Current Musicology Graduate Students

Olivia CacchioneOlivia Cacchione

2nd Year PhD • 

Olivia Cacchione is a second-year PhD student in Musicology. She received her BA in Anthropology & Sociology from Knox College (2008), and her Master’s degrees in Harp Performance (2012) and Music History (2015) from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on American soundscapes in the 20th century, with an emphasis on intersections between music and visual culture. Her interest in film music has led her to explore vaudevillian musical humor in early sound film, in connection with dialogism, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. When she is not playing or studying music, she enjoys reading crime novels and riding her bike.

Jenna HarmonJenna Harmon

PhD Candidate • 

Jenna Harmon is a PhD candidate (ABD) in musicology, and is enrolled in Northwestern’s Gender and Sexualities Studies Certificate program. She holds degrees in musicology (MA, Northwestern) and music (BA, Drake University). Jenna is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to France (2016-2017), where she will conduct research towards her dissertation project on the intersection of music, politics, and pornography in Parisian satirical pamphlets printed in the decades leading up to and just after the French Revolution. By focusing on the music contained in the pamphlets, she interrogates professional versus amateur performance practice, as well as musical constructions of eroticism and music's ability to facilitate desire and its embodiment in the context of 18th century galanterie. Jenna has presented at the local and national levels, including at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for French Historical Studies, and is published in the selected proceedings of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. In addition to her research and teaching, she also enjoys playing with the Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble.

Kyle KaplanKyle Kaplan

PhD Candidate •

Kyle Kaplan is a PhD student in Musicology and is affiliated with the Gender and Sexuality Studies program. He holds a BA from UCLA in Music History and an MA from McGill University in Musicology with an emphasis in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. His research considers music’s relationship to intimacy throughout the 20th century, focusing on midcentury networks of gay composers and artists. This project looks to collaborations and friendships of composers such as Barber, Henze and Britten with performers, choreographers, and visual artists. Further interests include music and relational ethics, 20th century Romantic thought and aesthetics, music in experimental film, and queer and feminist theory. He has presented papers at meetings of the Society for American Music and Feminist Theory and Music. 

Emily LaneEmily Lane

PhD Candidate •

Emily Lane is a PhD candidate specializing in mid-20th century American film, musicals, media, and radio, with a particular interest in dialogism, intermediality and adaption. She received a bachelor of music degree in voice performance with honors from Miami University of Ohio and a MM in Musicology from Northwestern in 2013. On campus, Emily has served as a leader for the International Student Orientation and the New TA Conference. She works as a Teaching Consultant for the Searle Center, has participated in the “University Seminar” series with Dean McBride, and serves on the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. Emily has presented original research at a number of conferences, including AMS-Midwest, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the Music and the Moving Image Conference at NYU. 

Emily MasincupEmily Masincup

1st Year PhD • 

Emily Masincup is a first-year PhD student in Musicology. She received her BM in Music Performance from Messiah College, PA (2014), and her MA in Music from Cardiff University, Wales (2016). Her master’s thesis, entitled “Rings and Other Gendered Spaces: Musical Representations of Gender in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Films,” seeks to establish unique connections between Howard Shore’s score and different types of space present within the films—literal and/or metaphorical—in order to illuminate subversive readings of gender. She maintains a strong interest in film music, and is especially thrilled when her explorations of film sound lead her into the territory of media studies. Emily also researches historical and contemporary conceptualizations of the human voice/vocality and hopes to combine this research with her film interests by examining representations of musical vocality within film. When she is not studying, she enjoys working on Kakuro puzzles, snuggling with cats, and singing with Northwestern’s University Chorale.  

Simon NugentSimon Nugent

1st Year PhD • 

Simon Nugent is a first-year PhD student in musicology. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Musicology degrees from University College Dublin (UCD). Simon’s research interests include medieval music, music and audiovisual media, and music and devotion. In 2016, he co-organised a meeting of the International Musicological Society’s medieval music study group, Cantus Planus, co-sponsored by UCD and the University of Notre Dame. In the same year, he was co-editor of Issue 9 of The Musicology Review, a peer-reviewed postgraduate publication based at UCD. His transcription of the office of Saint Malachy will be published in 2018 by the Institute of Medieval Music, and his research on Celtic music as medieval music in Hollywood cinema will appear as part of an edited volume entitled Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen, to be published by Routledge press in early 2018. Simon has presented at conferences throughout Ireland and the UK, including the Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference and Society for Musicology in Ireland’s postgraduate and annual plenary conferences.

Nathan ReevesNathan Reeves

3rd Year PhD •

Nathan Reeves is a Ph.D. student in musicology. He holds a BM in vocal performance from Furman University and a MM in musicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a concentration in medieval and early modern studies. Nathan’s research focuses on music and spectacle in sixteenth and seventeenth-century colonial Spanish Naples. This work attends to the ways sound was utilized in the construction of urban and extra-urban space, in the production of Neapolitan culture, and in the circulation of forms of Neapolitan identity throughout early modern Europe.  Additionally, Nathan pursues interests in sound studies, anthropological theory, ethnography, and gender and sexuality studies. Nathan has presented papers at regional meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Musicological Society, at the Sixteenth Century Society, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Complementing his scholarly endeavors, he remains an avid singer.

Jason RosenholtzJason Rosenholtz-Witt

PhD Candidate •

Jason Rosenholtz-Witt is a PhD candidate in musicology at Northwestern University. He earned a Bachelor’s of double bass performance from the University of Northern Colorado (2005), and a Master’s in performance from Colorado State University (2011). After receiving his bachelor’s, Jason spent four years teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan. He also worked for two years as an adjunct faculty member at Colorado State, teaching Music Theory Fundamentals and Music Appreciation. Jason’s primary research interest is music and culture in Northern Italy ca.1550-1650, specifically a critical re-evaluation of the conceptual frameworks surrounding regional style. He maintains strong secondary interests in 16th c. England and late 20th c. American experimentalism. He has published on Orlando Gibbons’ Music for the Great Dooble Base in The Viol and contributed a chapter in A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde, 1960s-70s, published in 2016 by Northwestern University Press. He has presented his research at meetings of the North American British Music Studies Association (where he serves on the board as student representative), Medieval/Renaissance Music Conference, Sixteenth Century Studies and Conference, Society for Music Theory, and American Musicological Society. In his free time, Jason takes advantage of the myriad cultural experiences the Chicago area has to offer.

Milena SchallerMilena Schaller

3rd Year PhD •

Milena Schaller is a third-year PhD student in Musicology. She previously earned a BA at UC Davis and a MA at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include the politics and culture of Russian music in Paris at the turn of the century, as well as later French reception of the Ballets russes. Her interest in perception and creation of culture has also led to research on folk metal bands Eluveitie and Turisas, and she has presented on this topic at the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, the International Conference on Music Since 1900 held in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Analytical Approaches to World Music conference in New York. As a cellist, she aims for performer and listener-centric musical analysis, and enjoys playing in the Northwestern Philharmonia. In her spare time she can be found playing cello duets, listening to Russian and French radio, or baking banana bread.

Amanda SteinAmanda Ruppenthal Stein

PhD Candidate •

Amanda Ruppenthal Stein is a PhD candidate in Musicology. She holds degrees in music history (thesis: “‘My Own Kaddish:’ Finding a Jewish Voice in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ and Other Works”) and clarinet performance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amanda’s research focuses on issues of Jewish identity in art music, with particular focus on issues of assimilation, musical-liturgical reform, as well as personal and communal identity reinterpretation at the end of the 19th century. She is a 2015 recipient of a Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant and will travel to Jerusalem to conduct research in the Friedrich Gernsheim archive at the National Library of Israel. Other research and teaching interests include the development of synagogue music in turn of the 20th century American synagogues, Jewish voice in the music of Leonard Bernstein, and the comedy albums of Allan Sherman. Amanda is currently pursuing a Teaching Certificate through NU’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching. She has presented at the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium and will give papers this Fall 2015 at AMS-Midwest and the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference.

Vanessa TonelliVanessa Tonelli

3rd Year PhD •

Vanessa Tonelli is a third-year PhD in Musicology, also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from New Mexico State University (2010) and a Master’s in Musicology with a specialization in Gender Studies from Michigan State University (2013). Her research interests center on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Venice, but her dedication to feminism and gender studies has lead to much of research focusing on the all-female ensembles of the Ospedali Grandi.Vanessa has also explored other gendered stereotypes, including those within operas and those of specific musical instruments. From her work, Vanessa has published an article in the International Trombone Association Journal about female trombonists and their educations and professional experiences. Outside of research, Vanessa also enjoys swing and salsa dancing, as well as playing her trombone, currently with Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra.

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