Melanie S. Bookout (M.M, Northwestern University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is an associate professor of music at IPFW. Dr. Bookout’s dissertation on the twelve-tone vocal works of Anton Webern won the Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Bookout is a musicologist whose research interests include the music of the Second Vienna School, the intellectual and artistic trends of the early 20th century, the work of John Cage, and American music of the postmodern period, particularly as these are influenced by and interact with contemporaneous literary and visual art works. She has published poetry in Ribot, Seventh Moon, and with Potes & Poets Press.
Dr. Bookout has performed on the viola da gamba in international venues in England, Germany, and Thailand, and she performs in and directs concerts in national, regional, and local venues. She has published articles in the Viola da Gamba Society Newsletter, and she is a member of Eleganza Baroque Ensemble, Thyme Consort, and she has appeared with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium and Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Dr. Bookout has won the IPFW School of Visual and Performing Arts Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavor Award, and she is a member of the IPFW Honors Program Faculty. She is an IPFW Featured Faculty member (class of 2009) and has served as an IPFW Office of Academic Affairs(OAA) Fellow and as the interim director of the IPFW Chapman Scholars Program (2010-11). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Dr. Bookout teaches music history, music literature, world music, and music appreciation with the goals of exploring music within its social, political, and artistic contexts and emphasizing aural apprehension and experiences of the listener.