Musicology Department

Current Students

Students in Residence

Mollie Ables (mables)

Mollie Ables is a PhD musicology student from Kerrville, Texas. She received her BM from Baylor University and MM from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include sacred music in late-Renaissance Venice and early twentieth-century Jewish ethnography. 

Kate Altizer (kaltizer)

Kate Altizer is a PhD musicology student from Tazewell, Virginia. She received her BA from Emory & Henry College and MM from West Virginia University. Her research interests include film music and music history pedagogy.

Dana Barron (dbbarron)

Dana Barron is a PhD student originally from Guttenberg, Iowa. She holds a BA in music from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MA in musicology from Indiana University. Her research interests include fifteenth-century music and culture, medieval and Renaissance notation, and manuscript studies. She has received funding for research in archives in Aosta and Trent, Italy and held a fellowship at the Library of Congress Music Division. She is currently finishing a dissertation entitled "Continental Scribes and the Reception of Fifteenth-Century English Mass Music."

Daniel Bishop (djbishop)

Daniel Bishop is a PhD musicology student from Batavia, New York. He received his BM from SUNY Potsdam and MA from Indiana University. His research interests include film sound and film music and modernist and avant-garde aesthetics.

Caitlin Brown (caelbrow)

Caitlin Brown is a PhD musicology student from Zionsville, Indiana. She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Carolyn Carrier-McClimon (ccmcclim)

Carolyn Carrier-McClimon is a PhD student in Musicology. She received a BM in piano performance from Furman University and an MM in piano performance from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She specializes in music of the early 19th century, and her current research interests include the fantasia and musical imagination, invocations of memory in music, and Liberace. Conference presentations include "From Exercice to Toccata: Schumann's Op. 7 and the Implications of Genre" (North American Conference on 19th-Century Music, 2010) and "The 19th-Century Reception of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio" (Bach Colloquium, 2013).

Katie Chapman (katechap)

Katie Chapman is a PhD student in musicology from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has a BM in Music Theory from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and also majored in History. Her recent research interests include medieval monophony, medievalisms in the 19th-21st centuries, and the development of intellectual property ideas in the 16th-18th centuries. She is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on troubadour manuscripts and transmission during and after the Albigensian Crusade in the 13th-early 14th centuries. 

Kelly Christensen (kelchris)

Kelly Christensen is an MA musicology student from Rootstown, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

Patrick Domico (pdomico)

Patric Domico is a PhD musicology student.

Molly Doran (modoran)

Molly C. Doran, a second-year PhD student in musicology, holds a BA in music from Hillsdale College and an MM in music history from Bowling Green State University. She currently holds the position of associate instructor of music history in the Jacobs School of Music. Doran's musicological research interests include French Baroque opera as well as nineteenth-century French and Russian opera, with special emphasis on the transformation of literary works into opera, narrative and perspective, and gender representation. Recent projects include writing the program notes and synopsis for IU's 2013 production of Jules Massenet's Werther and creating a live-commentary blog for the same production. 

Cynthia Dretel (cydretel)

Cynthia Dretel is a PhD musicology student from Somers Point, New Jersey. She received her BM from Moravian College. Her research interests include Polish and Czech folk music, Jewish and Gentile theater and music written in World War II concentration camps and ghettos, and twentieth-century percussion solo and ensemble literature.

Elizabeth Elmi (egelmi)

Elizabeth Elmi is a PhD musicology student from Garden City, New York. She received her AB from Vassar College and MA from Indiana University. Her research interests include the relationship between music and poetry in Renaissance and early Baroque vocal music in Italy and issues of philology and paleography in book and manuscript studies from the Middle Ages throught the seventeenth century.

John Hamby (hambyjo)

John Hamby is an MA student in musicology.

Stephanie Hartono (shartono)

Stephanie Hartono is an MA student in musicology.

Amanda Jensen (amarjens)

Amanda Jensen is a PhD student in musicology with a minor in Renaissance Studies. Originally from Missouri City, Texas, she received a BA degree in Plan II Honors Program, Ancient Greek, and Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research interests include soundscapes of early modern cities, methods of information management, humanism and music, and reinterpretations of early modern music in later music and culture. Recent projects include creating a live-commentary blog for IU's 2013 production of Englebert Humperdinck's opera Hansel ünd Gretel.

Paul Killinger (pkilling)

Paul Killinger is a PhD student in musicology.

Hyun Joo Kim (hjk)

Hyun Joo Kim is a PhD student in musicology.

Philip Kurasz (pkurasz)

Philip Kurasz is a PhD student in musicology.

Anne Lake (annelake)

Anne Lake is a PhD musicology/MLS student from Bowling Green, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include film music.

Nathan Landes (nalandes)

Nathan Landes is a PhD musicology student from Cranston, Rhode Island. He received his BM from Oberlin Conservatory and MM from New England Conservatory. His research interests include hip-hop, heavy metal, Verdi, verismo, and historiography.

Matthew Leone (mgleone)

Matthew Leon is a PhD musicology student from Huntington, New York. He received his BA from SUNY-Potsdam and MA from Indiana University. His research interests include Jan Ladislav Dussek’s life and music, nineteenth-century music, film music, national/cultural/historical constructs and issues of musical authenticity and identity.

Luiz Fernando Lopes (lflopes)

Luiz Fernando Lopes is a PhD musicology student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received is BM from Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, MM from University of Michigan, and MA from Indiana University. His research interests include Brazilian music, Latin American music, nationalism, nineteenth-century opera, source studies, and twentieth-century music. 

Dustin Ludeman (dludeman)

Dustin Ludeman is an MA musicology student from Leesburg, Virginia. He received his BM from the University of Maryland.

Bret McCandless (brmccand)

Bret McCandless is an MA musicology/MLS student from Overland Park, Kansas. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

Alison Mero (atrego)

Alison Mero is a PhD musicology student from Orion, Illinois. She received her BM from Illinois State University and MA from Indiana University. Her research interests include opera and British music, especially English opera of the nineteenth century.

Devon Nelson (darnelso)

Devon Nelson is a PhD student in musicology. Ze completed a BM in violin performance from Roosevelt University with a minor in music history. Hir research interests include musical antiquarianism in England, relationships between music and dance in the 15th-18th centuries, printing and publishing, and historical instruments. Recently Devon has presented on the IU Early Music Institute's collection of string instruments based on historical models.

Marysol Quevedo (mquevedo)

Marysol Quevedo is a PhD candidate in the musicology program at Indiana University. She is currently visiting lecturer with IU’s musicology department, as well as editor and researcher at the Latin American Music Center. Marysol is currently writing a dissertation on art music in Cuba after the 1959 Revolution, examining the relationship between music composition, national identity, and the Cuban socialist regime. She contributed several biographical articles on Latin American composers and musicians to The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, 2013, and has presented her work at the American Musicological Society’s 2013 Annual Meeting and at several conferences on Latin American music. Her research interests include Spanish Baroque stage and theater music, twentieth and twenty-first-century Latin American art and popular music, as well as performance of gender and ethnicity in contemporary music.

Aaron Riedford (ajriedfo)

Aaron Riedford (PhD student, musicology) received his BA in music from the University of Evansville, where he studied piano with Garnet Ungar. In 2011-12, he worked as a producer and composer for a feature film with a team of Los Angeles and Indiana filmmakers. Research interests include classical music in pop culture, music and religion, and film music.

Daniel Rogers (rogersdt)

Daniel Rogers is a PhD student in musicology.

David Rugger (dgrugger)

David Rugger is a PhD musicology student from Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his BA and MM from Butler Universtiy. His research interests include music and landscape, spatial metaphors in music, nationalism(s), English music of the twentieth century, historiography, and critical and cultural theory.

Molly Ryan (ryanme)

Mary Ellen (Molly) Ryan is a PhD candidate in musicology. She received her BM from Bowling Green State University and an MA from Indiana University. In her dissertation entitled, "Music as Spiritual Recovery: Political Crisis and the Motet after the Sack of Rome," she explores how elite intellectuals engaged in devotion and musical performance to recover from political crisis in early sixteenth-century Italy. She is particularly interested in the usage of the motet for devotional and public functions and its correspondence with spiritual and civic forms of recovery. Her research interests include religious reform, spirituality, and musical culture in the early sixteenth century, the circulation of music in Renaissance manuscript and print culture, and the development of instrumental practices from the 15th-17th centuries.

Kyle Shockey (ktshocke)

Kyle Shockey is an MA musicology/MLS student from Crown Point, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree from DePauw University

Karen Stafford (kanton)

Karen Stafford is a PhD student in Musicology with a minor in Early Music. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, she received a BM in Clarinet Performance, a BA in English, and a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Classical and Ancient Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also earned an MLS (Master of Library Science) from Indiana University.  Her current research interests include music printing and publishing, nineteenth-century binder's volumes, information literacy, and library process improvement.

Derek Stauff (dstauff)

Derek Stauff is a PhD musicology student from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. He received his BM from Grove City College and MM and MA from Indiana University. His research interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany.

Laura Stokes (lkstokes)

Laura Stokes is a PhD musicology student. She received her BA from Carleton College, MSI from the University of Michigan, and MA from Indiana University.

Kristen Strandberg (kstrandb)

Kristen Strandberg is a PhD musicology student from Fargo, North Dakota. She received her BM from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Her research interests include late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century modernism.

Laura Thompson (thompslb)

Laura Thompson is an MA musicology/MLS student.

Virginia Whealton (vewhealt)

Virginia Whealton is a PhD musicology student from Norfolk, Virginia. She received her BM from Houghton College and MA from Indiana University. Her research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century musical travelogues, travel literature in general, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French opera, women and music, historicism, and Baroque aesthetics.

Christine Wisch (cewisch)

Christine Wisch, a native of Richmond, TX, is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology. She holds both a bachelor of music in education and a bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of Houston as well as a master of musicology from Indiana University. Her main areas of research concern nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish art music with a focus on issues of nationalism, exoticism, and patronage. In addition to writing program notes for orchestras in New York, Los Angeles, and Columbus (IN), she has recently given pre-concert lectures for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Lake George Music Festival.

Alexis Witt (witt2)

Alexis Witt is a PhD musicology student from Boerne, Texas. She received her BM from Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory and MM from Rice University. Her research interests include Soviet film and Russian music and literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Lisa Wollenberg (wollenb)

Lisa Wollenberg is an MA musicology/MLS student from Crawfordsville, Indiana. She received her BA from the College of Wooster.

Ryan Young (ryeyoung)

Ryan Young is a PhD student in musicology.  He received a dual BA in German Studies and Music Theory and Composition from the University of Indianapolis and an MA in Musicology from Indiana University.  Current research interests include music, theology, and rhetoric in early modern England; politics and sexuality in the lieder of Schubert; and the development of the English Musical Renaissance.  His entry on Heinrich Isaac, co-authored with Giovanni Zanovello, has recently been published as a part of Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Students on the Move (not in Residence)

MeeJung Ahn (meejahn)

Tong Cheng Blackburn 

Laura Dallman (ldallman)

Bethany Goldberg (bkissell)

Kerry O’Brien (obrien5)

Kerry O’Brien is a PhD musicology student from Johnsburg, Illinois. She received her BM from Northern Illinois University and MA from Indiana University. Her research interests include post-World War II avant-garde, performance studies, and media and technology studies.

Brent Reidy (bcreidy)

Jonathan Shull (jshull)

Nik Taylor (net)

Nicholas Taylor is currently completing his dissertation entitled “The Published Church Cantatas of Georg Philipp Telemann.” He has received research grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Bach Society. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Lisa Vest (lvest)

Travis Yeager (tnyeager)