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Erin Brooks
"Playing Poems, Saying Songs: The adaptation musicale in late nineteenth-century France"

Erin Brooks is a doctoral candidate in musicology at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in viola and music history. She has published an article on antique elements in the operas of Camille Saint-Saëns, which was also presented as a paper at the 2007 Massenet colloquium in Saint-Étienne, France. She presented on incidental music for Racine at the fall 2009 meeting of AMS-Midwest, and has also read a paper analyzing American sheet music during World War I on the Washington University Lecture Series. Erin is currently writing her dissertation, which explores the connections between French incidental music and the actress Sarah Bernhardt.

Tyler Cassidy-Heacock
"Two Texts, Two Facts"

Tyler Cassidy-Heacock is currently a candidate for the PhD in musicology at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to this, she completed a BA in music history and pursued vocal performance at Oberlin College, where she graduated with high honors. As a soprano, she has engaged in extensive collaborative work with student composers as well as performing repertoire by John Cage, Oliver Knussen, Harrison Birtwistle, and other established 20th and 21st century composers. She has worked with composer Jason Eckardt and coached with vocalists Lucy Shelton and Tony Arnold. Her musicological studies focus on late 20th century and contemporary art music for voice, and include perspectives on gender and sexuality, analysis and performance practice of post-tonal music, words and linguistic meaning, and issues of vocality.

Vicente Chavarria
"Poetry and Music in the Spanish Romance, s. XV-XVI"

Conductor, composer, musicologist, and Miami native Vicente Chavarria is in his first year of the Master's program in Musicology at the University of Miami-Frost School of Music under the supervision of Deborah Schwartz-Kates. He specializes in Latin American Baroque music and the music of medieval and Renaissance Spain. He is the founder and artistic director of the vocal ensemble Fra Angelico and the chamber orchestra The Sibelius Camerata, both in residence at UM. His editions of selections of Latin American Baroque music have been performed by these ensembles as well as by the UM-Frost Collegium Musicum and Chamber Singers, and the University of California-Riverside Chamber Singers. He is also Music Director of Miami-based Amazonia Vocal Ensemble, and has guest conducted ensembles such as the UM-Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Bucharest, Romania. As a composer, he has written for such artists as Chanticleer, Sir James Galway, Helen Donath, and the UM-Frost Chorale.

Mr. Chavarria received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Miami, where he minored in Spanish Language.

Heather Fisher
"Schumann's Das Paradies Und die Peri as an Example of Dual Exoticism"

Heather Fisher is a second year graduate student studying musicology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She holds degrees in music performance from Sam Houston State University (BM) and Central Michigan University (MM). Her research specialty is Hollywood film music from 1930 to 1960. Her other interests in music history include opera, music and religion, and music and politics.

John Hausmann
"Yevtushenko, Shostakovich, and Criticism in the First and Fourth Movements of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony"

John Hausmann is finishing his master's degree at the University of Louisville. His thesis is on criticism in Shostakovich's 13th Symphony. Recent projects have included archival research into a visit made to Louisville in 1959 by a group of Soviet composers (including Shostakovich), and an oral history project with a survivor of the siege of Leningrad during WWII. His other interests include pedagogy, pop music, and humor in music.

Kiri Heel
"Engaging Women in Germaine Tailleferre's Six chansons françaises"

Kiri Heel is a PhD Candidate in musicology at Stanford University. Her dissertation is titled "Woman in a Man's World, Woman in a Woman's World: Germaine Tailleferre in Gendered Musical Communities." She is currently a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow and a Graduate Dissertation Fellow of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Daniel Huey
"Textual, Chordal, and Tintinnabular Analysis of Arvo Pärt's The Beatitudes"

Daniel Huey is currently a doctoral student in Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a master's in Theory from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's, also in theory, from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. His recent research has explored the choral works of Arvo Pärt including today's presentation on The Beatitudes and also on the tintinnabular style and harmonic interactions in Pärt's Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen. Mr. Huey's work has also included analyses of Ben Johnston's second, third, and tenth string quartets. In addition to Theory, he also enjoys playing the organ and recently gave a solo recital on German and French music featuring works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Duprè, and Widor.

Meghan C. Joyce
"Synthesizing the Arts: Tennessee Williams's Applications of Richard Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk"

Meghan Joyce is a Musicology graduate student and Special Regents Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "Synthesizing the Arts: Tennessee Williams's Applications of Richard Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk" is an adaptation of her senior thesis at Harvard University, where she earned her B.A. in 2008.

Nicholas Jurkowski
"Mirroring Poetic and Musical Structure: A Comparison of Three Settings of James Joyce's 'Strings in the Earth and Air'"

Nicholas Jurkowski is currently a student in the PhD program in music theory at UC Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree in trombone performance from The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and his master's degree in music theory at Bowling Green State University. He recently presented his paper "Music as Identity in The Big Lebowski" at NYU's Music and the Moving Image conference last May, and his interests are broadly focused on music in the 20th century, and include the works of Luciano Berio and Frank Martin, as well as film music studies.

Megan Kaes
"Music, Memory, and the Multivalence of Subjectivity in Of challenge and of love"

Megan Kaes is a second year graduate student in Music Theory at Yale University and holds a B.A. in Music from Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her research interests include the history of music theory, music perception and cognition, text-music relations, and both early music and twentieth-century music.

Julianne Lindberg
"Pedagogy, Play, and 'the pianist's reward': Erik Satie's Piano Albums for Children"

Julianne Lindberg is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Musicology at UCLA. Her dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Susan McClary, explores representations of childhood in French music at the turn of the 20th century. She is specifically interested in historical constructions childhood, childhood and French identity, and the notion of "play" in music. Julianne currently resides in Reno, Nevada, where she teaches Music Appreciation and the History of American Musical Theater at the University of Nevada, Reno. An avid clarinetist, she performs locally in chamber and orchestral settings, and maintains a private studio of students.

Sasha Metcalf
"Perceptions of Philip Glass's Operas"

Sasha Metcalf is a second year graduate student in Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she received a B.M. in vocal performance from the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with both college and departmental honors.

Matthew R. Morrow
"'Reading Nature's Book': An Ecocritical Analysis of Debussy's Published Criticism"

Having completed an M.A. in musicology at the Eastman School of Music and a B.Mus. in music history and literature at Bucknell University, Matthew Morrow is currently a Sproull Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Eastman. His dissertation "'Complex Impressions': Nature in the Music of Claude Debussy (An Ecocritical Perspective)" reflects on the composer's striking affinity for the natural world with an eye towards present-day environmental issues like climate change. During the fall semester of 2008, Morrow conducted dissertation research in France, an endeavor that was supported by multiple travel grants from Eastman and the University of Rochester. He has presented research and piano performances at conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and a recent paper on Liszt and Debussy received Eastman's Fox Award, which is bestowed by the musicology faculty in recognition of outstanding research. As an instructor at Eastman, Morrow has developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses; this semester he is conducting a new seminar entitled "Debussy & Paris." In addition to Debussy studies and ecocriticism, Morrow's current research interests include critical theory, aesthetics and philosophy of music, and rock and alternative music post-1970. As a longtime resident of upstate New York, he is very happy to be able to visit southern California in mid January.

Liz Przybylski
"Screaming Poetry: Text Painting and Transference in Punk Music"

Liz Przybylski is currently pursing a Ph.D. in musicology at Northwestern University. At Bard College, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in music and French, focusing on the role of Erik Satie in early French modernism. Her current academic interests include American punk and African diasporic musics. Previous ethnographic research has included exploring djembe playing and teaching in Chicago. Trained as an opera singer, she has also performed extensively in New York and nationally.

Emily Richmond Pollock
"Language and the Operatic in Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin"

Emily Richmond Pollock is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a student of Mary Ann Smart and Richard Taruskin. She received her undergraduate degree in music magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2006 with a senior thesis on Bernd Alois Zimmermann's 1965 opera "Die Soldaten." Her primary area of research is opera and music theater in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her dissertation, "Opera After Stunde Null," will examine the generic and cultural issues facing opera as a part of the reconstruction of West Germany between the years 1945-1960.

Vincent E. Rone
"Reading, Writing, and Regership: The Musical Prose of Max Reger"

Vincent Rone is a graduate student in Musicology at UC, Santa Barbara. He received undergraduate degrees in Theology and Fine Arts from St. Peter's College in New Jersey, and a Master's of Music in sacred music with a concentration in Organ performance. His interests include German Modernism, the influence of Vatican II on the musical culture in the Catholic Church, and film music.

Elizabeth Sallinger
"Sense and Solitary: Music in the Novels of Jane Austen"

Elizabeth Sallinger is currently working on her Master's in Music Theory at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a BA from Penn State University, concentrating on academic studies as well as bassoon. She plans to continue her studies through a PhD program, focusing on music's relationship to other disciplines.

Katherine Saxon
"From Word to Music: A Poem's Journey from Page to Score"

Katherine Saxon is a composer who writes music influenced by her interests in vocal performance and early music. She received her BA from Williams College where she studied composition with Ileana Perez-Valezquez and voice with Brad Wells and her MM in Composition from the University of Oregon, studying with Robert Kyr and David Crumb. Katherine is an avid supporter and performer of new music. While at the University of Oregon, she co-founded Sospiro, an vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of music composed by students and faculty members. She has performed and continues to perform new solo works for voice. Katherine is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studies composition with Joel Feigin. She is also the director of New Century Voices, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music.

Linda Shaver-Gleason
"The Pleyel-Haydn 'Rivalry' of 1792: How a Conflict Concocted by London Newspapers became Music History"

A native of Lombard, Illinois, Linda Shaver-Gleason graduated from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts in May 2005 with a B.Mus. in viola performance. Soon afterward, she won the David Dalton Viola Research Competition, publishing "Ritter's Viola Alta: The Viola's Nineteenth-Century Identity Crisis" in the fall 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Viola Society. She enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006 and earned her M.Mus. in viola performance in June 2009. At present, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology and writes program notes for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.

Sidney Shih-Ni Sun
"Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde: An Intellectual Journey Across Cultures and Beyond Life and Death"

Sidney Shih-Ni Sun is currently a Ph.D. student in historical musicology at the University of Iowa. She received her master's degrees in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in saxophone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and in historical musicology from the Florida State University. Her primary research interest is the relationship between music and literature in nineteenth century German Romanticism.

Mia Tootill
"A New Rhetoric of Helen of Troy: Saint-Saëns's Post-Wagnerian Reading of a Greek Myth"

Mia Tootill is currently completing her Masters in Musicology at Pennsylvania State University, where she also holds a Teaching Assistantship. She gained a Batchelor of Music (Hons) in Clarinet Performance from Trinity College of Music, in London, where she was both an active clarinetist and saxophonist. Mia has presented papers in the US and abroad, including at the International Association of Word and Music Studies' Conference in Vienna last June. This paper is taken from the M.A. thesis that she is currently working on, which examines early twentieth century musical depictions of Helen of Troy. Research for her thesis was funded by Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities, where she held a summer residency in 2009. Her primary research interest is German and French music and literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Jonathan Waxman
"Musical Discourse at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1908-1956)"

Jonathan Waxman is a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at New York University. He received a Bachelors of Music in piano studies also from New York University and is currently working on a dissertation titled "The Composer's Voice in the Concert Hall: Composer Commentaries and Musical Meaning in Early Twentieth-Century America." He also serves on the executive board of the American Musicological Society - Greater New York Area as their student representative.

Ryan Weber
"Between the Lines: The Influence of Language in the Creation of Grieg's Songs"

Ryan Weber is currently a candidate for the PhD in music history/theory at the University of Connecticut. Before his arrival at Connecticut, Ryan earned a Master's Degree in music theory from the City University of New York. His research interests include a diverse array of topics including narratology, nationalism in the nineteenth century, Grieg and Scandinavian music, and the philosophy of music. In addition to his teaching at UConn, he has held positions at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music (City University of New York) and serves as Executive Director of the Black Bear Conservatory of Music (Pennsylvania).

Pui-lok Wong
"The Muted Approach: Debussy's composed reading and re-reading of Paul Verlaine's En sourdine"

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Pui-lok Wong received the B.A. in Music (2009, first class honour), and the Diploma of Musical Studies (2005) from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), where she was a student of David Francis Urrows and Christopher Keyes. She obtained ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory Certificate with distinction. During her study at HKBU, she received many awards and scholarships, including the Hey King Robinson Music Theory Award (2006) and the Yahama Asian Music Scholarship (2009). Supported by the Li and Fung Overseas Scholarship, she went to Ball State University in Indiana, the U.S. as an exchange student during the academic year of 2007-8. Recently, she is the winner of the HKBU Scholastic Award.

Pui-lok is pursuing the Master of Philosophy in Music Theory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, under the tutelage of Professor Su-yin Mak. She is interested in French mélodie in the nineteenth century, especially the works by Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré.

Matthew Young
"Musical Realization of Middle-earth: Tolkien's Culture in Shore's Score"

Matthew Young is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Texas in Austin, TX. Young received his B.A. in cello performance and vocal performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA in 2005. He studied cello privately under Dr. Karl Levine, Dr. Eric Kutz at Luther College, and Dr. Allen Smith at Bowling Green State University. Matthew was a member of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Luther College Chamber Orchestra, Bowling Green State University Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Matthew received his Master's of Music in music theory from Bowling Green State University in 2007, where he was awarded Best Thesis/Document of the Year by the school of music for his thesis Projecting Tolkien's Musical Worlds: A Study of Musical Affect in Howard Shore's Soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings. His current research at UT Austin focuses on film music in the comic book film genre. Originally from Wisconsin, Matthew currently lives in Pflugerville, TX with his wife Meggie and dog Sunny.

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