Encompassing much more than music history, the Musicology Program at Northwestern approaches music as a social activity shaped by aesthetic movements and intellectual theories – in essence, the humanistic study of music in culture.

Students are invited to view music through an interdisciplinary lens to reveal cultural contexts and meanings not accessible through the study of music notation alone. By integrating the perspectives of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, the program trains open-minded yet critical scholars adaptable to varied repertoires and academic strategies, in an atmosphere of collegiality and peer support.

The graduate student support provided to PhD students includes year-round tuition and stipend and fully subsidized health insurance.

About the Musicology Program

The internationally-renowned musicology faculty is the program’s greatest asset.

Their collective expertise covers all periods of traditional music history as well as neglected geographies that are gaining increasing prominence in the field, such as the former Soviet Republics, Spain, Britain, the Middle East, and Latin America. A particular program strength is eighteenth-century studies. All of these areas, coupled with Northwestern’s historic strength in African and African-American studies, create a group of specializations that is unique to Northwestern.

The PhD degree program is truly interdisciplinary in design, requiring coursework in a cognate area in the humanities or social sciences. The musicology coursework reflects the wide interests of the faculty and its interdisciplinary approaches. Students are regular presenters of academic papers at regional, national, and international conferences, and have received prestigious fellowships and awards, as well as academic placements, after graduation.

The Musicology Program is enhanced by its location at a major research university and within a prominent school of music. Because the University is dedicated to interdisciplinary study, the Musicology program gains support from a campus-wide network of scholars who are open to collaboration. A vibrant performance culture includes more than 400 concerts each year. Students also benefit from the multi-faceted scholarly community, research libraries, and thriving musical cultures of both Evanston and Chicago.

Northwestern University Music Library

Among the largest music collections in the U.S., the Northwestern University Music Library has an unmatched strength in 20th century and contemporary classical music, and holds at least one copy of nearly every new score published since 1945.

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Degree Information

Bachelor’s Degrees

The Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in musicology combines broad training in the field of music history with limited performance study. The curriculum provides a balanced exposure to music of all periods and offers studies in the analysis of music, foreign language, ethnomusicology, and related areas.
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The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree permits a wider selection of liberal arts courses, but less time for musical performance.
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The Bachelor of Science in Music degree is a non-admitting degree and is identical to the BA degree with the exception of no foreign language requirement and no senior project requirement.
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Master of Music

The MM in Musicology is a one-year intensive, comprehensive degree that immerses students in all periods of Western music history as well as select topics in popular and global music. The course of study also introduces students to current research methods in Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

The Master of Music requires the completion of 12 courses (4 each quarter), normally during a residency of one year. The terminal requirement is the public professional presentation of original research completed in the course of study for the degree.
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PhD in Music

The PhD in Music with musicology specialization exposes students to a variety of musical styles and research methods. Although the program offers advanced degrees only in Western studies, students are encouraged to take courses in ethnomusicology. Admission is selective and the department is small so that students have easy access to the faculty. All students receive full tuition and a living stipend so that they may fully devote themselves to research and study.

The degree requires 18 courses beyond the MM degree, 3 each quarter during the two years of residency. The terminal requirement involves language proficiency in two European languages, a comprehensive examination in music history and theory, and a dissertation.

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Musicology PhD Students

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OliviaCacchione2021@u.northwestern.edu

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OliviaCacchione2021@u.northwestern.edu

Olivia Cacchione is a second year PhD student in musicology. She holds Master's degrees from University of Washington in Harp Performance and Music History. Her research focuses on American popular culture throughout the long twentieth century, with an emphasis on musical intersections with the occult and supernatural in practice and representation. Additionally, she pursues interests in gender and sexuality studies, film studies, and critical theory. Her interest in gender and American country and folk music has led to research on the use of commercial country music in twenty-first century advertising, and she has presented this research at meetings of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society regional conference. When she is not studying music, she enjoys reading crime novels and riding her bike.

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jennaharmon2017@u.northwestern.edu

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jennaharmon2017@u.northwestern.edu

Jenna Harmon is a PhD candidate (ABD) in musicology, and is enrolled in Northwestern’s Gender and Sexualities Studies Certificate program. She holds degrees in musicology (MA, Northwestern) and music (BA, Drake University). With the support of a Fulbright Fellowship to France (2016-2017), she has conducted research towards her dissertation project on the intersection of music, politics, and pornography in obscene media printed in Paris in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Jenna has presented at the local and national levels, including at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for French Historical Studies, and is published in the selected proceedings of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. In addition to her research and teaching, she also enjoys playing with the Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble.

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kylekaplan2014@u.northwestern.edu

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kylekaplan2014@u.northwestern.edu

Kyle Kaplan is a PhD candidate in Musicology and a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellow with the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. He holds a BA from UCLA in Music History and an MA from McGill University in Musicology with an emphasis in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. His dissertation, "Music, Intimacy, and International Homosexual Collaborations, 1957-1963," reconstructs the social and creative networks of composers such as Henze, Barber, Britten, and Poulenc. This project documents their interest in 19th century aesthetics in counterpoint with Adorno's contemporaneous writings on aesthetics, ethics, and intimacy. Further research projects consider the soundtrack's of gay experimental erotic cinema and the biopolitics of music and modernist dance. The first of these will appear in article form as part of the 2018 special issue of Women and Music titled "Racing Queer Music Scholarship." He has presented papers at meetings of the Society for American Music, Feminist Theory and Music, Music and the Middlebrow, and the American Musicological Society's LGBTQ and Dance Study Groups, and has served on the board of the LGBTQ Study Group.

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OliviaCacchione2021@u.northwestern.edu

Olivia Cacchione is a second year PhD student in musicology. She holds Master's degrees from University of Washington in Harp Performance and Music History. Her research focuses on American popular culture throughout the long twentieth century, with an emphasis on musical intersections with the occult and supernatural in practice and representation. Additionally, she pursues interests in gender and sexuality studies, film studies, and critical theory. Her interest in gender and American country and folk music has led to research on the use of commercial country music in twenty-first century advertising, and she has presented this research at meetings of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society regional conference. When she is not studying music, she enjoys reading crime novels and riding her bike.

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jennaharmon2017@u.northwestern.edu

Jenna Harmon is a PhD candidate (ABD) in musicology, and is enrolled in Northwestern’s Gender and Sexualities Studies Certificate program. She holds degrees in musicology (MA, Northwestern) and music (BA, Drake University). With the support of a Fulbright Fellowship to France (2016-2017), she has conducted research towards her dissertation project on the intersection of music, politics, and pornography in obscene media printed in Paris in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Jenna has presented at the local and national levels, including at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for French Historical Studies, and is published in the selected proceedings of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. In addition to her research and teaching, she also enjoys playing with the Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble.

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kylekaplan2014@u.northwestern.edu

Kyle Kaplan is a PhD candidate in Musicology and a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellow with the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. He holds a BA from UCLA in Music History and an MA from McGill University in Musicology with an emphasis in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. His dissertation, "Music, Intimacy, and International Homosexual Collaborations, 1957-1963," reconstructs the social and creative networks of composers such as Henze, Barber, Britten, and Poulenc. This project documents their interest in 19th century aesthetics in counterpoint with Adorno's contemporaneous writings on aesthetics, ethics, and intimacy. Further research projects consider the soundtrack's of gay experimental erotic cinema and the biopolitics of music and modernist dance. The first of these will appear in article form as part of the 2018 special issue of Women and Music titled "Racing Queer Music Scholarship." He has presented papers at meetings of the Society for American Music, Feminist Theory and Music, Music and the Middlebrow, and the American Musicological Society's LGBTQ and Dance Study Groups, and has served on the board of the LGBTQ Study Group.

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emilylane1.2013@u.northwestern.edu

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emilylane1.2013@u.northwestern.edu

Emily Lane is a PhD candidate specializing in mid-20th century American film, musicals, media, and radio, with a particular interest in dialogism, intermediality and adaption. She received a bachelor of music degree in voice performance with honors from Miami University of Ohio and a MM in Musicology from Northwestern in 2013. On campus, Emily has served as a leader for the International Student Orientation and the New TA Conference. She works as a Teaching Consultant for the Searle Center, has participated in the “University Seminar” series with Dean McBride, and serves on the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. Emily has presented original research at a number of conferences, including AMS-Midwest, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Music and the Moving Image Conference at NYU.

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EmilyMasincup2022@u.northwestern.edu

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EmilyMasincup2022@u.northwestern.edu

Emily Masincup is a first-year PhD student in Musicology. She received her BM in Music Performance from Messiah College, PA (2014), and her MA in Music from Cardiff University, Wales (2016). Her master’s thesis, entitled “Rings and Other Gendered Spaces: Musical Representations of Gender in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Films,” seeks to establish unique connections between Howard Shore’s score and different types of space present within the films—literal and/or metaphorical—in order to illuminate subversive readings of gender. She maintains a strong interest in film music, and is especially thrilled when her explorations of film sound lead her into the territory of media studies. Emily also researches historical and contemporary conceptualizations of the human voice/vocality and hopes to combine this research with her film interests by examining representations of musical vocality within film. When she is not studying, she enjoys working on Kakuro puzzles, snuggling with cats, and singing with Northwestern’s University Chorale.

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SimonNugent2022@u.northwestern.edu

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SimonNugent2022@u.northwestern.edu

Simon Nugent is a first-year PhD student in musicology. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Musicology degrees from University College Dublin (UCD). Simon’s research interests include medieval music, music and audiovisual media, and music and devotion. In 2016, he co-organised a meeting of the International Musicological Society’s medieval music study group, Cantus Planus, co-sponsored by UCD and the University of Notre Dame. In the same year, he was co-editor of Issue 9 of The Musicology Review, a peer-reviewed postgraduate publication based at UCD. His transcription of the office of Saint Malachy will be published in 2018 by the Institute of Medieval Music, and his research on Celtic music as medieval music in Hollywood cinema will appear as part of an edited volume entitled Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen, to be published by Routledge press in early 2018. Simon has presented at conferences throughout Ireland and the UK, including the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference and Society for Musicology in Ireland’s postgraduate and annual plenary conferences.

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emilylane1.2013@u.northwestern.edu

Emily Lane is a PhD candidate specializing in mid-20th century American film, musicals, media, and radio, with a particular interest in dialogism, intermediality and adaption. She received a bachelor of music degree in voice performance with honors from Miami University of Ohio and a MM in Musicology from Northwestern in 2013. On campus, Emily has served as a leader for the International Student Orientation and the New TA Conference. She works as a Teaching Consultant for the Searle Center, has participated in the “University Seminar” series with Dean McBride, and serves on the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. Emily has presented original research at a number of conferences, including AMS-Midwest, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Music and the Moving Image Conference at NYU.

Emily Masincup

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EmilyMasincup2022@u.northwestern.edu

Emily Masincup is a first-year PhD student in Musicology. She received her BM in Music Performance from Messiah College, PA (2014), and her MA in Music from Cardiff University, Wales (2016). Her master’s thesis, entitled “Rings and Other Gendered Spaces: Musical Representations of Gender in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Films,” seeks to establish unique connections between Howard Shore’s score and different types of space present within the films—literal and/or metaphorical—in order to illuminate subversive readings of gender. She maintains a strong interest in film music, and is especially thrilled when her explorations of film sound lead her into the territory of media studies. Emily also researches historical and contemporary conceptualizations of the human voice/vocality and hopes to combine this research with her film interests by examining representations of musical vocality within film. When she is not studying, she enjoys working on Kakuro puzzles, snuggling with cats, and singing with Northwestern’s University Chorale.

Simon Nugent

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SimonNugent2022@u.northwestern.edu

Simon Nugent is a first-year PhD student in musicology. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Musicology degrees from University College Dublin (UCD). Simon’s research interests include medieval music, music and audiovisual media, and music and devotion. In 2016, he co-organised a meeting of the International Musicological Society’s medieval music study group, Cantus Planus, co-sponsored by UCD and the University of Notre Dame. In the same year, he was co-editor of Issue 9 of The Musicology Review, a peer-reviewed postgraduate publication based at UCD. His transcription of the office of Saint Malachy will be published in 2018 by the Institute of Medieval Music, and his research on Celtic music as medieval music in Hollywood cinema will appear as part of an edited volume entitled Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen, to be published by Routledge press in early 2018. Simon has presented at conferences throughout Ireland and the UK, including the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference and Society for Musicology in Ireland’s postgraduate and annual plenary conferences.

4th year PhD

NathanReeves2020@u.northwestern.edu

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Nathan Reeves

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NathanReeves2020@u.northwestern.edu

Nathan Reeves is a third-year Ph.D. student in musicology with a cognate focus in anthropology. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Furman University and a MM in Musicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a concentration in medieval and renaissance studies. Nathan’s primary research focuses on musical life of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spanish-occupied southern Italy. This project attends to how musical representations of subaltern Neapolitan populations intersected with the development of state practices of sonic recognition under Spanish colonialism. Nathan also pursues complementary research in the history of ethnomusicology, particularly concerning approaches to sound recording and transcription. Additional interests include sound studies, Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and ethnography. Nathan has presented his research at a number of conferences, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Sixteenth Century Society, and at events hosted by the Newberry Library of Chicago. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he remains an avid singer in ensembles of the Chicago area.

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jasonrosenholtzwitt2019@u.northwestern.edu

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Jason Rosenholtz-Witt

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jasonrosenholtzwitt2019@u.northwestern.edu

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt is a PhD candidate in the musicology program and a current Northwestern Presidential Fellow. His dissertation examines the mediation and circulation of music through social and professional networks in and surrounding the Venetian Republic from 1580-1630 with an emphasis on Bergamo, a thriving musical center during this period. In so doing, Jason challenges established narratives of early modern music history that limit centers of influence to larger cities such as Florence and Venice. He earned a Bachelor’s of double bass performance from the University of Northern Colorado (2005), and a Master’s in performance from Colorado State University (2011). After receiving his bachelor’s, Jason spent four years teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan. Before coming to Northwestern, he was an adjunct instructor at Colorado State, teaching Music Theory Fundamentals and Music Appreciation. He has published on seventeenth-century music in The Viol and Early Music Performer. Jason maintains a secondary interest in twentieth-century experimentalism and contributed a chapter in A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-70s, published in 2016 by Northwestern University Press. He has presented his at meetings of the North American British Music Studies Association, Medieval/Renaissance Music Conference, Sixteenth Century Studies, Renaissance Society of America, Society for Music Theory, and American Musicological Society. This year, Jason's primary source research is supported by the Dr. Gudrun Busch Fellowship from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany and from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for archival research in Bergamo, Italy.

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amandastein2012@u.northwestern.edu

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amandastein2012@u.northwestern.edu

Amanda Ruppenthal Stein is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Musicology and is affiliated with the Jewish Studies cluster. She holds degrees in music history (thesis: “‘My Own Kaddish:’ Finding a Jewish Voice in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ and Other Works”) and clarinet performance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda’s research focuses on issues of Jewish identity in art music, with particular focus on issues of assimilation, musical-liturgical reform, as well as personal and communal identity reinterpretation at the end of the 19th century. As a recipient of a 2015 Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant, she traveled to Jerusalem and conducted research in the Friedrich Gernsheim archive at the National Library of Israel. Other research and teaching interests include the development of synagogue music in turn of the 20th century American synagogues, Jewish voice in the music of Leonard Bernstein, and the comedy albums of Allan Sherman. In 2016, Amanda earned a Teaching Certificate through NU’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching. She has presented at national and regional conferences and will give papers in Fall 2017 at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Association for Jewish Studies.

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NathanReeves2020@u.northwestern.edu

Nathan Reeves is a third-year Ph.D. student in musicology with a cognate focus in anthropology. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Furman University and a MM in Musicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a concentration in medieval and renaissance studies. Nathan’s primary research focuses on musical life of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Spanish-occupied southern Italy. This project attends to how musical representations of subaltern Neapolitan populations intersected with the development of state practices of sonic recognition under Spanish colonialism. Nathan also pursues complementary research in the history of ethnomusicology, particularly concerning approaches to sound recording and transcription. Additional interests include sound studies, Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, and ethnography. Nathan has presented his research at a number of conferences, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Sixteenth Century Society, and at events hosted by the Newberry Library of Chicago. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he remains an avid singer in ensembles of the Chicago area.

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt

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jasonrosenholtzwitt2019@u.northwestern.edu

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt is a PhD candidate in the musicology program and a current Northwestern Presidential Fellow. His dissertation examines the mediation and circulation of music through social and professional networks in and surrounding the Venetian Republic from 1580-1630 with an emphasis on Bergamo, a thriving musical center during this period. In so doing, Jason challenges established narratives of early modern music history that limit centers of influence to larger cities such as Florence and Venice. He earned a Bachelor’s of double bass performance from the University of Northern Colorado (2005), and a Master’s in performance from Colorado State University (2011). After receiving his bachelor’s, Jason spent four years teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan. Before coming to Northwestern, he was an adjunct instructor at Colorado State, teaching Music Theory Fundamentals and Music Appreciation. He has published on seventeenth-century music in The Viol and Early Music Performer. Jason maintains a secondary interest in twentieth-century experimentalism and contributed a chapter in A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-70s, published in 2016 by Northwestern University Press. He has presented his at meetings of the North American British Music Studies Association, Medieval/Renaissance Music Conference, Sixteenth Century Studies, Renaissance Society of America, Society for Music Theory, and American Musicological Society. This year, Jason's primary source research is supported by the Dr. Gudrun Busch Fellowship from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany and from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for archival research in Bergamo, Italy.

Amanda Ruppenthal Stein

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amandastein2012@u.northwestern.edu

Amanda Ruppenthal Stein is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Musicology and is affiliated with the Jewish Studies cluster. She holds degrees in music history (thesis: “‘My Own Kaddish:’ Finding a Jewish Voice in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ and Other Works”) and clarinet performance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda’s research focuses on issues of Jewish identity in art music, with particular focus on issues of assimilation, musical-liturgical reform, as well as personal and communal identity reinterpretation at the end of the 19th century. As a recipient of a 2015 Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant, she traveled to Jerusalem and conducted research in the Friedrich Gernsheim archive at the National Library of Israel. Other research and teaching interests include the development of synagogue music in turn of the 20th century American synagogues, Jewish voice in the music of Leonard Bernstein, and the comedy albums of Allan Sherman. In 2016, Amanda earned a Teaching Certificate through NU’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching. She has presented at national and regional conferences and will give papers in Fall 2017 at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Association for Jewish Studies.

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VanessaTonelli2020@u.northwestern.edu

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Vanessa Tonelli

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VanessaTonelli2020@u.northwestern.edu

Vanessa Tonelli is a third-year PhD in Musicology, also pursuing a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from New Mexico State University (2010) and a Master’s in Musicology with a specialization in Gender Studies from Michigan State University (2013). Vanessa’s primary research traces the lives of the female musicians at the Ospedali Grandi in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Venice. She is invested in asking questions about social influences – especially class and gender – that affected these women’s lives and musical participation. Vanessa’s research has also included a study on sexuality in the Chicago blues dance scene, as well as the publication of an article about the educations and professional experiences of female trombonists. Outside of research, Vanessa also enjoys swing, blues, and salsa dancing, as well as playing her trombone, currently with Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra and Latin Band.

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BenjaminWeissman2017@u.northwestern.edu

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BenjaminWeissman2017@u.northwestern.edu

Ben Weissman is a first-year PhD student in musicology. He holds a BA in English from Haverford College (2014) and a MM in musicology from Northwestern University (2017). His research interests include collaboration, experimentation, electronics, and the voice in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has focused on topics including the proliferation of non-Western vocal technique and style in Western art music, the voice as a technology of experimentation, identity in the contemporary DIY musical community, and early synthesizer film music. He has presented research on Dick Higgins’s sound poetry intermedia compositions at the Society for American Music. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, attending concerts in Chicago, and singing with the Northwestern University Chorale.

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VanessaTonelli2020@u.northwestern.edu

Vanessa Tonelli is a third-year PhD in Musicology, also pursuing a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from New Mexico State University (2010) and a Master’s in Musicology with a specialization in Gender Studies from Michigan State University (2013). Vanessa’s primary research traces the lives of the female musicians at the Ospedali Grandi in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Venice. She is invested in asking questions about social influences – especially class and gender – that affected these women’s lives and musical participation. Vanessa’s research has also included a study on sexuality in the Chicago blues dance scene, as well as the publication of an article about the educations and professional experiences of female trombonists. Outside of research, Vanessa also enjoys swing, blues, and salsa dancing, as well as playing her trombone, currently with Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra and Latin Band.

Ben Weissman

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BenjaminWeissman2017@u.northwestern.edu

Ben Weissman is a first-year PhD student in musicology. He holds a BA in English from Haverford College (2014) and a MM in musicology from Northwestern University (2017). His research interests include collaboration, experimentation, electronics, and the voice in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has focused on topics including the proliferation of non-Western vocal technique and style in Western art music, the voice as a technology of experimentation, identity in the contemporary DIY musical community, and early synthesizer film music. He has presented research on Dick Higgins’s sound poetry intermedia compositions at the Society for American Music. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, attending concerts in Chicago, and singing with the Northwestern University Chorale.