Williams College Professor Wins Major Publication Award from American Musicological Society

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 21, 2016—At the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society on Nov. 5 in Vancouver, Canada, Williams College Professor of Music W. Anthony Sheppard received the H. Colin Slim Award for his article “Puccini and the Music Boxes,” which appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association in spring 2015. He was also named Series Editor for the prestigious AMS Studies in Music book series published by Oxford University Press.

The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career. Sheppard’s article was selected for open access publication and is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02690403.2015.1008863

Sheppard is the first scholar at a liberal arts college to receive this award.  In 2002 he received the AMS Alfred Einstein Award for best article published by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.

Sheppard’s five-year term as series editor begins immediately. AMS Studies in Music publishes outstanding and innovative musicological scholarship drawn from the widest possible range of perspectives and areas of inquiry that will appeal to a broad scholarly audience. Sheppard has just completed his term as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Musicological Society.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.