Current Graduate Students

Tyler V. Adamthwaite

Composition and Theory (MFA)

BM (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 (MFA)

BA (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 (PhD)

BA Music Composition and Theory and Bassoon Performance, University of Florida; MFA Music Composition and Theory, Brandeis University

Performance Activities: Bassoonist; New Philharmonia Orchestra, American Chamber Winds

Instruments: bassoon, piano

Victoria Cheah

Composition and Theory (PhD)

BA (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 (MFA)

BM 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 (PhD)

BA (Theology) Yonsei University; BM Berklee College of Music (Jazz Composition & Film Scoring); MM (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 (PhD)

BA Composition, Classical Guitar Performance, University of California, Davis; MFA 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 (MFA)

BA (Music), Duke University

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 (PhD)

BM Jazz Studies, Conservatorio “Licinio Refice” di Frosinone (ITA); MM Saxophone, Conservatorio “Licinio Refice” di Frosinone (ITA); MM Composition, Royal Academy of Music, London (UK)

Performances: Dario Calderone, Anna Clementi, Hugh Watkins, Alexandra Wood, Septura Brass Septett, Mise-en Festival, EmuFest, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Festival Artescienza

Instrument: saxophone

Christina Dioguardi

Musicology (PhD)

BM Bassoon Performance and Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music; MM, GD 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

Performances: Bassoonist; Fiati Five Wind Quintet, Phoenix (Boston, MA), Callithumpian Consort, Boston Philharmonic

Instrument: bassoon

Jacques Dupuis

Musicology (PhD)

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 (PhD)

BM in Jazz and Commercial Music, Roosevelt University; MA in Jazz History and Research, Rutgers University; MFA 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 (PhD)

BM Flute Performance and Music Theory; MM Music Theory, Texas Christian University

Academic Interests: Modulo 7 Set Theory, Schenkerian Analysis, Textural Analysis, 20th-century Flute Music

Instrument: flute

Matthew Heck

Musicology (PhD)

BA 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

Instrument: violin

Gleb Kanasevich

Composition and Theory (PhD)

BM Clarinet Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Composition Minor; MM 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 (PhD)

BA Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität; Diplom Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien; MM New England Conservatory of Music

Instrument: piano

Todd Kitchen

Composition and Theory (PhD)

BM Composition, Brigham Young University, Spanish Minor; MFA 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 (MA)

BA Trumpet Performance from Middle Tennessee State University

Academic Interests: Conducting, Gustav Mahler, 19th and 20th century music

Instruments: trumpet and piano

Georgia Luikens

Musicology (PhD)

BMus (Hons I) and BA English Literature, University of New South Wales, Australia

Academic interests: 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

Yiorgos Mannouris

Musicology (PhD)

BM, Piano Performance, Music Theory and Composition Minor (academic honors), New England Conservatory; MM, Piano Performance (academic honors), New England Conservatory; pre-college program, Piano Performance, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

Academic Interests: philosophy of music; music and narrative; Wagner; Mahler; Scriabin; Platonic and German Idealist aesthetics in 19th-century music; musical thought in Ancient Greece; Chopin. Undergraduate Thesis: Western Art Music Inspired by Oral Tradition: A Semiotic Interpretation of Works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Bartók.

Awards and Honors: New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, winner; Pietro Argento International Music Competition, first prize and grand prize "Premio Critica;" Panhellenic Delphic Poetry Games, first prize; Gina Bachauer International Music Association, scholar.

Titles: President, Anafæos Charity Foundation (Cyprus, 2015-present); Ambassador, Fundación Nicos & Manuella Vardinoyannis (Spain, 2009-2011).

Published Work: Atrapos ("Trail"), poetry collection, Poema Editions & Magazine (2016); eight selected poems, Great Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature of Haris Patsis (2017).

Performances: Jordan Hall; Grand Hall of Laeiszhalle; St. Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace; Athens Concert Hall; Auditorio Sony; Mirabell Palace; Hohensalzburg Castle; Weissenstein Castle. Rising Stars in the Kremlin International Music Festival; Steinway & Sons International Music Festival; Collegium Musicum International Music Festival; Mozarteum International Summer Academy.

Instrument: piano

Shawn Mikkelsen

Musicology (PhD)

BA Music, Brigham Young University, Chemistry minor; MM 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 (PhD)

BM The University of Akron; MM 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 (PhD)

BA Music and Politics, Swarthmore College; MFA 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 (PhD)

MM Music Composition, Bowling Green State University; BM 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 Shapiro

Musicology (PhD)

BM Piano Performance, University of Connecticut; MM 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 (PhD)

BM, MM, 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 Stratford

Musicology (PhD)

BA, Music (magna cum laude); BA, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese emphasis (summa cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles; MA, 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)

BA 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 (MFA)

BM 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