Paul Sommerfeld (Ph.D. musicology, 2017) to work in the Music Division of the Library of Congress

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Paul will work in the Music Division as a Librarian and Reference Specialist.
Library of Congress

In addition to performing reference work helping researchers, scholars, and members of the public, Paul will collaborate on exhibitions and create instruction sessions with materials from the Music Division’s extensive collections.

Paul has also had a seminar proposal accepted for the Society for American Music conference next year.  Co-sponsored with Kendra Leonard, Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive, the seminar is entitled "Music & Sound in Horror Media."  It will explore of the use of music and sound in horror media, including music within the concert hall, literature, film, radio, television, and online formats.

Paul's 2017 dissertation, Scoring Star Trek’s Utopia: Musical Iconicity in the Star Trek Franchise, 1966-2016, was supported by the Dissertation Domestic Travel Research Fellowship and several summer research fellowships from the Graduate School at Duke.  While pursuing his doctoral work, Paul also completed an internship in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Books & Manuscript Archive, which gave him valuable experience for his new position at the Library of Congress.