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.