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Frederic Kiernan

PhD Candidate at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

Frederic Kiernan is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, and his thesis explores the reception of the sacred music of Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745), who worked at the Catholic court of Dresden during the era of Bach. He has lectured and tutored at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and is a research assistant at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His first book, a critical edition of Zelenka's six settings of 'Ave Regina coelorum' (ZWV 128), is forthcoming with A-R Editions (Wisconsin).


  • 2015–present
    Assistant researcher, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne
  • 2010–present
    Tutor, The University of Melbourne


  • 2014 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Music
  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music


  • 2016
    Jan Dismas Zelenka: Six Settings of Ave Regina Coelorum, A-R Editions (forthcoming)
  • 2012
    Zelenka's Ave Regina coelorum settings (ZWV 128) of 1737: A Case-Study in the Transmission of Viennese Liturgico-musical Practices to Dresden, Context

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Endeavour Research Fellowship
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government