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.
Jessica Kizzire is a Ph.D. student in musciology. She earned an M.A. in horn performance from the University of Iowa in 2010. Her dissertation examines the role of music in multimedia adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jessica was award the University of Iowa’s Ballard Seashore Fellowship, which allows dedicated time for the completion of doctoral studies. Jessica’s research interests center on music in popular culture, including in film and videogames, as well as the role of music in the adaptive process. Jessica teaches music history and American popular music courses as an adjunct faculty member at Greenville College. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter.
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.
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.
Solomon Fenton-Miller is an MA student in music theory. He holds a BA in Music Composition from Goshen College and an MM in Composition from Eastern Michigan University. Solomon’s research interests include music theory pedagogy, early 20th century music, and folk music. He spends his free time playing soccer, Ultimate frisbee, and learning banjo tunes.
Erin Rich is an MA student in music theory. She has completed a Bachelor of Music in double bass performance at Baylor University in Texas. Erin’s research interests include the Second Viennese School and examining relationships between text and music, but are evolving as she continues to learn more. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with friends, reading fiction unrelated to scholarly pursuits, and random geekery.
Kati Meyer is a PhD student in Music Theory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Minnesota in Morris, MN and a Master of Music in Music Theory/Cognition from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Kati’s research interests include music theory pedagogy, disability studies, and popular music analysis. She also likes to bake, play games, play the piano, and spend time with friends.
James Skretta is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of Iowa where he teaches in the undergraduate music theory curriculum. His research explores questions surrounding metric theory, phenomenology, and music perception and cognition.
James is also actively engaged in the classical saxophone community. As a saxophone soloist he is a First Prize Winner in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, a two-time winner of the Central College concerto competition, and was recently a featured soloist with the Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University of Iowa University Band. James is a passionate chamber musician, having performed recently at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), International Saxophone Symposium (Washington D.C.), World Saxophone Congress XVI (St. Andrews), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conferences. James holds the MA and DMA degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa. His saxophone mentors include Kenneth Tse and Cynthia Doggett; additional studies with Eugene Rousseau and Thomas Liley. James is currently on faculty at Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA).
Composition student bios at: http://www.uiowa.edu/cnm/workshop-composers