Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil


This July and August, I spent time in São Paulo, Brazil conducting follow-up research for my dissertation, “São Paulo Underground: Musical Innovation and Independent Cultural Production in Urban Brazilian Experimental Music Practice.” The project investigates an independently organized scene of experimentally oriented musicians from a variety of styles, ranging from hardcore punk to free improvisation … Continue reading Innovation and Improvisation in São Paulo, Brazil

Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements


In early June this summer, I visited the Special Collections of the Hong Kong University Main Library, conducting archival research on the reception of particular Hollywood musical films and their Cantonese remakes through studying Hong Kong newspaper advertisements (in Chinese and English) from the 1950s. I was working on one of my three dissertation chapters … Continue reading Re-approaching a Hollywood Film Musical through 1950s Hong Kong Newspaper Advertisements

Summer in Prague


This summer I was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies to take an intensive two-month Czech language course at Charles University in Prague. The course was extremely helpful for me, as a heritage speaker, to round out my knowledge of Czech. Through … Continue reading Summer in Prague

Feminist Theory and Music Conference in San Francisco


This past July, fellow music theory PhD candidate Steve Lett and I attended the Feminist Theory and Music (FTM) conference hosted by San Francisco State University. Featured in the same session, we presented papers centered on rethinking early feminist music theory’s contributions to our discipline. Steve’s paper was titled “Depoliticizing Experience: Music Theory after the … Continue reading Feminist Theory and Music Conference in San Francisco

The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research


  It’s certainly not a traditional starting place for research, but when it comes to studying nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America, http://www.ancestry.com is an indispensable resource. In studying singers who performed opera in the American Old West, it has supplied me with documents including ship manifests, birth and death records, censuses, and wills and testaments. Such … Continue reading The “Other” Patti, and Using www.ancestry.com as a Source for Archival Research

Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017


Greetings from London, where I’m wrapping up a year of archival research for my dissertation! In early July, I presented some of this work at MedRen, the annual musicological conference dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music, which this year was held in Prague. My paper, entitled “Negotiating Edward VI’s Reformation: Music and Religious Change in … Continue reading Exploring Music and Reform at MedRen 2017