Spring flowers (and publications and presentations)

We look to spring for warmth, life, and, hopefully, some much-needed sunny weather. Over the past few weeks, we’ve also witnessed a gaggle of conference presentations and publications from graduate students. Hearty congratulations to all who shared new work, organized conferences, and supported their peers!


Cody Norling (PhD Musicology) and Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber coauthored a review of digital archives for The Journal of the American Musicological Society. Check out their review of The Metropolitan Archives, Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century, and Re-envisioning Japan: Japan as Destination in 20th-Century Visual and Material Culture here.

Rebekah Erdman (PhD Musicology) wrote liner notes for Prof. Nicole Espositio’s new album, Dancing in Dreams, which features arrangements of Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Piazzolla for flute and harp.


Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Northwestern University

Danielle Bridges (MA, Choral Conducting)

“The (Re)Maker of Spirituals: Pursuing “A Fairer Paradise” for All in Eva Jessye’s Paradise Lost and Regained”

Michael Pekel (DMA, Choral Conducting)

“Pitch Collections and Form in Jonathan Harvey’s Missa Brevis”

Mitchell A Widmer (DMA, Voice)

“O Gott Vater, wir Loben dich: The Singing of the Old Order Amish in Johnson/Washington County”

Zane H Larson (PhD, Theory)

“Hyperpop: An Unbridled Queer Sonic Space”

Ryne T Carlson (PhD, Theory)

“Love and Loss: Schubert’s Borrowing from the “Little” A-Major Sonata for “Der Unglückliche”

Sarah Hansen

“Schelomo: A Cultural and Musical Examination of Jewishness in Ernest Bloch’s Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra”

Thanks also to musicology students Cody Norling, Anastasia Scholze, and Christos Sidiropoulos, who assisted with planning and moderating sessions.

Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM)

Rebekah Erdman (PhD, Musicology)

“Mediated Melodies “Jone o’ Grinfilt” and Problems with Preservation” 
University of Iowa

Christos Sidiropoulos (MA, Musicology)

“Music Apprenticeship, Transmission and Experience in the Villages of Drama through the Thematic Analysis of Semi-Structured Interviews” 
University of Iowa

Matt Mason (PhD, Composition)

“Nicki Minaj: An Analysis of Gender in Flow” 

Individual students also journeyed (physically and virtually) to additional conferences, including:

Black Identities on the Operatic Stage

Cody Norling (PhD, Musicology)

“‘A Marked Success of the Race”: The South Side Opera Company (1920–1922) and Community Networks of Support in Chicago’s “Black Metropolis”

CUNY Graduate Students in Music 

Zane H Larson (PhD, Theory)

“L.O.L. or Go To Hell: Structures of Comedy in Moss and Marlow’s Six

AMS Midwest Chapter

Christos Sidiropoulos (MA, Musicology)
“Intercultural Combinations and Redemption in Music of Zorba the Greek

Harvard Graduate Music Forum – For A New World: Music and Decoloniality

Zane H Larson (PhD, Theory)

“Hyperpop: an Unbridled Queer Sonic Space”