I am an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at George Mason University, where I teach undergraduate core theory and graduate courses in advanced theory topics.

My research primarily deals with popular music, timbre, synthesizers, and recording techniques. My dissertation is titled “A New Approach to the Analysis of Timbre.” I proceed from a technical analysis of timbre via spectrograms and incorporate cultural and sociological research. You can read more about my research on my Research page and throughout my blog.

I am an active performer. I am a soprano in the St. Gregory Choir in McLean, Virginia. In New York, I sang in the Renaissance Street Singers chorus, which performs in New York City every other Sunday (all concerts are free and open to the public), as well as in a quartet at the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown New York City. I am also a pianist. I am a freelance arranger; my work has been performed by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

I hold a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, M.M. from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and B.M. from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


Ph.D. in music theory, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY. Dissertation title: A New Approach to the Analysis of TimbreAdvisor: Prof. Mark Spicer. 2017.

M.M. in music theory, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2012.

B.M. in music theory, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2010.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“A New Approach to Analysis of Timbre: A Study in Timbre Narratives and Instrumentation in 1980s Pop” will be presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in San Antonio, TX, November 1, 2018.


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