USD student earns Met fellowship in NYC

USD student earns Met fellowship in NYC Jayson Dobney, a masters student in music with an emphasis in the history of musical instruments at The University of South Dakota, has been awarded a one-year pre-doctoral fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Dobney's thesis on the history and development of the snare drum in America has also won him a place at an International Music Conference in Oxford, Edinburgh and London, England this August.

After graduating from USD with a bachelor of music degree in 2000, Dobney enrolled in the graduate music program at USD, which is offered in conjunction with the National Music Museum on the Vermillion campus.

The son of Bev and Dan Dobney of Akron, IA, Dobney expects to finish that program this year.

He was selected to join accomplished university and museum professionals from five continents and deliver his original research paper entitled European Influences on American Drum Manufacturing 1865-1920 at the conference.

"My thesis, and the paper I am giving in England, are all related to the history and development of the snare drum in America. I am extremely honored to have my paper chosen for inclusion in this international conference. This is a great opportunity to share my findings with other scholars and to learn from their research," Dobney said.

He will use collections, including the vast archives of the National Music Museum, to show how European instruments and makers influenced American drum manufacturers, players and music industry in those formative years between the Civil War and World War I.

The International conference brings together the American Musical Instruments Society, The Galpin Society (their British counterparts) and the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections to share research, lectures and demonstrations of top scholars in the music field.

Dobney also looks forward to this fall's New York fellowship that comes with stipend and a travel budget.

"I am looking forward to the great cultural and educational opportunities that will be available while I am living in New York. It will be a great experience to work in one of the great Art Museums in the world," he said.

While in the Department of Musical Instruments, he will be researching and cataloging percussion instruments from Europe, North America and other parts of the world. Much of what Dobney will be engaged in seems to have been initiated and nurtured by his thesis project at USD.

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