I am a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at Brandeis University in Boston. I earned my Master's in Music from the University of Arizona in 2006 in Choral Conducting, and my Bachelor's in Music from Wichita State University in 2003 in Vocal Performance, with a minor in Instrumental Performance.
My primary interest lies in manifestations of literary or social philosophy in musical dramaturgy. To this point, my work in this interdisciplinary vein has engaged subjects related to literary theory, Classical studies, aesthetic theory, religious studies, and gender studies. My dissertation, for example, is a study on the impact of the academic philosophy of the Accademia degli Invaghiti on Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo. This study focuses on three topics, namely the use of symmetry as an expression of beauty, as well as moral and social order, illustrative of the Renaissance inclination to base artistic design on the principles of Classical architecture; the performance of Classical oratory (e.g. "Possente spirto") as a means of revealing the orator's moral character; and the use of gendering to draw attention to the flaws of the protagonist's "male" character flaws. My presentation on the first topic, "Monteverdi's Orfeo (1607): Pulchritude through proportion, and why it mattered to the Accademia degli Invaghiti," received the Hollace Anne Schafer Memorial Award for the top graduate student paper given at the meetings of the AMS-New England Chapter, AY 2011-12. Additionally, my paper on the topic of oratory in Orfeo was given at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Seventeenth Century Music. My critical edition of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416, is available from Baerentreiter (purchase here; full commentary available here).
On this page, you'll find information on my professional activities, including conference presentation, publications, and teaching; additionally, links to performance recordings are available below.
Teaching demonstration videos
"The birth of opera" (Introduction to Western Music; Northern Essex Community College, fall 2013)
"Music and social representation" (Introduction to Music/American Music; Northern Essex Community College, fall 2012)