My in-progress monograph, Threshold, Dreamscape, Substance, Screen: Contemporary Opera and/as Medium, which maps out the expanding territory of contemporary opera in the twenty-first century, is now under contract with the University of Michigan Press. In it, I find precedent for recent developments in twentieth-century opera; link pieces from apparently distinct schools and sensibilities by examining their shared preoccupations with media and mediation; and synthesize ideas and approaches from media theory, performance studies, literary criticism, political philosophy, and musicology. The operas I write about address some of the most pressing issues of contemporary life - the breakdown of shared social reality, mass-mediated deception, fake news, surveillance regimes, economies of exploitation, human trafficking, elite complicity with rising authoritarianism, discrimination, climate crises - and accordingly, so do I. I’m thrilled to be working with UM Press Editorial Director and Senior Acquiring Editor for Music and Media Studies Mary Francis on this project. I’m also slated to contribute a chapter for the forthcoming volume Thomas Adès Studies, edited by Philip Stoecker and Edward Venn for Cambridge University Press. Stay tuned for news about projects that are in the works, but have to remain under wraps for now…
My academic book and media reviews have appeared in German Studies Review and the Journal of the Society for American Music. I also have one forthcoming in MLA Notes. Please see the curriculum vitae below for more information about my talks, teaching experience, publications, professional service, public musicology efforts, and more. You can find a writing sample here; it's a conference paper I presented at the 2017 IASPM-US Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and a preview of the article I’m finishing up as of summer 2019. I’m affiliated with the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the American Comparative Literature Association, and other scholarly groups. As of July 2019, I serve on the Chapter Activities Committee of the AMS, having taken part in many an AMS Midwest meeting over the years.
I've written for Musicology Now, the official blog of the American Musicological Society; find my piece here. I contribute album reviews for I Care if You Listen, one of the internet's finest blogs on contemporary music. I also review concerts for Cleveland Classical, Northeast Ohio's welcoming home for performance listings, previews, and all-around excellent coverage and criticism.
"Lulu's Daughters: Portraying the Anti-Heroine in Contemporary Opera, 1993-2013," my doctoral dissertation, will become available online in August 2019. It digs into the return of the fallen woman and femme fatale narrative - Catherine Clément’s “undoing of women” - in opera at the turn of the millennium, and asks why so many of the composers, librettists, and directors behind these pieces turn to popular music and visual media as tropes in pieces of this type. Its case study chapters cover stage works by Adès, Andriessen, Turnage, and Neuwirth. Susan McClary served as my advisor, and Francesca Brittan, Daniel Goldmark, and Susanne Vees-Gulani served on the committee. The University of Toronto’s Sherry Lee joined for my defense as a guest committee member.
I write program notes for performing arts organizations, and hope to have an archive of these posted here soon. If you live in Northeast Ohio, catch me at concerts of the Cleveland Chamber Music Society! I give pre-concert lectures once a year and attend often.
In spring 2019, I taught hip hop history and culture in the SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship) undergraduate writing program at Case Western Reserve University, while concurrently rejoining that institution’s Department of Music as the lecturer in charge of the 1800-2000 portion of the music history survey. In the same term, I taught the two-part music literature sequence in the School of Music at the University of Akron. I’ve also facilitated an online course, “Music, Self, and Society,” for the Berklee College of Music. My teaching portfolio, last updated in mid-2018 and therefore not quite current, is available for download here. Read all of my course syllabi here.
For more information or to get in touch, you can find me on LinkedIn, Academia, and Humanities Commons. Follow me on Instagram (link above) for mostly non-music-related images (read: food, pets, art installations, vanity plates, visual puns, pets, anything Lynchian).