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.
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.
Cody Norling is a PhD student in historical musicology. He currently serves as Musicology Society Treasurer, Graduate Student Senator, and the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium’s 2020 Coordinator. As a cultural historian, Cody studies a broad range of topics related to operatic dissemination, consumption, and reception, and, in 2016, he received the National Opera Association’s Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Award for his work on indigenous depictions in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. His current work builds upon a growing understanding of the ubiquity of opera in early-twentieth-century America through studies of touring English-language opera troupes in the 1910s and ’20s. Cody has contributed reviews to The Opera Journal, the Journal of Musicological Research, and The Annals of Iowa, and has penned writings for a facsimile reprint of Gaspare Spontini’s overture to Julie, ou Le pot de fleurs and a forthcoming volume discussing midwestern identity formation in the nineteenth century. In addition to giving recent conference presentations at the Society for American Music’s annual conference and the Midwestern History Conference, Cody is a guest presenter for the Des Moines Symphony’s “Prelude Talks” series for the 2019/2020 season.
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.
Alexis (Lexy) Tuttle, originally from the small town of Aurelia, IA, is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology. She received her Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of South Dakota in 2016; she returned to pursue a Master’s degree in Music History, which she completed in 2019. Her research interests focus on American folk music, particularly the roles of women in the genre and portrayals of gender in traditional folk music. Her Master’s thesis examines the life and music of Peggy Seeger and her injection of a feminist rhetoric into the traditional folk music style. Upon completion of her degree, Lexy plans to pursue a career in higher education.
Monica Yost is a MA student in Musicology as well as Library and Information Science. She holds a BM in Music History and Literature from Bowling Green State University. Monica’s research interests include film music, contemporary popular music, and music librarianship. She served as an intern at the Interlochen Publish Radio in 2018 and 2019 processing archival recordings and helping to produce The Interlochen Collection. She has also worked for the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives as a student at her alma mater where she started a library podcast, Pop the Music Bubble, using sound and print material available at the library.
Ryne Carlson is an MA student in music theory.
Composition student bios at: http://www.uiowa.edu/cnm/workshop-composers