Megan Ille

Megan Steigerwald Ille

Asst Professor - Educator

Assistant Professor of Musicology

Emery Hall

CCM Musicology - 0003

Professional Summary

Megan Steigerwald Ille's research examines the intersections of operatic, popular, and digital cultures in the twenty-first century United States and Canada. Her work on the contemporary opera industry considers questions of spectatorship, mediation, digital intimacy, access, community engagement, and performer experiences. Her teaching and mentorship interests center on research-based writing pedagogies, using digital humanities in the classroom, and professional development in academia (and beyond) for graduate students in the humanities. 


PhD: Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester Rochester NY, 2018 (Historical Musicology and Diploma in Ethnomusicology)

Research and Practice Interests

Twenty-first century opera
Voice and the Body
Digital Cultures
Children's Music and Media
Community Music Practice
Writing Pedagogy
Digital Humanities 


Peer Reviewed Publications

Megan Steigerwald Ille (2021. ) “‘Live’ in the Limo: Remediating Voice and Performing Spectatorship in Twenty-First Century Opera." .The Opera Quarterly, , 36 (1 ) ,pre-print.

Megan Steigerwald Ille (2020. ) "Negotiating Convention: Pop-Ups and Populism at the San Francisco Opera" .Journal of the Society of American Music, , 14 (3 ) ,419-450

Megan Steigerwald Ille (2021. ) The Operatic Ear: Mediating Aurality.Sound, Stage, Screen, , 1 (1 ) ,119-43 More Information

Published Books

Megan Steigerwald Ille (In progress) Opera for Everyone: Experimenting with American Opera in the Digital Age .University of Michigan Press

Book Chapter

Megan Steigerwald Ille “Opera for the Anthropocene: Automobility, Urban Space, and The Industry’s Hopscotch." Opera in Flux .

Post Graduate Training and Education

2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Studies, American Culture Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis, , St. Louis, MO