Musicology Department

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Current students

Kate Altizer was born and raised Tazewell, a small Virginia town in the heart of Appalachia. She received degrees in piano and vocal performance from Emory & Henry College and MM degrees in piano performance and music history from West Virginia University. Her research centers on animals, particularly humpback whales, and music, exploring what it means to be a good listener across species. Other interests include music history pedagogy and music and sound in movies. Kate and Professor Giovanni Zanovello recently received a SOTL grant from the IU Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education to develop methods of authentic learning in a course on sounding events in Early Modern Europe, and she is a participant in the inaugural summer program of the Animals & Society Institute.  When she’s not teaching piano lessons, Kate enjoys taking long walks around Bloomington with her lab mix, Gilda.

Emily Baumgart is a PhD student in Musicology.

Chelsey Belt is a PhD student from Woodstock, Illinois. She received her MM in musicology from Boston University and her BME (music education) from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her research interests gravitate toward the sixteenth century: print culture, humanism, the Reformation, instrumentalists, and various combinations thereof. As a performer, Chelsey specializes in sixteenth-century violin technique.

Nicolette van den Bogerd is a PhD Musicology student from the Netherlands.  She received her BM in Violin Performance, MM in Violin Performance, and MA in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach.  Her research interests include Sephardic music in Spain and Latin America, Holocaust Music, and Musical Theater.  Ms van den Bogerd has presented her research at conferences of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association and the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies.  She has given pre-concert lectures for the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and she gave a guest lecture at the University of Southern California. 

Kristen Bright is an MA student in Musicology.

Caitlin Brown earned her BA in Music and French from New York University, and her MA in Musicology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She primarily studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century American music; her dissertation focuses on artist colonies and American composers' interest in physical, intellectual, and spiritual displacement in the early twentieth century. Caitlin hails from the Hoosier State and cheers exclusively for Indiana basketball.

Christopher Burrus is an MA student in musicology. He received his BA in double bass performance and viola da gamba from Valparaiso University.His research interests include medieval musical improvisation, fine arts broadcasting, and 18th century dance music. He is an avid hurdy gurdy player and a classical music announcer/producer for WFIU Public Radio.

Jaime Carini pursues dual doctorates in Musicology and Organ Performance and Literature. She completed her master's thesis, Terrain of the Gods: Verdi’s Attila as Risorgimento Narrative, on expressions of Italian and Venetian patriotism in the opera, Attila, by Giuseppe Verdi. Jaime continued her work on Verdi by reviewing the first English edition of The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi by Abramo Basevi for the December 2015 issue of Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. As an organist, Ms. Carini participated in a public recital performance for PipeDreams Live! at Indiana University, which aired nationwide on American Public Media in October 2016. Her research interests include the nineteenth century, historical keyboard performance, and the relationship between music performance and economics.  

Carolyn Carrier-McClimon is a PhD candidate, originally from Hixson, TN, and currently residing in Philadelphia. She received a BM in piano performance from Furman University and a MM in piano performance from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She specializes in music of the early- to mid-nineteenth century, and is currently working on her dissertation about Romantic memory and Robert Schumann’s album leaves. In spring 2016, she won the William H. Scheide Prize from the American Bach Society for her article, “Hearing the ‘Töne eines Passionsliedes’ in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: The Nineteenth-Century Critical Reception of BWV 248,” published in Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (2014).

Katie Chapman is a PhD student in musicology from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has a BM in Music Theory from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and also majored in History. Her recent research interests include medieval monophony, medievalisms in the 19th-21st centuries, and the development of intellectual property ideas in the 16th-18th centuries. She also uses digital humanities approaches in her work, including mapping, comparison, and statistical analysis of both texts and melodies, and she is a HASTAC scholar for IDAH for 2016-2017. The beta version of her Troubadour Melodies Database is now live (http://troubadourmelodies.org). She is currently working on her dissertation, “Heresy, Politics, and the Transmission of Troubadour Song.”

Molly Covington is a PhD student in Musicology. She received her BM in music theory from the University of North Texas, where her research focused on early 20th-century German art music, as well as WWII-era German-Jewish composers including Paul Dessau and Viktor Ullman. She earned her minor in German while studying in Leipzig. Molly is also interested in Middle-Eastern and Indian dance and music theory, and hopes to conduct ethnomusicological research on the dissemination of eastern dance forms in the United States and Europe as a secondary research area.

Patrick Domico is a PhD student in Musicology.

Molly C. Doran is a PhD candidate from Brighton, MI. She received her MM in music history from Bowling Green State University and her BA in music from Hillsdale College. Her primary research interest is nineteenth-century opera with emphases on gender representation, motherhood, madness, and relationships between the medical and operatic worlds. Other research interests include women and music in the Renaissance and more broadly, opera productions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and performance practice.

Stewart Duncan received his BA in Oxbridge Honors Music History from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. His research interests include choral music, particularly in England and Scotland, and musical nationalism, politics, and power in the early twentieth century. As a composer, his music has been published, commissioned, and performed in the United States, England, Scotland and Austria.

Elizabeth G. Elmi is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the intersections of music and poetry in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. In particular, her scholarship engages questions of orality and literacy, creative agency, performance practice, and transmission in Italian-texted song ca. 1300 to 1650. Her dissertation, “Poetry and Song in Aragonese Naples: Written Traces of an Oral Practice,” seeks to uncover traces of orality in the Neapolitan song tradition through an in-depth analysis of written sources of poetry and music from the last two decades of the Quattrocento. She has presented portions of her dissertation research at the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference in Sheffield, England and the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society in Vancouver and the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago, among others. She has also received funding from the American Musicological Society, the University Graduate School, and the Jacobs School of Music in support of her primary source research at libraries and archives in Italy, France, and Spain. Her forthcoming article in the journal Historical Performance draws upon this archival work. Elizabeth holds an A.B. in Music and Italian from Vassar College and an M.A. in Italian literature from Indiana University. She is currently working as the assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Benjamin Fowler is a PhD student in Musicology from Helena, MT and Richland, WA.  He received a B.M. from the University of Montana, and a M.M. from University of South Carolina both in piano performance and in musicology, he received a M.M. from Northwestern. His research interests are music of Latin America, specifically Mexico, Wagner, early keyboard music and virtuosity.  He will be giving the pre-concert lectures for Don Giovanni during the 2017-2018 school year.

Kirby Haugland is a PhD student in musicology from El Paso, Texas. He received his A.B. in Music and Mathematics from Harvard University and MMus in Trumpet Performance from London's Royal College of Music. His research interests include composer John Adams, science-fiction film music, brass organology, and opera transmission, upon which he plans to dissertate. He has done research at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany, contributed to IU’s Greggiati collectorship project, and recently presented at the 6th International Conference on Music and Minimalism. Kirby is a frequent contributor of program notes and lectures for IU’s opera productions and performs with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.

Eileen Hogan is an MA student in Musicology.

Amanda Jensen is a musicology PhD student with a minor in Renaissance Studies. Originally from Missouri City, Texas, she received BA degrees in Plan II Honors Program, ancient Greek, and music from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Athanasius Kircher, music and magic before 1700, systems of knowledge and information management (especially encyclopedism), and reinterpretations of early modern music in later music and culture. 

Paul Killinger is a PhD candidate in Musicology. His research interests include commercial country music and the relationship between musical genre and commercial formats. He received his bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from Luther College, and his master's degree in musicology from Western Illinois University.

Sarah Kirkman is a second year MA student from St. Louis, Missouri. Her research interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century American topics including living musicians and composers, both in art and popular music genres; American women’s involvement in music; audience engagement with new art music; and music and memory. Prior to coming to Indiana University, Sarah attended DePauw University where she studied saxophone and earned a bachelors in music education.

Anne Lake (B.Mus. in Flute Performance, Bowling Green State University, MLS, IU) is a PhD student in musicology with a minor in film studies. She has presented at Music and the Moving Image (May 2014, NYU), the Seventh International Conference on Music Since 1900 / Lancaster Music Analysis Conference (2011, Lancaster, England) and Soundtrack Cologne (2010, Köln, Germany). She has also been closely involved in the Greggiati project since 2015. Her research interests include film music, gender studies, digital humanities, 18th-19th c. music collectorship, and online collaborative webseries, and she hopes to dissertate on the scores of the recent glut of superhero films.

Nathan Landes is a PhD musicology student from Cranston, Rhode Island. He received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory and MM from New England Conservatory. His research deals with heavy metal, identity formation, and canonization. He is also interested in hip hop, the blues, and creating broadly relevant work.

Matthew Leone is a PhD musicology student from Huntington, New York. He received his BA from SUNY-Potsdam and MA from Indiana University. His research interests include Jan Ladislav Dussek’s life and music, nineteenth-century music, film music, national/cultural/historical constructs and issues of musical authenticity and identity.

Alvin Ly is an MA student in Musicology.

Bret McCandless is a PhD student in the musicology program and is interested in American musical theater of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including aspects of transmission (through recordings and films), reception, genre-crossing, aesthetics, and identity politics. He has worked in particular with the music of Bernstein, Stravinsky, Sondheim, Lin Manuel-Miranda [there is more than Hamilton], and Dave Malloy. In December 2016, he will receive a Master’s in Library Science, with a specialization in music librarianship. Prior to coming to IU, he received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Music (emphasis in music history and literature) and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Kansas State University. On occasion, he plays the cello in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

Devon Nelson is a PhD candidate in musicology with a minor in historical performance studying viola da gamba. Ze has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Roosevelt University. Hir research interests include musical antiquarianism in Britain from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, printing and publishing, relationships between music and dance in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, and historical instruments. Devon is writing a dissertation on antiquarian music publications and their relationship to pre-disciplinary antiquarian activity in late eighteenth-century London titled, “The Antiquarian Creation of a Musical Past in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” Devon is a recipient of a 2017-2018 Indiana University President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship.

Kerry O’Brien is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology. She received an MA in Musicology at Indiana University and a BM in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include postwar experimentalism, minimalism, media studies, and countercultural spirituality. Her work has been supported by a Presser Music Award, a Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Grant, a Getty Research Library Grant, and an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Most recently, she has written for the Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, NewMusicBox, The New York Times and The New Yorker online. She’s currently finishing a dissertation on the organization Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) 1966-1971. This fall, O’Brien will join Yale University’s Department of Music as a Lecturer for the 2017–2018 year.

Brent Reidy is a candidate for a PhD in Musicology with a dissertation focused on President Kennedy's arts policies. Brent is the Deputy Director for Research & Collections Services at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. He oversees the library's four curators in music, dance, theatre, and recorded sound and helps to manage operations, budgets, and strategic initiatives. Before joining the library, Brent was a Senior Consultant at AEA Consulting, an arts management consultancy, where he facilitated strategic, business, and capital project planning for cultural institutions across the globe. He also led the firm's research and evaluation work, co-authoring studies on the impact of digital distribution on theatre in the UK (funded by Arts Council England, UK Theatre, and Society of London Theatre) and reaching new audiences through performance in unusual venues (funded by the James Irvine Foundation). 

Aaron Riedford (PhD student, musicology) received his BA in music from the University of Evansville, where he studied piano with Garnet Ungar. In 2011-12, he worked as a producer and composer for a feature film with a team of Los Angeles and Indiana filmmakers. Research interests include classical music in pop culture, music and religion, and film music.

Daniel Rogers is a PhD student in musicology.

David Rugger's research is concerned with issues of vocal subjectivity, embodiment, and sounded identities. He is at work on a dissertation entitled "Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body: Countertenors, Voice Type, and Identity." In addition to his activities as a scholar, David is an accomplished baritone, specializing in Historically Informed Performance Practice and the oratorio literature, especially the music of J.S. Bach.

Brianna Schoen is an MA student in musicology from Long Island, New York. She received her BM in trumpet performance with a minor in linguistics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Her research interests include 20th century Eastern European music, contemporary American folk music, and feminist musicology. 

Karen Stafford is a PhD student in Musicology with a minor in Early Music. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, she received a BM in Clarinet Performance, a BA in English, and a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Classical and Ancient Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also earned an MLS (Master of Library Science) from Indiana University.  Her current research interests include music printing and publishing, nineteenth-century binder's volumes, information literacy, and library process improvement.

Elizabeth Stoner is a PhD Musicology student from Charleston, SC. She holds a BM in piano performance from Furman University and a MA in musicology from Indiana University. Her research interests include Ancient Greek musical aesthetics, the history of music theory, and manuscript studies.

Matthew Van Vleet is a PhD student in musicology from Columbus, Ohio. He received his BA in music and BS in physics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research interests include drum and bugle corps, wind band, electronic music, and music cognition. He is a member of the IU Music and Mind lab and is pursuing a minor in cognitive science. In the upcoming year, he will be contributing program notes and presenting the pre-concert lecture for the IU opera production of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Travis Whaley is pursuing an MA in Musicology and MM in Organ Performance, currently studying with Dr. Chris Young. He received degrees in Music and German from Virginia Tech, where he studied piano with Dr. Tracy Cowden and composition with Dr. Kent Holliday. He completed undergraduate theses in German and English in fulfillment of two Honors Baccalaureate Diplomas. In the summer of 2014, he was one of 45 contestants in the International-Bach-Competition, held in Leipzig, Germany, and has conducted research twice at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany. His research interests include the late baroque to early romantic periods, predominately the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

Virginia E. Whealton is a PhD Candidate in Musicology whose interests include French repertoire, the long nineteenth century, music and travel, and women and music. She is completing her dissertation, “Travel, Ideology, and the Geographical Imagination: Parisian Musical Travelogues, 1830–1870.” Her research has been supported by a series of grants, including a Mellon Innovating International Research and Teaching Fellowship and a Pulaski Scholarship for Advanced Studies from the American Council for Polish Culture. She has presented at venues such as the AMS Annual Meeting, the Francophone Music Criticism Network, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. She published preliminary research on Liszt as a travel writer in a review article in the Journal of the American Liszt Society (2012). She holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (2007) from Houghton College and an MA in Musicology from Indiana University (2009). She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at Texas Tech University.​

Rachel Whitcomb received a double degree from Seattle University in 2013 (BA History, BA Interdisciplinary Arts). While her interests are far and wide, she in particular loves reading about feminist musicology and modern indie rock.

Christine Wisch is a PhD Candidate in musicology with a dissertation in progress about patronage and Spanish musical identity in the mid-nineteenth century.  She is a 2017 recipient of IU’s Russian and Eastern European Institute (REEI) Mellon Pre-Dissertation Grant and has also received support from IU’s Polish Studies Center (PSC) for her dissertation research.  Christine holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and Spanish from the University of Houston as well as a master’s degree in musicology from Indiana University. At IU she has served as an Associate Instructor for the undergraduate music history sequence and also as an Instructor of Record for a graduate-level proseminar with topics on Colonial Latin America, the Symphony after Beethoven, and Patronage & Dedications.  She is a staff member with IU’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC) and also serves as the Orchestral Librarian for the Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) in Lake George, New York.

Alexis Witt is a PhD musicology student from Boerne, Texas. She received her BM from Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory and MM from Rice University. Her research interests include Soviet film and Russian music and literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Nathan Wright is an MA student in Musicology from Fishers, Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Anderson University. His current academic interests include music in Renaissance culture and intersections of music and philosophy. He has contributed program notes to the University Singers and Summer Chorus ensembles. In addition to his research interests, Nathan is an avid choral singer and participates in several choral ensembles within the Jacobs School of Music. 

Robert Wrigley is an MA student in Musicology. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Puget Sound. His research interests include the music of Haydn, the Second Viennese School, and the aesthetics of music. He presented at the Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society in 2015.

Ryan Young is a PhD student in musicology.  He received a dual BA in German Studies and Music Theory and Composition from the University of Indianapolis and an MA in Musicology from Indiana University.  Current research interests include music, theology, and rhetoric in early modern England; politics and sexuality in the lieder of Schubert; and the development of the English Musical Renaissance.  His entry on Heinrich Isaac, co-authored with Giovanni Zanovello, has recently been published as a part of Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Jingyi Zhang is an MA musicology/MLS student.