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MemberNate Ruechel

I am a PhD student in historical musicology at Florida State University. Broadly conceived, my research interests include 20th and 21st century American music culture, the ethics of historiography, and the overlap between structures of authority, political discourse, and aesthetic significance. My master’s thesis centers on Aaron Copland’s early symphonic jazz in the context of his transnational musical training and unique social position.

MemberMisha Penton

I’m a soprano, experimental vocal composer, and performance creator. I invent and performs solo and collaborative (post)opera and new music works; and my projects blossom in many forms: live performances, audio and video works, site specific / installation pieces, and writings. My research explores feminist myth and fairytale, and reimagines Romanticism in the 21st century. In a return to academia, I’m currently a PhD in music and voice at Bath Spa University, UK. mishapenton.com

MemberSamuel Zerin

Samuel Zerin is a musicologist, music theorist, composer, and pianist.  He is a chief editor of the International Journal of the Study of Music and Musical Performance (forthcoming) and has held teaching positions at New York University and Brown University.

His PhD dissertation, for defense in April 2018 at New York University, is the first critical biography of the Russian-Jewish violinist and composer Joseph Achron (1886-1943) and a theoretical investigation of late Romantic paradigms surrounding child prodigies and performer-composers. His research on music of the long 19th century focuses primarily on virtuosity, transcription, and supernatural creatures.  He is a specialist in early 20th century Jewish musical nationalism, and has broader analytical interests in 21st century Yiddish pop songs and Disney music.

In 2010, he founded the Joseph Achron Society, working together with musicians and scholars from over a dozen countries to revive the forgotten legacy of this brilliant musician.  In this role, he has been editing and publishing first editions of Achron’s manuscript works, in addition to networking musicians and fundraising.  He has also worked as a music archivist, creating an online archive of rare Jewish classical scores at the website of the American Society for Jewish Music and processing, sorting, and cataloguing thousands of manuscripts, published scores, and other archival music documents at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College.

Zerin is also an amateur polyglot, with particularly strong interests in Yiddish, Russian, and the Scandinavian languages.

MemberWilliam O'Hara

…“Teaching with Video,” College Music Society Summit 2.0: Designing the 21st-Century Music School. University of South Carolina, January 18, 2019.

“‘When Far From Her I Roam’: Progressive Tonality and Chromatic Narrative in Three Songs by Amy Beach.” Co-author with Austin Nikirk (Gettysburg College ’20). Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference, March 30, 2019….

I am a music theorist and media scholar with broad research and teaching interests in music analysis, contemporary film and video game music, pop music, and the history of music theory. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard in 2017, and prior to beginning my current position at Gettysburg College, I taught courses in music theory and video game music at Tufts University. While in graduate school, I also spent several years as a graduate fellow at Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and was an editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society from 2013-2016. My most recent essays and conference presentations have addressed chromatic harmony & theory (MTSMA 2018); arrangements and solo covers of pop songs on YouTube (in Musicology Now); Hans Keller’s method of Functional Analysis (forthcoming in Music Analysis); David Lewin’s methodology of analysis (Music Theory and Analysis, 2018); and the analysis of popular music on social media and news websites (Analitica: Rivista online di studi musicali, 2018). My current research projects include drafting my first book, entitled Recomposition in Music Theory; preliminary research for my second book project, Press Play on Tape: The Analog Sounds of Early Digital Games; and ongoing research and writing on chromatic harmony and on pop music & music theory in contemporary media.

MemberDebra Faszer-McMahon

Dr. McMahon is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages. Research interests include 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature, Poetry, and Immigration. Her most recent book is titled Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain: The Poetry of Clara Janés (Bucknell 2010), and she has also published articles in Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture. She has co-edited a volume entitled African Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Texts which will be published by Ashgate Press in 2015, and she is currently working on a manuscript about contemporary Spanish poetry written by Saharaui immigrants in Spain.She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany.She is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.

MemberAnne Levitsky

Anne Adele Levitsky is a scholar and musician living in New York City. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in May 2018. At present, she is Lecturer in Music at Columbia, and has also taught at Stony Brook University. As an academic, she is interested in medieval vernacular song, poetry, and narrative literature. She is currently at work on two projects. The first, Singing the Physical: Song and Materiality in Troubadour Lyric Poetry, employs new methods for the melodic analysis of medieval monophonic song, and ultimately offers an analytical method that pays particular attention to the metaphysical nature of what is being described in the poetic text. The second project, Gendered Song: Song and the Shaping of Medieval Identity, stems from an interest in the formation of human identities in the Middle Ages explored in her dissertation, and seeks to understand the relationship between medieval gender identities and the medieval lyric as viewed through musical, poetic, and cultural lenses. She supplements this academic interest in vernacular song with a love of performance, and has studied  and performed lyric poetry with the Narbonne-based Troubadours Art Ensemble, and recorded troubadour and trouvère songs both with the group and as a soloist. She performs regularly in the New York area with professional chamber ensemble GHOSTLIGHT Chorus, singing an eclectic mix of repertoire from the 12th to the 21st centuries (including a June 2013 performance with the Rolling Stones in Washington, DC). In addition to her choral performances, she studies voice privately in the city. Dr. Levitsky has also served as the director of the Collegium Musicum, one of Columbia University’s leading choral ensembles.