Ms Mirjam Frank

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PhD Thesis: 'Berlin, Harlem, Vienna: Conflicting Ideas of Heimat in Alexander Zemlinsky's late songs, 1929-1938 (awarded in 2020).

Educational Background:

MSt in Music (Performance), University of Oxford, 2012. AHRC funded.

BA in Drama and Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2011.



In her doctoral research, Mirjam explored the lack of stylistic consistency in Zemlinsky’s late songs, 1929-1938, which demanded an investigative approach that foregrounds the inherently plural nature of the interwar cultures in Germany and Austria, and their conflicted relationship with inherited traditions. Past publications include an article on music composed in Terezín during World War II for Musicologica Olomucensia, and a programme article co-authored with Michael Beckerman for Glyndebourne Opera. Her chapter for the essay-collection Music under German Occupation 1933–45 (Routledged) was published in December 2019. Her research and teaching interests include Music between the World Wars, Music during WW2, Music and Politics, The Bureaucracy of Music, Practical Musicianship, Voice and Presence, Performance Technique, Voice and Dance.

Ms Frank sings with renowned ensembles, including the Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Vienna), and as soloist. She also gives workshops for singers (stage presence, interpretation, diction and vocal technique), and for those interested in music more generally (musicianship for dancers, music history, rhythm). In 2020 she will appear at the annual Brecht Festival in Augsburg/Germany, as well as at the Grand Theatre du Luxembourg with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Vienna). At the 2017 Oxenfoord International Summer School in Scotland, she received coaching on Brahms’s ‘Vier ernste Gesänge’ from renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau. Past performances include a song recital and Vivaldi’s 'Stabat Mater' in London, as well as J.S. Bach’s 'St John Passion' in Windsor & Eton. In October 2016, Ms Frank gave a lecture recital and concert at an international symposium organized by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices in Los Angeles. In May 2015, she performed her own project 'Monodrama – Hommage à Cathy Berberian' at NYU, New York. 



Instructor for Performance Skills, Voice and Practical Musicianship (on demand)


Instructor for Performance Skills and Diction, workshop-based class (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Teaching Assistant for Practical Musicianship (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Guest Tutor for Music during WW2 (NYU Prague)

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