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Dr Janice (Jan) B. Stockigt
MusBac MMus PhD FAHA
Honorary Principal Fellow

Jan Stockigt completed her doctoral thesis 'The Vespers Psalms of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) in the Liturgy and Life of the Dresden Catholic Court Church' at the University of Melbourne in 1994. This work was awarded the inaugural Chancellor's Prize, and the Harbison-Higinbotham Research Scholarship for 1994. Between 1997 and early 2000, as a Post-doctoral Fellow of the Australian Research Council, she wrote Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745): A Bohemian Musician at the Court of Dresden (OUP, 2000), which was awarded the Derek Allen Prize for 2001 by the British Academy, and the inaugural Woodward Medal for a significant contribution in the area of humanities at the University of Melbourne.

She held a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (2000-2005) and during 2007 was a Visiting Fellow in the School of Music at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand.  Jan is a member of the  Australian Music Foundation. As an Associate Investigator, her project 'The Role of Music for Lent and Eastertide in the Dresden Catholic Court Church (1710-1742): A Documentation', has been funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in Europe (1100-1800).

Her research projects are concerned with sacred music composed, collected, and performed in Saxony during the lifetime of Johann Sebastian Bach, a study focussed upon the music collection of the Catholic court church which uncovered a previously unknown psalm setting by Antonio Vivaldi kept in a collection of sacred music attributed to Baldassare Galuppi. She has also investigated the organ and organists of Leipzig’s royal Catholic chapel (1719–1765), as well as  the lives and roles of musicians employed at the Dresden court during the first half of the 18th century. This led to a chapter in the book Music at German Courts, 1715-1760: Changing Artistic Priorities (The Boydell Press, 2011), which she, together with Samantha Owens and Barbara Reul, edited. Jan also has a great interest in Czech music. Published articles have appeared in 19th-Century Music Review, Bach-Jahrbuch, Eighteenth-Century Music, Fonti Musicali Italiane,  Händel-Jahrbuch, Hudební věda, Musicology Australia, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, and Studi vivaldiani. 

Recent articles include

(with Jóhannes Ágústsson) 'Records of Catholic musicians, actors, and dancers at the court of August II, 1723-1732 and the establishment of the Catholic cemetery in Dresden' in Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle (2014);

(with Michaela Freemanová) ‘Jan Dismas Zelenka and a Prague performance of San’t Elena al Calvario by Leonardo Leo (1734): An hypothesis’ in Hudebni veda 51 (2014);

'Bach's Missa BWV 232 in the context of Catholic Mass settings in Dresden, 1729-1733' in ed. Tomita, Leaver, Smaczny, Exploring Bach's B-minor Mass (CUP, 2013).