NOA Dissertation Competition

Jennifer Graham Stephenson
Jennifer Graham Stephenson
2014-2016 Winner

2014-16 Winner Announced

The winner of the latest round of the Dissertation competition has been announced, and was awarded at the January 2017 convention in Santa Barbara:

Luigi Dallapicola’s Il Prigioniero and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul: A Comparative Study
Jennifer Graham Stephenson, DMA, University of Alabama, 2016


Call for Nominations

The National Opera Association announces its biennial competition for the outstanding dissertation on operatic subjects.

Submission Procedure

  • The competition is open to all doctoral candidates whose degrees were/will be conferred between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018.
  • Each entry should include one copy of the dissertation in digital (PDF) format and letters of nomination from the dissertation committee chair and the department head of the degree-granting institution.
  • One member of the nominating party must be either an individual or organizational member of NOA.
  • Judges reserve the right not to award a winner at their sole discretion.
  • Deadline for submission is October 1, 2018. Winners will be notified by December 15, 2018.


The author of the winning dissertation will be recognized at the annual convention of the National Opera Association. The winner will receive a certificate, and will be invited to publish an article digested from the dissertation in The Opera Journal.

Application Information

There is no application fee for the competition, but entrants must be members of the National Opera Association. Non-members wishing to submit a paper can become members by submitting an application along with the competition materials.

Submit dissertations and letter of endorsement to Caroline Schiller, Research Committee Chair at .

Recent Winners

2014-2016: Luigi Dallapicola’s Il Prigioniero and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul: A Comparative Study, by Jennifer Graham Stephenson, DMA, University of Alabama, 2016.

2012-2014: The Student of Voice and the French Baroque Aria: Practical Applications and an Annotated Anthology, by Rebecca Renfro Grimes, DMA, University of Connecticut, 2014.

2010-2012: The Language Of Baroque Opera: Topic, Structure, And Characterization In Handel’s Italian-Language Operas, by Gregory Decker, Florida State University College of Music.

2008-2010: The Virtue of Recitativo Semplice in the Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, by Sean David Cooper, University of Memphis.