Musicology Students and Graduates

Current Students in Musicology

Katherynn Hamilton is a first-year master’s student in musicology and currently serves as a graduate assistant for Brett Boutwell’s American Popular Music course. She is a Texas Scholar and has presented her research on the Jazz Age at the National History Honor Society conference in New Orleans. She holds a B.A. in music performance and a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Katlin Harris is a second-year 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 the music and culture of wind band, the interplay between music and politics of the early nineteenth-century, film music, and Franz Schubert.

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.

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)

Justin Andrew Owen (PhD, 2018)

“The Handmaiden of Gnosis: Music in Esoteric Societies”

Advisor: Blake Howe


Vivian Buchanan (MM, 2018)

“Debussy’s Piano Rolls and the French Harpsichord Tradition”

Advisor: Daniel Shanahan


Leanny Muñoz (MM, 2018)

“Homenajes: Finding Spanish Identity in Falla’s Orchestral Suite”

Advisor: Blake Howe

Now: Ms. Muñoz is a doctoral student at the University of California at Davis.

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. Research from his dissertation has appeared in the journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review.


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: Dr. Owen earned a 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.