The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

The Lise Waxer NECSEM Prize

The Lise Waxer NECSEM Prize is an award for the outstanding undergraduate student paper presented at the annual chapter meeting. Lise Waxer was a Canadian-born ethnomusicologist. She conducted extensive research on salsa music and its Cuban roots and completed doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Waxer edited Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meaning in Latin Popular Music, a collection of essays on salsa in global perspective. This award honors her memory as a distinguished teacher, scholar, musician, and colleague. 


2019- Dylan Therrialt, Colby College, "Tradition, Inclusivity, and Participation in Maine's Contemporary Contra Dance Culture; an Example of a Progressive Traditional Practice” 

2018- Holland Rhodd-Lee, Wellesley College, “Punch’s Alley: How Commerce and Music Shape Hook-up Culture and Erotic Capital at Wellesley College”



2018 Honorable mention - Franziska Seehausen, New England Conservatory, “A Fresh Look at the Study of Yiddish Folksongs”

2017-Sayeed Joseph, Skidmore College, "We Gon' Be Alright": Mental Health and the Blues in Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly

2016-Lea Peterson, Skidmore College, “My Anaconda Don’t Want None Unless You Got – Feminist Values, Hun

2015-Walker Kennedy, Bowdoin College, "Music Streaming Services, Programming Culture, and the Politics of Listening"

2014-Lucas Avidan, Middlebury College, "A Voce of Their Own: Bongo Flava Music and Youth identity in Contemporary Tanzania" 

2013-Dante Francomano, Middlebury College "The Transaction of Power in Ugandan Musical Pedagogy"

2012-Nicole Hansen, Middlebury College, "Violin in Carnatic and Western Classical Music Traditions"

2011-Briana Murphy, Wellesley College, "The Heart of the Heartland: Evolution of Bluegrass Fiddling in Middle Tennessee"