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.
Lisa Pollock Mumme is an MA student in musicology. She holds a BA in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Cedarville University. She is currently doing research in nineteenth and twentieth century music, focusing specifically on opera and film music. Lisa is especially interested in how questions of political and social power affect music making. In her work on nineteenth century Mexican opera, Lisa examined how non-European singers were figured as divas. Her thesis work investigates film music in the Mad Max franchise with specific attention to how industry practices affect narrative and musical content and how gender is musically depicted in action-heavy narratives.
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’ and opera companies’ use of social media, including Twitter and Facebook Live. 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 a student in historical musicology. As a cultural historian, Cody studies a broad range of topics related to operatic dissemination, consumption, and reception. 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 to The Opera Journal, The Annals of Iowa, and a forthcoming facsimile reprint of Gaspare Spontini’s overture to Julie, ou Le pot de fleurs. Additionally, Cody maintains research interests in local and Midwestern history and will be the teaching his new course, “Topics in Midwestern Studies,” for the University of Iowa’s Department of Rhetoric this fall.
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