Current Students in the MFA in Musicology Program
Paul David Flood
Paul David Flood received his B.A. in Music, concentrated in Voice and Music History, from Westminster Choir College in May 2019. His research focuses on cultivations and perceptions of national identity and ethos in 20th and 21st-century vocal literature of the Nordic, Baltic, and Arctic nations, as well as the United States. His paper “Operatic Pursuits of the American Dream,” examining a conceptual timeline of the American Dream through Philip Glass’s The Perfect American and Marc-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole, received an Undergraduate Research Scholarship Award from his alma mater.
Outside of his research, Paul is an active choral singer. He is currently a staff singer at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, in addition to singing with choirs based in Orange County and Philadelphia. At Westminster Choir College, he sang with the Westminster Williamson Voices and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Joao Martins graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance and in Film Scoring and Composition. He also holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Literature from the University of Coimbra. His research interests include traditional and contemporary Brazilian music styles and the intersection of performance, musicology, and post-colonial studies, as well as the theoretical works of Nicolas Slonimsky and Henry Cowell.
As a performer, he has toured Europe, Brazil, South Korea, and the US and has composed and arranged music for film, dance, and theatre. He has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for his work as a composer.
Martin Varner’s research is focused on 19th century German music criticism and its role in audience reception. He is also interested in criticism’s evolution in contemporary society. Martin did his undergraduate work at Clark University with Dr. Ben Korstvedt and completed his essay Art, Philosophy and Religion: The Role of Music in Hegelian Artistic Philosophy which focuses on the parallels found in the works of Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer and the writings of Eduard Hanslick, Franz Brendel and Richard Wagner. In his spare time, Martin has been a touring bluegrass musician performing on both mandolin and guitar at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual festival in its previous location of Nashville, TN and its current location in Raleigh, NC.
Former Students in the MFA in Musicology Program
Philip Bixby received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, where his undergraduate thesis explored the relationship between Surrealist aesthetics and the works of György Ligeti. At the University of California, Irvine, his recent research is focused on the formal treatment of pastoral devices in the later music of Frank Bridge and Gustav Holst, examining the conventions of English pastoralism within a discourse of lateness. When not engaged in musicological research, Philip enjoys playing the piano and reading books on visual art, interdisciplinary accounts of modernism, linguistics, and the decipherment of writing systems. Following his graduation from UCI, Philip has gone on to pursue doctoral studies in music at Yale University.
Joanna received her BA in Music Studies with an Emphasis in Western Art Music from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2017. Her senior thesis involved research in the performance practices of the Bach cello suites through analyzing 78rpm recordings using Sonic Visualizer and exploring various interpretations of the suites with fellow cellists and dance choreographers. Her research interests at UCI included audience and performer perceptions of the relationship between movement and sound production, mainly from the perspective as a cellist. Other interests include both music and sound design in film and media.
Sarah Lindmark holds a master’s degree in Musicology from the University of California Irvine, where her research focused primarily on theories of allusion in popular music and the mainstream hip hop music video. She has worked for the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music under conductor Marin Alsop, reported on the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival for the New York Public Radio show New Sounds, and has presented her work at conferences such as the German Society for Popular Music Conference in Oldenburg, Germany, the Annual Plenary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and at the Popular Music, Popular Movements Conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has received awards including the Holmes Fellowship, the Leo Freedman Fellowship, the Plantronics Creativity and Innovation Scholarship, and the Barati Cello Scholarship. Her current research interests include timbral studies, beat-making and production techniques, and the history of music technology. Following her graduation, Sarah has gone on to pursue doctoral studies in musicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.