Gina Bombola

Instructor in Musicology
Jarvis Hall 324 | 817-257-4841


Ph.D.-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MM-University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
BM-Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

History of Western Music I
History of Western Music II
Bibliography and Research Techniques
World Music

Areas of Focus

Film music, vocality studies, opera, American popular culture

“Turning a Prima Donna into a ‘Female Tarzan’: Hollywood, Opera, and Race in Hitting a New High (1937),” American Musicological Society, Rochester, NY, November 2017

“Cold Voices and Warm Bodies: Gender, Technology, and the Racialized ‘Other’ in Hollywood Musicals, 1934 ̶ 1945,” Feminist Theory and Music Conference, San Francisco, July 2017

“Piecing Together a Film’s Production and Reception: ‘Alternative’ Archival Sources and Columbia Pictures’ One Night of Love (1934),” Sources and Archives in Screen Sound Studies Symposium, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK, June 2017

“Turning Prima Donnas into ‘Female Tarzans’: Opera and Race in RKO Pictures’ Hitting a New High (1937),” Music and the Moving Image, New York, May 2017

“Domesticizing Opera: Adolescent Voices in Classic Hollywood Cinema,” The Society for American Music, Montreal, Canada, March 2017

“What’s in a Name? From There’s Magic in Music to The Hard-Boiled Canary: Music Appreciation and Marketing in the Movies,” The Society for American Music, Boston, MA, March 2016

“‘Today’s Songbird Must Have Optical Appeal’: Hollywood Constructs the Prima Donna Ideal,” Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, Chapel Hill, NC, November 2015

“‘Heavyweight Diva is Passé’: Hollywood’s Influence on Opera’s Prima Donna,” The 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, France, July 2015

“‘Art is Art—but Heft is Heft’: How Hollywood Fashioned the Modern Opera Diva in One Night of Love (1934),” The Society for American Music, Sacramento, CA, March 2015

“Avoid Leitmotifs in the Films—Unless It Happens to be a Psychological Melodrama: Aaron Copland and The Heiress (1949),” Aaron Copland and the American Cultural Imagination Symposium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 2014

Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017)

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Completion Fellowship (American Musicological Society, 2016 ̶ 2017)

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Library (University of California, Los Angeles, Summer 2014)

James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship in Music at the Library of Congress (Summer 2012)

American Musicological Society (AMS)

Society for American Music (SAM)