Elena Maria Șorban is a researcher and professor of music history at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy and Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She received grants from the Kodály Institute Hungary, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the EU Erasmus Programme, and the Paul Sacher Foundation. Her PhD thesis treats Western plainchant in medieval Transylvania, and the habilitation thesis debates the topic of academic vs. public musicology. Her fields of interest also include the modern and contemporary music and its didactical approaches. She lectured as a guest in Budapest, Lisbon, Ljubljana, St. Petersburg, and is part of the organizational boards of the European Early Music Festival and Summer University in Miercurea Ciuc and Musica suprimata in Berlin. She is a member of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists, the Romanian Mozart Society, the Sigismund Toduță Foundation, Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Mittel- und Osteuropäische Musikgeschichte(Leipzig), CESEMat Universidade Nova (Lisbon), Associazione InternazionaleStudi di Canto Gregoriano, andthe International Musicological Society.
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