Beebe presented her research in French music at a conference for master’s and doctoral students.
Hiram senior Lisa Beebe, a French and music major from North Olmsted, Ohio, presented her paper “La Pape, Antechrist de Rome: Chansons Spirituelles and the French Reformation” on February 8, 2008, at the Music in Dialogue conference. The conference is held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and surveys current research in the fields of music theory, ethnomusicology, and historical musicology. Her discussion concerned Hugenot political and social songs during the sixteenth century.
“It was my first conference and I was very nervous,” said Beebe. Beyond the initial anxiety of presenting at a national conference for the first time, Beebe described the valuable lessons she learned through sharing research with expert researchers in the field. “It made me really excited to continue my education and to keep exploring not only my own interests, but the work of others,” she said.
Beebe’s research interests are baroque and Renaissance French music, which she cultivated at Hiram through an interdisciplinary study of both French and music. She plans to teach English in France after she graduates in May, and wants to eventually pursue a graduate degree in musicology or ethnomusicology. Beebe is a 2004 graduate of North Olmsted High School.