GMA & Student Representatives
Graduate Musicology Association (GMA):
Presidents: Miguel Arango Calle and Travis Whaley
Vice President: Mingfei Li and Bridget Foley
IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization Representative:
JSoM Student Representative Committee:
Midwest Chapter Student Representative to the AMS Council:
Kate Altizer was born and raised in Tazewell, a small Virginia town in the heart of Appalachia. She received degrees in piano and vocal performance from Emory & Henry College and M.M. 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.
Miguel Arango Calle (Manizales, Colombia): Graduated in guitar performance from the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s in music theory from the University of Arizona. In his master’s thesis, Miguel explored the intersection between analysis, aesthetics, and reception history in music of Jean Sibelius. More recently, he has been interested in how non-European spaces and landscapes are represented in early-eighteenth-century opera. Currently, Miguel is obsessed with the life and works of philosopher Isaiah Berlin and likes to spend his free time playing tennis.
Emily Baumgart is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology and an Archives Processing Technician at the Library of Congress, Music Division. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Music History and Theory from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, an M.M. Music Theory and M.A. Musicology from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University. Her research centers on relationships of aural and visual stimuli in film with a focus on audience perception and on-screen musical performance, as well as practices of appraisal and access in audio-visual archives. She knows how to ask if she can pet your dog in seven languages.
Chelsey Belt is a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology from Woodstock, IL. She received her M.M. in musicology from Boston University and her B.M.E. (music education) from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her dissertation project, Re-Stringing the Lyre: Monody and the Performance of Poetry in Early Seventeenth-Century Italy, addresses the influence of poetic performance practices on the development of notated solo song. Her broader interests in music orality and literacy include instrumental traditions and maritime culture. As an educator, Chelsey takes a critical approach to Western music historiography and Early Modern cultural history, striving to design courses that decenter hegemonic narratives as they build historiographical skills. As a performer, she plays a variety of early bowed strings, including a lira da braccio recently completed by Jackson Maberry Violins. A proud supporter of the graduate labor movement, Chelsey is an organizer with the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition-United Electrical Workers. Her hobbies include textile crafts, gardening, and birding with her husband Scott.
Nicolette van den Bogerd is a Ph.D. musicology student from the Netherlands, with minors in Jewish Studies and ethnomusicology. She received her B.M. in violin performance, M.M. in violin performance, and M.A. in musicology from California State University Long Beach. Her research interests include music and the Holocaust, constructions of Jewishness in music, and music and politics, with a special focus on twentieth century Poland and Eastern and Central Europe. Much of her work is interdisciplinary, engaging in the areas of memory studies and trauma studies. Nicolette currently serves a term as a board member of the Jewish Studies and Music Group at the American Musicological Society. She has presented her work in the United States, Poland, and Belgium.
Caitlin Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology. She earned her B.A. in Music and French from New York University, and her M.A. in musicology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century music in the United States, artist communities, modernism, and modernity. Caitlin recently received a short-term research fellowship from the New York Public Library and has presented her work at the Society for American Music.
Jaime Carini, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an Ostrom Fellow at Indiana University Bloomington, where she pursues dual doctorates in the Jacobs School of Music: the Ph.D. in musicology and the D.M. in organ performance and literature. She earned a B.M. in piano performance and music theory at The University of Tulsa, where she learned to love musicology by studying under Charpentier expert John Powell. In November 2020, she participated in a tribute to Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom, delivering remarks on Ostrom’s legacy and her contributions to the world. Jaime is a frequent contributor to Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, reviewing books such as the first English edition of The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi by Abramo Basevi (December 2015). She participated in a public organ recital, performed for PipeDreams Live! at Indiana University, which aired nationwide on American Public Media in October 2016. An ardent collaborator, Jaime is a member of the Élan Ensemble, based in Washington, DC. One of her most memorable musical experiences was playing ballet class for Mark Morris and his dance company.
Freja Cole is a second year MA Musicology/MLS student from Sulphur, Louisiana. She received her BM in flute performance and music education from McNeese State University. Her recent research interests include women in music and representations of gender and sexuality in musical theatre. Freja also currently holds a position as librarian for the Bloomington Community Band. In her spare time, Freja enjoys reading science fiction, wiping out on her roller skates, and doomscrolling on Twitter.
Molly Covington is a Ph.D. student in Musicology with a Bachelor of Music in music theory from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include philosophies of musical meaning, exoticism in classical opera, and Afrofuturism. She plays classical guitar and enjoys practicing various forms of dance.
Patrick Domico is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology. Originally from Memphis, TN, he completed a B.A. in Music from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His dissertation concerns the musical culture of Russia Abroad in Europe and American from the 1920s-40s. He examines the foundational role of modernist and antimodernist discourses on musical composition in this context, as well as the role such discussions played in the construction and assertion of émigré Russian identity and novel forms of Russian nationalism. His main hobbies at the moment include tea and various games.
Molly C. Doran is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology. Her dissertation, “Representing Trauma and Suffering on the Late-Nineteenth-Century Operatic Stage: Gender, Hysteria, Maternity, and Culture in France,” examines representations of women’s trauma and suffering in French opera, focusing on the performance of hysteria and maternity in works by Charles Gounod, Ambroise Thomas, and Jules Massenet. Combining critical analytical approaches from musicology, performance studies, and trauma studies, her work demonstrates how operatic performance, both historical and contemporary, can signify forms of witness-bearing. Applied to modern contexts, her critical strategies provide insight into how operatic performance choices can satisfy collective responsibilities to engage current issues of domestic violence and women’s rights, by breaking down barriers between stage and spectator and emphasizing female perspectives. Molly has received grants to present her work at major musicology, French studies, and trauma studies conferences in the US and abroad, and she will present at IRCAM in Paris in spring 2019. She currently teaches music history and writing classes at Northeastern University in Boston and piano at the Dedham School of Music in Dedham, MA. A French enthusiast, she spent summer 2018 studying the language in an immersive environment at Middlebury College in Vermont. Molly received her M.M. in music history from Bowling Green State University and her B.A. in music from Hillsdale College.
Stewart Duncan is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology with a minor in Choral Conducting. He received his B.A. in Oxbridge Honors Music History from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, his hometown. His dissertation, “English Choral Music and Politics in the 1930s,” explores the ways choral singing and music served the needs of political activists, governments, and musicians in interwar Britain. His broader research interests include music’s place within nationalism, politics, and power throughout the twentieth century, as well as the importance of canon and repertoire to nineteenth-century choral societies. Stewart’s writing has appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Current Musicology, and Notes. As a composer, his music has been published, commissioned, and performed in the United States, England, Scotland and Austria. Recently, Stewart was appointed as a student member to the board of the North American British Music Studies Association.
Maggie Eronimous is an M.A. student in musicology.
Maria Fokina is a Ph.D. student in musicology. She received her B.A. (Hons.) in Music from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Russian music, Russian and Soviet ballet, and the music of Ottorino Respighi.
Bridget Foley is a first year masters student in musicology from Chicago, Illinois. They earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a Choral/General emphasis from Indiana University. Before returning to IU for their masters, they taught elementary music for five years in Texas. Their research interests lie in European house and electronic dance music from the turn of the 21st century and how it ties to music’s constant fight between tradition and innovation. They are also interested in music composed for media, particularly the compositional practices used in orchestral video game scores. In their free time, they enjoy playing games with friends and moderating several Discord servers.
Jacqueline Fortier is a Ph.D. student in musicology at Indiana University. She is originally from Quebec City, Canada. She studied at Laval University where she received a B.A. in Musicology (2017) as well an M.A. in Musicology (2019), under the direction of Dr. Serge Lacasse. Her master’s thesis focused on an analysis of Kendrick Lamar’s vocal performance in relation to the narratives in his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. In 2018, she was awarded the OICRM Master’s Research grant. She presented her work at the 2019 IASMP-Canada conference. Her current research interests include West Coast hip hop and history, global hip hop in the 21st century as well as music and trauma.
Samantha Foster, from Marietta, GA, is an M.A. Musicology and M.L.S. student. Her undergraduate degree is from Oglethorpe University, a small liberal arts college in Atlanta, GA where she majored in Music and Culture, as well as Spanish. She graduated with honors following the completion and defense of her thesis: “Convivencia and Music in Medieval Iberia,” which examines musical evidence of cultural hybridization, combining her interests in musicology, manuscript studies, and Hispanic studies. In addition to Iberia and Latin America, her musicological interests include film soundtracks and pop music. With that, you’ll be unsurprised to learn she once waited 13 hours in line, during a hurricane, to see Harry Styles perform live (and it was awesome). When not studying or working at the Lilly Library, she may be found dancing to ABBA songs, watching horror films, or giving lots of chin scratches to her sweet black cat, Sadie.
Benjamin Fowler is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology from Helena, MT and Richland, WA. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Montana and University of South Carolina and a M.M. In musicology from Northwestern University. His research interests are music of Mexico, eighteenth-century keyboard music, and American Music. As a recipient of the Tinker Foundation Grant for pre-dissertation research in Mexico, he spent time at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música archives looking at nineteenth-century Mexican piano music and opera.”
Monika Franaszczuk is an M.A. student in musicology.
Elizabeth Frickey is an M.A. student in musicology from Marietta, Georgia. Prior to her studies at IU, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University. Her current research interests include 19th and 20th-century Vienna, music and gender, ecomusicology, and electronic music. Elizabeth also currently serves as an ecomusicology intern for Classical Music Indy. Outside of her musicological work, Elizabeth can be found teaching yoga classes at the IU Recreational Sports Center, hosting the IU Classical Connections podcast, volunteer DJing at WFHB Community Radio, and dusting off her clarinet to play chamber music with friends.
Christine Goss is currently pursing an MA in musicology at Indiana University. Her scholarly interests include women’s choral repertoire, early music, racial theory, and nostalgia. Christine grew up in Connecticut and earned a B.A. in music history and a Performer’s Certificate in piano from the University of Connecticut. She loves cooking, hiking, photography, and swing dancing. Christine aspires to one day write and illustrate her own children’s books.
Katherine Hamori is currently pursuing an MA in musicology and an MLS (Master of Library Science) with a specialization in music. A graduate of the University of Indianapolis, her recent musicological work focuses on intersections of trauma, childhood, and dolls in early twentieth-century music. Kate currently serves as the Student Representative for the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter and is treasurer of the Student Music Librarianship Group at IU. Additionally, she works as a cataloging assistant at Cook Music Library and a musicology/music librarianship intern at Classical Music Indy. Kate is also a pianist and a professional chorister in the Indianapolis area. When she’s not studying, practicing, or working, Kate enjoys playing with her cats Hildegard and Igor, committing to new knitting projects before finishing old ones, and blankly staring into the abyss.
Kirby Haugland is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology from El Paso, Texas. He holds an AB in Music and Mathematics from Harvard University and an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from London’s Royal College of Music. His dissertation, “ Performing International Opera for Saxon Audiences in the Age of Napoleon” focuses on how theatrical institutions, repertoires, and individual productions were closely linked to Saxony’s history and its experience of the Napoleonic wars. He has received grants and fellowships from the American Musicological Society, the Royal College of Music, the Jacobs School of Music, the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs , and the IU Institute for European Studies. Kirby has presented papers at the Annual Conference of the American Musicological Society, the International Conference on Music and Minimalism,and the University of Arizona Graduate Student Music Conference. A former co-president of IU’s Graduate Musicology Association, he is also a frequent contributor of program notes and lectures for IU Opera Theater productions, and assisted Opera Lafayette’s February 2020 production of Beethoven’s 1805 Leonore.
Luke Foster Hayden is a first year M.A. student studying musicology originally from Portage, Indiana, but has resided in Bloomington since 2014. Informed by his experience teaching general music in public schools, Hayden uses a cross-discipline approach to historical music research. His research interests are centered around Danish music, specifically Danish language opera. Aside from Danish music, Hayden is also interested in music that could be considered periphery or “other.” Outside of his musicological work, Luke is an avid cyclist and home cook. He owns a sizable collection of cast iron cookware.
Emily Heiress is an M.A. musicology/MLS student. She holds a B.A. in Music from Iowa State University. Her current academic interests include music of Russia in the 20th century and the relationship between music and politics.
Jacob Jahiel is pursuing an M.A. in musicology with an outside field in viola da gamba. His primary research interests center around the music of Early Modern Europe, particularly French baroque dance, as well as hip-hop in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2019, Jahiel received a B.A. from Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program, where he designed a degree in musicology. During his undergraduate studies, Jahiel studied violin with Jorja Fleezanis and served as an Undergraduate Research Fellow with IU’s Platform in Global Popular Music. He has contributed program notes for performances by the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and has performed with several ensembles at the Jacobs School of Music. When not wandering the music library, Jahiel can be found hiking, fly-fishing, and skiing near his childhood home in the Big Horn Mountains of northern Wyoming, where cows outnumber people 3:1.
Anne Lake (B.Mus. in Flute Performance, Bowling Green State University, MLS, IU) is a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. musicology student from Cranston, Rhode Island. He received his B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory and M.M. 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.
Thi Lettner is an M.A. musicology and MLS student.
Born in Jiamusi, China, Mingfei Li is currently a Ph.D. student in Musicology at Indiana University. Her research interests include late eighteenth-century operas and instrumental improvisation. Li holds a Performer Diploma in Piano under the tutelage of Arnaldo Cohen II and a Master of Music in Piano under Karen Shaw from Indiana University. During her graduate studies in Piano Performance, Li was a recipient of a full scholarship, Artistic Excellence Award, Irving & Lena Lo Scholarship, and the appointment as an Associate Instructor of Piano. Li also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano with a minor in German under Catherine Kautsky from Lawrence University, where she graduated as Commencement Student Marshall.
Shelby Mass is an M.A. student in musicology.
Bret McCandless is a Ph.D. student in musicology.
Sarah Adele Kirkman McDonie is a PhD candidate in musicology with a minor in media studies from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied music education at DePauw University and completed her Master of Arts in Musicology here at Indiana University. Her research interests include exploring the intersections of cybernetics and experimental art, emphasizing questions of agency. Sarah and her husband also own a custom music composition business, Opus One, LLC, and for the 2021-2022 academic year, she is the student manager for Project Jumpstart, part of the Jacobs School of Music’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development. When she is not doing professional work, Sarah enjoys scuba diving, good food, running, swimming, and going on adventures with her husband, Brian, and Manford, their charismatic Shetland sheepdog.
Meredith K. Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology with a minor in comparative literature. She previously earned a M.M. in musicology from Baylor University and a B.A. in piano performance from Georgetown College. Her research interests include relationships between music and literature, 19th century French music, music historiography and pedagogy, and moon operas. She is in the process of writing a dissertation exploring how music shaped modern mythologies of outer space in the 20th century. Meredith currently works in the music library’s digitization lab and as the production assistant for the podcast Weird Studies. In her spare time, she can be found accumulating way too many library books, watching cartoons, and hanging out with her two cats.
Grace Pechianu is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in musicology from Highland Park, Illinois. She holds a M.M. in musicology and a B.M. with concentrations in musicology and violin performance from Northwestern University. Grace is interested in the area where music and literature intersect. Her thesis, “Thomas Mann’s ‘Doktor Faustus’ and the Post-War Concerto,” investigates twentieth-century representations of the Faust legend in programmatic and instrumental music. Grace presented her research on musical compositions related to Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus at the American Musicological Society’s Midwest chapter meeting in September 2018. She was awarded the American Bach Society’s Frances Brokaw Grant for an internship at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute in the summer of 2018. Her current research concerns eastern European radio music during the Cold War. Grace will present her paper “War of the Waves: Radio Free Europe’s Crusade for Freedom in Early Socialist Romania” at the 2021 AMS national meeting.
Howell Petty grew up in Eugene, Oregon and dreams of returning there every day. They earned their B.A. in general music from the University of Oregon—studying voice, harp, French, and early music. For the last three years, they’ve been working at an independent bookstore in Michigan and learning to play the bagpipes. Howell is excited to be joining the department this fall as a first-year M.A. student in musicology. Outside of musicology, their many academic interests include literature, languages, translation, and Queer studies. When Howell’s not exploring the connections between all these subjects, they enjoy hiking and playing with their two cats. Long-term goals include pursuing a Ph.D. and getting to the bottom of their TBR pile (unlikely).
Kristin Rasmussen is an M.A. student in musicology.
Tess Rhian is a first-year musicology Ph.D. student from Carmel, New York. She recently earned a B.A. in music from Muhlenberg College, with concentrations in vocal performance and music history. Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on Lully’s Armide and its function as allegorical propaganda for king Louis XIV. She has also studied Bartók’s ethnographic approach to creating a new Hungarian national music regarding the incorporation of Roma musical traditions. Tess is interested in researching the ways in which “othered” peoples and their musical traditions have been represented in the dominant cultures that surround them. In her free time, she enjoys learning new music, reading, and practicing yoga.
Savannah Ridley is a first year Ph.D. student in musicology. They grew up in Chickamauga, Georgia and hold degrees in flute performance from UMN-Twin Cities (M.M.) and UNC-School of the Arts (B.M.) Their research interests include poetics, gesture, sound studies, silence, erotic and ecstatic experience, music as a system of sense/meaning making, and exploring musicking as both a bodied experience and as a spatial & temporal disruptor. She takes particular joy in rest as a practice, the writings of Italo Calvino, walks that are altogether too long, playing with her cat Penelope, and is always ready for a good mystery.
Aaron Riedford is a Ph.D. student in musicology. He received his B.A. in music from the University of Evansville, where he studied piano with Garnet Ungar. His research explores the intersection between politics, the folk music revival, and rock ideology in the 1960s. As a performer, he plays with the Jewish band Kippah Groovin’ and rock band The Darwin Initiative. In 2017, he composed the score for Bullitt County, an independent feature film.
Sarah Sabol of Ovid, New York, began her Ph.D. in musicology in Fall 2020. Her current research interests include the Italian madrigal, the sixteenth-century motet, modal theory, the Anglican choral tradition, and the intersection of class structure and music. She previously earned an M.A. in musicology from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) and a B.M. in organ performance from Rice University (Houston, Texas). She enjoys outdoor activities – kayaking, bicycling, and hiking – as well as spending time in the kitchen and struggling through the crossword puzzle.
Kaylee Simmons is a first-year musicology Ph.D. student at Indiana University. Her research primarily centers on 17th-century Dutch music with broader applications in gender studies and historically informed performance of the early modern period. In this regard, she recently presented her work at the AMS/SMT 2020 conference. Her other interests include representations of gender in popular music of the 1990’s, as well as the role of the Occult in 19th-century religious music of North America. Kaylee has a masters degree in Musicology from Northwestern University and background as vocalist with specialty in early modern repertoire. She continues to perform, and informs her vocal practices with her musicological research. When she is not engaged in musical activities, Kaylee works as a freelance painter. When possible, she enjoys hiking back in her scenic home state, Utah, and traveling to her home away from home, the Netherlands. She also spends an unconscionable amount of time doting over her cat, Adonis.
Katharine Teykl is an M.A. musicology/MLS dual degree student at Indiana University-Bloomington. Originally from Flossmoor, Illinois, she earned her B.M. with Research Honors in Music Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2019. Her scholarly interests include digital scholarship in music, 20th and 21st century ballet, and electroacoustic music. When she is not in class or working at the music library, she enjoys reading, baking, and hiking.
Matthew Van Vleet is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology from Columbus, Ohio. He holds a B.A. in Music and a BS in Physics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research interests include drum and bugle corps and music in the American military. Additionally, his doctoral minor is in cognitive science and he is a member of the Music and Mind Lab at Indiana University studying music cognition and perception. He has contributed program notes and lectures for IU Opera productions of Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life, Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, and the upcoming production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (February 2020).
Lindsay Weaver is a Ph.D. student in musicology from Sandy, Utah. She received her M.S. in Library Science from Indiana University and a B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University. Her research interests predominantly center on nineteenth-century French opera and music culture in Paris, musical theater, and reception history. Her other interests include codicology, collectorship, and digital humanities. She has previously presented at the American Harp Society, the Mountain-Plains Chapter of the Music Library Association, and the International Association of Music Libraries. In her free time, she enjoys thinking about fiction, information security, and pretending not to play video games.
Jackie Westerduin is a Ph.D. student in musicology.
Travis Whaley is pursuing an M.A. in musicology and M.M. 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.
Christine Wisch is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology with a minor in ethnomusicology. Her work as a musicologist focuses on early nineteenth-century Spanish classical music and issues of nationalism, patronage, and identity. She is the recipient of a 2019 Dissertation Fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for her in-progress dissertation, “Politics, Patronage, and Music in 1830s Spain.” Her research has been presented at both national and international conferences and has been supported by a number of awards and grants, including a 2017 Mellon Pre-Dissertation grant from Indiana University’s Russian and Eastern European Institute (REEI) and the A. Peter Brown Research Travel Award. Recently, she worked as a research consultant on Hispanic topics for the tenth edition of the History of Western Music and its corresponding anthologies, and she continues to work for Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center (LAMC). Additionally, she has written program notes for orchestras across the country and remains an active violinist.
Nathan Wright is a Ph.D. 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.