Musicology Students and Graduates

Current Students in Musicology

Vivian Buchanan is currently a second-year master’s student at Louisiana State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Musicology. A native of New Orleans, she received her bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a double major in Music History and Vocal Performance. Her research interests include expressionism, French modernism, music of the Soviet era, and performance practice. She is currently writing her master’s thesis on performance practice in early recordings of Debussy solo piano works.

Katlin Harris is a master’s student from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She graduated with a degree in Flute Performance and minor in History from Methodist University in 2017, and she works as a graduate assistant in Musicology at LSU. Her areas of research interest include music and politics of the early nineteenth-century, film music, and Franz Schubert. Recently, Katlin has been published in the 2017 edition of Methodist University’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, and she presented a paper on the analysis of temporal and physical space in Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy at the  2018 AMS-Southern chapter meeting.

Brooks Marion is master’s student in Musicology. He graduated from Millsaps College in 2016 with a bachelor of arts in Music with a focus in music history. His areas of interest include the late style of Franz Schubert, minimalism, American music, popular music, film music, and the effect of technology on music composition.

Leanny Muñoz is a master’s student in musicology at Louisiana State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts and a minor in Music Performance from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. There, she wrote an undergraduate thesis, “Female Characters in Opera of the Enlightenment through the Late-Romantic Era: Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, and Puccini.” Her primary research interests are in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Spanish nationalism, especially as related to the work of Felipe Pedrell and Manuel de Falla. Additionally, Leanny is interested in the relationship between music and literature, as well as the interdisciplinary study of music.

Michael Palmese is a doctoral candidate in Musicology at Louisiana State University with a minor in Comparative Literature. His research interests include minimalism, Samuel Beckett, politics and music, and the Viennese fin de siècle. Michael’s dissertation examines the means by which John Adams experiments with or adopts modes of writing from other composers, investigating a range of pieces from previously unknown juvenilia to more recent orchestrations.  Michael recently presented portions of his dissertation research at the National Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, NY in November 2017 and at the American Musicological Society Southern Chapter Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA in February 2018.

Recent Graduates in Musicology (since 2000)

Warren Kimball (PhD, 2017)
“Northern Music Culture in Antebellum New Orleans”

Advisor: Brett Boutwell

Now: Dr. Kimball teaches music history at Loyola University in New Orleans.


John T. Dunn (PhD, 2016)

“The Representation of Disability in the Music of Alfred Hitchcock Films”

Advisor: Blake Howe

Now: Dr. Dunn is Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.


Karl Simmerman (MM, 2016)

“The Sketches for Felix Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Op. 36”

Advisor: Andreas Giger


Yuxi Zhao (MM, 2016)

“Zhenfang Zhao’s Widow Xianglin and New Directions in Modern Huai Opera”

Advisor: Andreas Giger


Timothy Love (PhD, 2015)

“Thomas Davis, The Nation, and Songs of Irish Nationalism”

Advisor: Brett Boutwell

Now: Dr. Love works as an administrative assistant at LSU and teaches occasional music history courses.


Megan Murph (MM, 2013)

“Max Neuhaus and the Musical Avant-Garde”

Advisor: Brett Boutwell

Now: Ms. Murph is pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Kentucky.


Tina Huettenrauch (PhD, 2012)

“Three Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Performance Practice”

Advisor: Jan Herlinger

Now: Dr. Huettenrauch completed her MLS, with a specialization in academic and health services librarianship.


Justin Andrew Owen (MM 2012)

“Hidden Music: Vowel Formant Theory and the Languages of Verdi’s Don Carlos”

Advisor: Andreas Giger

Now: Mr. Owen is pursuing PhD in musicology at LSU.


Warren Kimball (MM, 2011)

“Ives’s Seasonal Songs”

Advisor: Brett Boutwell

Now: Mr. Kimball earned a PhD in musicology at LSU and now teaches music history at Loyola University in New Orleans


Sarah Wells Kaufman (MM, 2009)

“The Pasquale Amato Correspondence at Louisiana State University”

Advisor: Andreas Giger

Now: Mrs. Kaufman is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University in Chicago.


Tina Huettenrauch (MM, 2008)

“The Mise en scène of Rossini’s Le Siège de Corinthe and the Conventions of Staging at the Paris Opéra in the 1820s”

Advisor: Andreas Giger

Now: Dr. Huettenrauch has completed her MLS, with a specialization in academic and health services librarianship.


Patrick Kaufman (MM, 2007)

“The Apologia of Franchino Gafurio: A Critical Edition and Translation”

Advisor: Jan Herlinger

Now: Mr. Kaufman is pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Chicago.


Joseph La Rosa (DMA, 2006)

“Formal Conventions in Verdi’s Falstaff”

Advisor: Andreas Giger

Now: Dr. La Rosa teaches piano and language classes in Paris, France. He also works as a French-English translator.


Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith (PhD, 2002)

“Alban Berg’s Filmic Music: Intentions and Extensions of the Film Music Interlude in the Opera Lulu”

Advisor: Jan Herlinger

Now: Dr. Goldsmith is a sound recording engineer and producer and the co-owner of MLMC Media, located in Northampton, MA.


Heather Koren Pinson (MM, 2002)

“Aspects of Jazz and Classical Music in David N. Baker’s Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini”

Advisor: Andreas Giger

Now: Dr. Pinson is Associate Professor of Media Arts, Associate Professor of Communication, and Department Head of Communication at Robert Morris University.


Nancy Ellen Washer (PhD, 2002)

“‘Los motz e.l so’: Words, Melody, and Their Interaction in the Songs of Folquet de Marseille”

Advisor: Jan Herlinger

Now: Dr. Washer is Director of the Delta College, State University of New York at Brockport.


Linda Page Cummins (PhD, 2001)

“Debussy and the Fragment”

Advisor: Matthew Brown and Jan Herlinger

Now: Dr. Cummins is Associate Professor of Musicology and the University of Alabama.