Ph.D. in Music Theory and Music Cognition

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2015

Certification in Cognitive Science

Doctoral Dissertation: “Musical Counterpoint: Attention and Perception”

Co-advisors: Richard Ashley and Nina Kraus

Committee: Robert Gjerdingen and Vasili Byros

M.Mus. Musicology

Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2009

Master’s Essay: “Ravel’s Miroirs: A Hybrid of Neoclassicism and Impressionism”

Co-Advisors: Piero Weiss and Richard Giarusso

M.Mus. Piano Performance

Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 2008

Advisor: Marian Hahn

B.A. Double Major in Music and Neuroscience

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 2006

Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Senior Honors Thesis: “Chopin’s Only Self-Quotation: The Piano Concerto Op. 21 and Posthumous C#-minor Nocturne Lento con gran espressione

Advisors: Charles Fisk and Lois Shapiro

Professional Experience

Collegiate Faculty

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Fall 2019-Present

Course Name: Music and the Brain–Co-taught an introductory music cognition course with Dr. Indre Viskontas.  This survey course was geared towards graduate performance music students as a discussion-based graduate seminar + lecture.  Covered topics related to the biological and behavioral perception of music, music therapy, music and medicine.

Adjunct Faculty

Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Spring 2014-Spring 2016

Course Name: Introduction to Music Cognition – Taught a survey course to graduate performance music students as a discussion-based graduate seminar. Covered topics related to perception of musical form as well as biological and behavioral processing of music.

New Initiatives Research Coordinator

Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (, Baltimore, MD

July 2015-January 2016

Served as an independent consultant aiding with workflow management, database organization, and promotional materials. Increased workflow efficiency and organization for the digitization of historical music periodicals.  Served as the promotional editor for the newly-launched RIPM academic blog “Curios, News, and Chronicles” featuring scholarly anecdotes on Classical music history. Handled social media presence (facebook and twitter) as well as interacting with users at academic music conferences.

Adjunct Faculty

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Intersession 2014

Course Name: Introduction to Music Cognition

Taught a survey course to undergraduate students of varied backgrounds. The course was structured as a three-week intensive covering topics related to social psychology of music and biological/behavioral processing of music.

Teaching Assistant in Music Theory

Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Course Name: Sophomore Music Theory

Implemented and adapted lesson plans from coordinator Robert Reinhart, educated students on analytical techniques from Baroque counterpoint to 21st century music, planned classes, lectured, tutored, graded, and organized all class activities.

Research Assistant to Dr. Susan Weiss
Peabody Institute of Music

Summer 2008

Prepared document Music in the Culture of the Renaissance for publication

Acted as copy editor, wrote permissions for reprinting of figures and media

Graduate Assistant to Piero Weiss

Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, MD


Course Names: Graduate Seminar on History of Opera, Graduate Seminar on Mozart, Graduate Seminar on Schubert, Undergraduate Music History: 19thCentury Music

Attended all classes and aided in preparation of teaching, proctored exams and took responsibility for class organization and management.

Graduate Assistant to Elam Ray Sprenkle

Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, MD


Course Name: Undergraduate Music History: The Classical Period

Taught seminars on how to write academic papers about music, graded all exams and papers.

Honors and Awards

Nominee for the Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, 2012

Nominee for the Bienen School of Music

Featured in Northwestern University Graduate Research Highlights 2011-2012

Northwestern University Cognitive Science Graduate Specialization 2010

Irving Lowens Endowed Memorial Prize in Musicology, Peabody Institute of Music 2009

Wellesley College Trustee Scholar 2006

Wellesley College Departmental Honors in Music for Senior Thesis 2006

Billings Performance Prize in Music, Wellesley College Department of Music 2006\

District Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship 2005-2006

Wellesley College Candidate for the Marshall Scholarship 2005-2006

Wellesley College First-Year Distinction 2003

Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Society for Music Theory (SMT) Minority Travel Grant 2012

Mariani Foundation Neurosciences and Music IV Travel Scholarship 2011

Northwestern University Graduate Research Grant 2011-2012

Northwestern University Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowship 2010-2011

Northwestern University Graduate School Conference Travel Grants 2010-2011

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Conference Travel Grants 2010-2011

Anne Louise Barrett Fellowship for Graduate Study 2006-2007

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship 2002

Professional Service

Society for Neuroscience of Creativity Organizing Committee Member, 2021-present

Diversity and Minority Chair and Steering Committee Member of spARO (student, postdoc, resident and fellow) chapter of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 2018-present

Member of Planning Committee for the Music, Mind, Meaning Conference 2012-2013

Graduate student volunteer at the Society for Music Theory Conference 2013

Select Performance Activities

Solo Piano Recitals (yearly) 2001-2008

Masterclass with Leon Fleisher, Peabody Institute of Music, 2007

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

With Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, 2005

With Wellesley Brandeis Orchestra as 2003 Concerto Winner

Fortepiano Concert, Wellesley College, Triple Helix Festival, March 2004

Grieg Piano Concerto, Op. 16

With Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, 2002

With Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21

With Boston University Chamber Orchestra. 1999

With Longy Young Performer’s Chamber Orchestra, 2000

Performances with Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO), 2001-2002

Central European Tour (Prague, Budapest, Debrecen)

Performance in Boston Symphony Hall of Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin

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