher, Britten imbued remarkable “humanness in his music, expressing with it the very qualities that make us all human, from our innocence to our arrogance to our passion and our coldness.” 

Stroeher has edited two books about Britten, including Benjamin Britten in Context, along with Justin Vickers, as well as My Beloved Man: The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, with Nicholas Clark and Jude Brimmer. 

She will present the results of her fellowship work at the university’s 2026 Drinko Symposium. 

See the full news release here.


Dr. Stroeher receiving her Drinko Fellow medallion from Dr. Montserrat Miller, Drinko Academy Executive Director, at the Drinko Fellows Symposium on April 20, 2024.

27th Drinko Fellow Featured at Symposium Dinner, April 20, 2024

Dr. Habiba Chirchir, Associate Professor of Anatomy, delivering her lecture “Bones: How the Deep Past Informs the Present.”


Coming May 2025

The 28th Drinko Fellow, Dr. Eric Lassiter, will be giving the Drinko Symposium Keynote Presentation covering his Drinko Fellowship research on collaborative ethnography.


For More information on the Drinko Fellows, click here.

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