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Tyler V. Adamthwaite, Composition and Theory (M.F.A.)
B.M. (Composition), Colorado State University (CSU)
Performances Include: It Could Be Anything new music ensemble, CSU Middle School Outreach Program 2017 advanced concert band, CSU student chamber music
Instruments: violin, viola

Lauren Bernard, Musicology (M.F.A.)
B.A. (Music) with a French minor, University of North Texas
Academic interests: Soviet Symphonic Theory, Boris Asafyev, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Historiography of Music
Undergraduate Thesis: Nikolai Myaskovsky and the Soviet Symphony, A Study of the Symphony in Soviet Russia
Instruments: cello, piano

Luke Blackburn, Music Composition and Theory (Ph.D)
B.A. Music Composition and Theory and Bassoon Performance, University of Florida
M.F.A Music Composition and Theory, Brandeis University
Performance Activities: Bassoonist; New Philharmonia Orchestra, American Chamber Winds
Instruments: bassoon, piano

Victoria Cheah, Composition and Theory (Ph.D)
B.A. (Music) Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College
Performances include: PRISM saxophone quartet, Ensemble Cairn, Attacca Quartet, Michel Galante and members of Argento Chamber Ensemble, attendees of SICPP, Hunter College Opera Studio, Hunter College Chamber Singers and Hunter College Symphony
Instruments: voice, piano

Inga Chinilina, Composition and Theory (M.F.A.)
B.M. Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music
Recent Works: Art Songs on the lyrics of James Stephens, At The Edge for violin duo performed by String Noise, String Quartet #3
Instrument: piano

Mina Cho, Musicology (Ph.D.)
B.A. (Theology) Yonsei University; B.M. Berklee College of Music (Jazz Composition & Film Scoring); M.M. (Jazz Studies–Composition) New England Conservatory; DMA Candidate (Jazz Studies-Composition & Musicology minor) New England Conservatory
Research Interests: "Jazz Criticism (Classical and Ethnic Idioms in Jazz)" and "Music and Religion"
Professional Activities: Pianist and Composer; Faculty at Emerson College; Director of Contemporary Music at Somerville Community Baptist Church; Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra; NEC Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra; Mina Cho Jazz Group & Fusion Jazz Orchestra; Former Piano Faculty and Ensemble Coach at Winchester Community Music School

Richard Chowenhill, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.A. Composition, Classical Guitar Performance, University of California, Davis; M.F.A. Composition and Theory, Brandeis University.
Recent Works: Original score for Nightingale, an original movement theatre piece produced by Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, winner of Best of the Fringe, San Francisco Fringe Festival; Luminoso Fragmentoso, for sinfonietta and soprano, premiered at the Wellesley Composers Conference; String Quartet Number One, premiered by the Lydian String Quartet.
Instrument: guitar

Martin Connor, Musicology (M.F.A.)
B.A. (Music), Duke University, 2012
Senior Thesis: "Requiem For Victims Of The 2010 Earthquake In Haiti, Opus No. 1," for choir, carillon, brass quintet, and cathedral carillon.
Academic Interests: Alternative Tuning Systems, Rap Vocalist Melodies
Performances: UNC Percussion Ensemble, The Modern Music For Medieval Instrument Ensemble, Ten-Mile Gospel Choir, St. Joseph's Preparatory School Young Boys' Choir
Instruments: voice, piano, guitar

Giuseppe Desiato, Composition and Theory (Ph.D)
B.M. Jazz Studies, Conservatorio “Licinio Refice” di Frosinone (ITA); M.M. Saxophone, Conservatorio “Licinio Refice” di Frosinone (ITA); M.M. Composition, Royal Academy of Music, London (UK);
Performances include: Dario Calderone, Anna Clementi, Hugh Watkins, Alexandra Wood, Septura Brass Septett, Mise-en Festival, EmuFest, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Festival Artescienza
Instrument: saxophone

Christina Dioguardi, Musicology (Ph.D.)
B.M. Bassoon Performance and Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music; M.M., G.D. Bassoon Performance, New England Conservatory
Academic interests: the Italian madrigal, Renaissance vocal polyphony, Monteverdi, 19th Century opera
Undergraduate Thesis: The Importance of Text, An Exploration of antithesis in Petrarch's Il Canzoniere and the Italian Madrigal
Performance Activities: Bassoonist; Fiati Five Wind Quintet, Phoenix (Boston, MA), Callithumpian Consort, Boston Philharmonic

Jacques Dupuis, Musicology (Ph.D.)
BA Music Theory and Italian Studies, University of Notre Dame
Academic interests: Late 19th century orchestral music; music of Chopin; American music; Undergraduate thesis: Chopin's Mallorcan Preludes, A comparative and contextual analysis of Chopin's Op. 28 Nos. 2, 4, 10, 21
Instrument: trumpet

Eric Elder, Musicology (Ph.D.)
B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music, Roosevelt University; M.A. in Jazz History and Research, Rutgers University; M.F.A. in Musicology, Brandeis University
Academic interests: music theory and analysis; music and meaning; history of music theory; music theory pedagogy; Viennese music; ragtime and early 20th-c. American popular music
Awards: Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award, American Musicological Society, New England Chapter; Best Paper Award, GAMuT 2016, University of North Texas
Master’s theses: Reading Rudolph Reti: Toward a New Understanding of The Thematic Process in Music; A Cultural Reappraisal of Jazz History: Some Preliminary Researches and Analyses on American Vernacular Music
Instruments: harpsichord, clarinet

Jessica Fulkerson Cahn, Musicology (Ph.D.)
B.M. Flute Performance and Music Theory, M.M. Music Theory, Texas Christian University
Academic Interests: Modulo 7 Set Theory, Schenkerian Analysis, Textural Analysis, 20th-century Flute Music
Instrument: flute

Matthew Heck, Musicology (Ph.D.)
B.A. Music, Oberlin College
Academic interests: Dmitri Shostakovich; Gavriil Popov; Boris Asafyev, Ivan Sollertinsky, and Soviet Symphonic Theory; Sonata Theory; The String Quartet
Performance Activities: Violinist; member of the Boston Philharmonic.

Gleb KanasevichComposition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.M. Clarinet Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Composition Minor. M.M. Clarinet Performance, Yale School of Music, Composition Minor.
Recent Works: Subtraction - clarinet and live electronics. Gnaw - two electric guitars, obbligato trumpet, and live electronics (International Contemporary Ensemble). Soil - computer/live electronics. Solo - clarinet, trombone, viola, cello, and prepared piano (Ensemble Intercontemporain).
Notable recent and upcoming events: guest artist talk and solo recital at University of Oxford, UK (February, 2016), guest artist talk and solo recital at Northern Arizona University (March, 2017), clarinetist with Ulysses Ensemble at ManiFeste, Aldeburgh Festival, and Royaumont Foundation (Summer, 2017), solo recital at Dark Music Days festival in Reykjavik, Iceland (January, 2018), guest artist at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University with Nunc Players (February, 2018), visiting artist talk and solo recital at Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD (March, 2018).
Instruments: clarinet, piano, electric guitar

NamHoon (Matthew) Kim, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.A. Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität; Diplom Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien; M.M. New England Conservatory of Music;
Instrument: piano

Todd Kitchen, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.M. Composition, Brigham Young University, Spanish Minor. M.F.A. Composition and Theory, Brandeis University.
Recent Works: Sonata for Piano and Tape, Sedimentary Displacement for Organ and Electronics, Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy for choir and strings, Ambient Variation, fixed media piece included on 2012 SEAMUS Miniatures: ReCaged CD
Instruments: euphonium, trombone, voice

Daniel Krenz Musicology (M.A.)
B.A. Trumpet Performance from Middle Tennessee State University
Academic Interests: Conducting, Gustav Mahler, 19th and 20th Century Music
Instruments: trumpet and piano

Georgia Luikens, Musicology (Ph.D.)
BMus (Hons I) and BA English Literature, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Academic interests: include Copland, Boulanger, Bernstein, musical theatre, US political music for orchestra in the 1940s, intersections of music and literature and reforming primary and secondary music education.
Activities: chamber music, orchestra, Sydneian Bach Choir.
Instrument: violin

Shawn MikkelsonMusicology (Ph.D.)
B.A. Music, Brigham Young University, Chemistry minor; M.M. Organ Performance, Brigham Young University.
Academic Interests: Baroque of North and Central Germany; J. S. Bach; intersections of theology and music in the Reformation and Counter Reformation; history of tonality, temperament, and tuning systems.
Instrument: organ

James Praznik, Composition and Theory (Ph.D)
B.M. The University of Akron; M.M. Cleveland State University.
Recent performances and projects: “Almost a New Man” (April 15th, 16th & 20th 2011) a piece for film, electronic sounds and cello commissioned by the No Exit New Music Ensemble for performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. “Ascent” (September 15th, 16th & 17th) a live soundtrack for saxophone and piano joint commissioned by the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival and NASA for performance at IngenuityFest 2011, Cleveland.
Instrument: piano

Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.A. Music and Politics, Swarthmore College; M.F.A. Composition and Music theory, Brandeis University
Performances include: Orchestra 2001, Sound Icon, So Percussion, Guerilla Opera, Duo Cortona, Lydian String Quartet, CollisionSeries, Philly Composer's Ink, Swarthmore College Orchestra, members of JACK Quartet, ekmeles, Yarn/Wire, Eighth Blackbird, American Modern Ensemble
Instruments: cello, piano

Brian Sears, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
M.M. Music Composition, Bowling Green State University; B.M. Music Composition, San Jose State University
Performances include: ICMC, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, EMM, SICPP, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, SPLICE Ensemble (Sam Wells & Keith Kirchoff), San Jose Chamber Orchestra.
Instruments: percussion, piano.

Daniel ShapiroMusicology (Ph.D.)
B.M. Piano Performance, University of Connecticut; M.M. Piano Performance, SUNY Purchase
Academic interests: History of Music Theory; Modes and Languages of Analysis in the 18th and 19th centuries; Chamber Music of the Common Practice Period; Piano Works of Aaron Copland
Activities: Music Director, Christ Church Episcopal (Waltham)
Instruments: piano, organ, voice

Joseph Sowa, Composition and Theory (Ph.D.)
B.M., M.M., Music Composition, Brigham Young University
Commissions: Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Collage New Music, Farallon Quintet, Genesis Chamber Singers, Mika Brunson (Las Vegas Philharmonic), Douglas Bush, Dione Chandler, Carolyn Hove (LA Philharmonic), Roger Roe (Indianapolis Symphony), Neil Thornock, and others.
Performances: Awea Duo, BYU Chamber Orchestra, BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble/Fresh Inc Festival, Genesis Chamber Singers, Quartetto Indaco, Lydian String Quartet, PRISM saxophone quartet, the Tower Duo, Unassisted Fold, Douglas Bush, Eric Hansen, Jaren Hinckley, Neil Thornock, and others.

Charles StratfordMusicology (Ph.D.)
B.A., Music (magna cum laude); B.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese emphasis (summa cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Musicology, Brigham Young University.
Academic interests: music of the 20th and 21st centuries; interwar European neoclassicism; life and works of Arnold Schönberg; vocal music of Luciano Berio, especially from the perspective of semiotics; histories of Electronic Dance Music and Rock and Roll; Sound Studies. Papers: "'Old Forms in New Music': (Neo)classicism in Schönberg's Serenade, op. 24," Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vol. 13 (2016); “Compositional Approach and the Work of E. E. Cummings in Luciano Berio’s Circles,” Sonus: A Journal of Investigations into Global Musical Possibilities Vol. 35, No. 1 (Fall 2013)
Instrument: bassoon

Donald E. Warren Jr., Musicology (MFA)
B.A. Voice, Southern Arkansas University; MMEd Music Education (Choral Track), VanderCook College of Music
Academic interests: ocarinas in the Western music tradition, semantics and meaning in music, early music, music of the United Kingdom from the Interwar period and preceding, conducting, Nadia and Lili Boulanger
Performance activities: SAU Heritage Singers, SAU Chamber Singers, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Concert Productions, VanderCook Concert Choir, VanderCook Collegiate Chorale
Instruments: voice, soprano/tenor recorder, ocarina, organ

Chin-Shuo (Jason) Wu, Composition and Theory (M.F.A.)
B.M. Composition and Theory, Taipei National University of the Arts
Recent performances of works: Four Gentlemen among Flower for String Quartet, Taipei Intercollegiate Student Composers Concert (2014) and Wintergreen Young Composer Concert (2016); Reverberation for Five Percussionists, TNUA Percussion Ensemble Concert (2015); Ripple for Sextet, TNUA Emerging Young Artists Concert (2016)
Festivals: Takefu International Music Festival, Wintergreen Summer Music Academy
Instruments: cello, piano