Michele Aichele is a PhD candidate in Musicology; she holds a MA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Whitman College. Her primary interest is the roles of women in composition, performance, teaching, and patronage, and her research focuses on female religious houses in the Middle Ages and the early 20th-century United States. Michele is currently an American Association of University Women American Fellow for her dissertation on the reception of French female composer Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944) in the United States. She seeks to discover why this composer’s music became so popular across the Atlantic, inspiring the creation of hundreds of Chaminade clubs. Michele analyzes how traditional expectations of femininity conflict and coincide with Chaminade’s public persona and career.
In 2013, Michele took first place in the Humanities division of the University of Iowa Jakobson Graduate Student Conference. She is a Sunriver Young Artists Scholar, a recipient of a Perry Grant, and the recipient of a 2010 Honorable Mention for Newly Published Music by the National Flute Association. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Michele performs flute music by women composers.
Sarah Lucas is a PhD student in musicology. Her research interests include the music and reception of Béla Bartók, as well as music criticism in the United States in the twentieth century. During the 2016-2017 academic year, with the support of a Fulbright Award, Sarah is conducting dissertation research at the Béla Bartók Archive and National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Through her research, which also includes study of conductor Fritz Reiner’s conducting scores and correspondence in the United States, Sarah seeks to explore the details of the connection between composer Béla Bartók and Reiner, as well as the effects of their professional association on Bartók’s compositions. She has given two conference papers on the reception of Bartók’s music in America. Her paper “The Reception of Bartók’s Piano Sonata (1926) During His First American Tour (1927-1928)” received First Prize in the Arts and Research Division at the University of Iowa Jakobsen Conference in April of 2013. In October of 2013 she presented her paper “Bartók’s First Performances In New York: The Reception Of Rhapsody And Piano Concerto No. 1, Two Contrasting Works For Piano And Orchestra” at the AMS Midwest Chapter Meeting.
Kelsey McGinnis is an PhD student in musicology. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing and an MA in musicology from the University of Iowa. Kelsey is currently undertaking research on the musical lives of German POWs interned in the United States during WWII. Her other research interests include sacred music and contemporary liturgy, Reformation studies, and the intersection(s) of music and human rights theory. She also oversees the University of Iowa’s undergraduate human rights program (https://uichr.uiowa.edu/for-students/certificate-in-human-rights/) and helps promote and facilitate research, scholarship, and educational efforts that connect the arts and human rights. When she isn’t working, Kelsey bakes, watches BBC television re-runs, and listens to bluegrass music.
Hang Nguyen is a PhD student in Musicology. She holds a BA in Music from Monmouth College and a MM in Musicology from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include the 19th Century, Frederic Chopin, and classical music in the mass media. Hang is currently writing a dissertation about orchestras’ use of social media to reach younger audiences. In her spare time, Hang enjoys billiards, dancing games (the Dance Central series for Xbox/Kinect in particular), and singing karaoke with friends.
Cody Norling is an MA student in musicology. He holds a BA in Music History (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has given talks for the National Council of Undergraduate Research, as well as the UWEC Provost’s Honors Symposium. Cody’s recent work, inspired by a university-funded research grant, involves the depiction of American Indians in Western art music with an emphasis on its place in both European operatic and American Indianist idioms. His other research interests include the socio-political reception of Puccini, the intersection of popular music and social activism, and the early history of saxophone repertoire. Cody is a member of both the American Musicological Society and the North American Saxophone Alliance.
Arthur Scoleri is an MA student in musicology. He holds a BM in Flute Performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His primary research interests include gender and queer theory, semiotics, Baroque opera, and the cultural significance of vaporwave and other historical “re-imaginations” in music. In his spare time, Arthur enjoys hiking, rolling sushi, and listening to electronic dance music.
Megan Small is a PhD student in Musicology. She holds a BA in Music with a minor in Dance from Missouri State University, an MM in Musicology from the University of Kansas, and an MM in Horn Performance from Illinois State University. Her research interests include music in Hungary during the Soviet occupation and American band music. For the 2014-15 academic year, Megan was awarded the Fulbright Student Research Grant to study the music of composer Frigyes Hidas in Budapest, Hungary. Megan has presented her research at the International Horn Symposia in Los Angeles, California (2015) and Natal, Brazil (2017), the University of Pannonia’s (Veszprém, Hungary) America Week (2015), and the Fulbright Hungary Student Conference (2015). As a horn player, Megan performs with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and the Quincy, Illinois Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, and reading and watching all things related to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Stargate.
Andrew Tubbs is an MA student in musicology. He holds a BA in music (summa cum laude) with minors in German and business from Wartburg College. His research interests include 19th-century German song cycles, Reformation studies, and the intersection between disability studies and music, specifically how music can reinforce or deconstruct social constructs of disability. Andrew has conducted research in Germany on two different occasions as well as in Denver, Colorado. He has presented his research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Midwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. Andrew is also a standup comedian as well as an avid dog lover.
Ryne Carlson is an MA student in music theory.
Composition student bios at: http://www.uiowa.edu/cnm/workshop-composers