MemberDavid Carson Berry

David Carson Berry is Professor of Music Theory at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 2003. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002, and received the Society for Music Theory’s “Emerging Scholar Award” in 2006. His research interests are wide-ranging and include: American popular music of the 1920s–60s; the theory and aesthetics of music of the mid-eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries; and Schenkerian theory and its reception history in the U.S.

MemberJoseph Mason

I hold a BA (Hons) and a D.Phil. in music from the University of Oxford and an MMus in musicology from King’s College London. My doctoral work investigated the jeu-parti, a genre of sung debate practised in Northern France in the thirteenth century. With a particular focus on thirteenth-century French song, my research explores the practices of and culture surrounding medieval song. I am especially interested in the analysis of medieval song, aesthetics and musical manuscripts. My current project explores the relationship between music and violence in thirteenth-century French song.

MemberJohn Covach

John Covach is Director of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music, Professor of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He has published dozens of articles on topics dealing with popular music, twelve-tone music, and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He is the principal author of What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock Music (W.W. Norton) and has co-edited Understanding Rock (Oxford University Press), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (Routledge) and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (Routledge), Sounding Out Pop (University of Michigan Press), and the Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones (Cambridge).

MemberRita Torres

Rita Torres is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH). She was previously a researcher at CESEM’s branch at the University of Évora, at the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), and, as guest, at the Institute of Musicology and Music Informatics (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. She holds a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts from the UCP, as well as degrees in Chemical Engineering, Guitar, Musicology/Music Informatics and Composition. Her work as a researcher and as a composer has been presented worldwide in events such as international festivals and conferences and is currently centred on guitar multiphonics. For a detailed CV:

MemberPaul David Flood

Paul David Flood is an incoming Ph.D. student in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. His research interests include national identity and compositional aesthetics in 20th and 21st century Nordic music, the Eurovision Song Contest, music and philosophy, and choral music. He holds a M.F.A. in Musicology from the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in Music from Westminster Choir College. Outside of his scholarship, Paul is an active choral singer.

MemberYael Balaban

My research interests are: sensory representations in literature; musical ekphrasis; Literary theory; Cognitive poetics; Modern Hebrew literature; aesthetics.
My PhD thesis was about sensory representations and their significance in the prose of Hebrew writer Shulamith Hareven. Recently I co-authored an article on representations of music in fiction with musicologist Prof. Naphtali Wagner of the Hebrew University.