I am assistant professor of music history at the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. My main areas of focus are on late medieval notation, theory, and performance; medievalism; and contemporary pop music, jazz, and music in media such as film, television, and video games. Additionally, I am an active singer, performer, and conductor of both early and contemporary music.


Ph.D, Duke University

M.M., Peabody Conservatory

B.A., Gettysburg College


“ ‘The Things I Do For Lust …’: Humor and Subversion in The Bard’s Tale (2004),” requested for Music and Role-Playing Games, edited by William Gibbons and Steven Reale, New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018/2019.

“Representations of Disability in Images of Medieval Musicians,” under review at/accepted for for The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb, forthcoming 2018/19.

“Gaming the Medievalist World in Harry Potter,” under contract with The Oxford Handbook of Medievalism in Music, forthcoming, 2018.

“1378: Music at the Start of the Schism,” under review at Early Music America.

“Whose Music? Questions of Representation in the Early Music Survey,” under review at/accepted for Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART), forthcoming 2018.

“Going Medieval on (in?) Music: The Early Music Survey Course at a Conservatory,” under review at/accepted for Out of the Cloister: Lone Medievalists Making the Middle Ages Matter, a themed issue of The Lone Medievalist, forthcoming 2018.

“Nicolaus de Aversa, Frater.” Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2018.

“Beyond (the) Halo: Plainchant in Video Games,” in Studies in Medievalism XXVII: Authenticity, Medievalism, Music, edited by Karl Fugelso, 183–200. Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2018.

With James Cook. “Music and Medievalism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2018. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0241

“John Dunstaple.” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthologyhttp://www.armusicanthology.com/anthology/ViewerPlus.aspx?=1&music_id=784 [log-in required]

“Beyond the Grave: The Dies Irae in Video Games.” Sounding Out! December 18, 2017.  https://soundstudiesblog.com/2017/12/18/beyond-the-grave-the-dies-irae-in-video-game-music/

Karen Cook and Carol Williams, “New Light on Frater Nicolaus de Aversa: His Plainchant Treatise in LHD 244,” Musica Disciplina 60 (2015, pub. 2017): 115–148.

“Cantigas de Santa Maria,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, 2017. http://www.armusicanthology.com/anthology/ViewerPlus.aspx?=1&music_id=745 [log-in required]

“Comtessa (Beatriz?) de Dia,” A-R Editions Online Musical Anthology, 2017. http://www.armusicanthology.com/anthology/ViewerPlus.aspx?=1&music_id=746 [log-in required]

Review of The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut, by Yolanda Plumley (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Ars Lyrica 24 (2015, pub. 2017): 75–78.

Review of The Musica of Hermannus Contractus, ed. and trans. Leonard Ellinwood, rev. and new introduction by John L. Snyder (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2015). Francia-Recensio, 2017. http://www.perspectivia.net/publikationen/francia/francia-recensio/2017- 1/ma/ellinwood_cook 

“Text Mining and Early Music: Using Lexomics in Research.” Early Music (Winter 2015): 1–6.

“A New Reading of Binchois’s ‘Mon seul et souverain desir.’ ” Plainsong & Medieval Music 24, issue 2 (Oct. 2015): 167–88.

Review of The ‘Ars musica’ Attributed to Magister Lambertus/Aristoteles, edited by Christian Meyer & translated by Karen Desmond (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015). Theoria 22 (2015): 189–94.

“Music, History, and Progress in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV,” in Music and Video Games: Studying Play, edited by K. J. Donnelly, William Gibbons, and Neil Lerner, 166–82. New York: Routledge, 2014.


Non Est Minimo Dare Minus: The Fracturing of Rhythm in the Late Medieval Period. Monograph.

Host: 6th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music [NACVGM], University of Hartford, March 30-31, 2019. CFP to be distributed shortly!

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“In the Household of Johannes de Blauzac,” AMS National Conference, San Antonio, TX, Nov 1-4, 2018.


American Musicological Society

AMS: New England Chapter

AMS: Ludomusicology Study Group

AMS: Music & Media Study Group

AMS: Popular Music Study Group

Society for Music Theory

AMS/SMT: Early Music Analysis Interest Group

AMS/SMT: History of Music Theory Interest Group

New England Conference of Music Theorists

Medieval Academy of America

TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

International Machaut Society

Society for American Music

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

The Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games

American Recorder Society

Sigma Alpha Iota

MEARCSTAPA: monsters: the experimental association for the research of cryptozoology through scholarly theory and practical application

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