Recent Graduates

A full listing of departmental alumni is available.

2013 Graduates

Alexandre Abdoulaev‘s research concentrates on French music during the World War I period and partnered jazz dance in Harlem, New York during the interbellum period. Alex works in the performing arts as a music director, researcher, and pianist, specializing in classical performance, musical theatre and cabaret, and jazz studies. Previously, he held faculty postings at such institutions as the Holton-Arms School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Washington National Opera.As a performer, Alexandre specializes in post-Third Republic French music, and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the Boston and Washington, DC areas. Alexandre was recently heard at the Lily Pad (Cambridge, MA), the Corcoran Museum (Washington, DC), the Taylor House, the Church of St. John the Evangelist, and the Hampshire House (Boston, MA), as well as a number of other high-profile venues. Currently, Alexandre is the artistic director of “Ghosts of Weimar,” a cabaret jazz ensemble specializing in performances of works of William Bolcom, Tom Lehrer, and George and Ira Gershwin.
Daniel John Carroll has presented scholarly papers at academic conferences on philosophy and music (including the College Music Society and American Musicological Society) throughout the United States and Canada. His academic work has been published in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and several conference proceedings. Non-academic writings include articles for Pulse; the arts, entertainment, and culture section of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho.
Sarah Clayton graduated with a Masters of Music degree in Historical Musicology. She was born in Chicago, IL, but spent most of her childhood in Sioux Falls, SD. She has played the piano for 18 years, and has also studied voice, trumpet, and tuba. Sarah holds a BM in Music Theory from the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance (2011).
Basil Considine completed a PhD in Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University in 2013 and is currently Dissertation Editor at Walden University in Minneapolis. He holds a BA in music and theatre from the University of San Diego and a Master’s degree in sacred music from the Boston University School of Theology; his teaching specialties include research and writing techniques, chamber music and vocal coaching, and dramatic interpretation. In addition to research in British, French, and Italian archives, Basil performed ethnomusicological fieldwork on tourism and indigenous music traditions in Hawaii, Reunion, and Mauritius; the latter island was the focus of his dissertation, Priests, Pirates, Opera Singers, and Slaves: Séga and European Art Music in Mauritius, ‘The Little Paris of the Indian Ocean’.Basil’s core research blends intertwining strands of music and theatre history with ethnography and military history. His active research interests include colonial music traditions in Saint Domingue/Haiti and Mauritius, filles d’opera in eighteenth-century Parisian culture, nationalism and race in nineteenth-century French opera, and race and social activism in the early American musical theatre. He is also a classical music and drama critic at the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
A native of Chile, Andrés Espinoza Agurto has been playing percussion since he was 8 years old. He studied Afro-Cuban percussion at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in La Habana, Cuba, graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Jazz Composition, and holds an MM from the University of York (England). He received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from Boston University in 2014. His dissertation is entitled Una Sola Casa: Salsa Consciente and the Poetics of the Meta-barrio, and analyzes the impact of Salsa music as a forging element of social and political identity within Latino and Latin American communities. Other research interests include the application of ethnomusicology to jazz performance and composition, Afro-Latino music, and Spanish language rap. He is also the composer, musical director, and percussionist of the Andres Espinoza World Jazz Ensemble, the Andres Espinoza Octet, and the Latin fusion sextet Los Songos Jalapeños. He has performed and taught in many countries around the world, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, England, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, and is also a faculty member at Roxbury Community College and the University of Maine system.
Maria Georgakarakou completed a PhD in Historical Musicology. A native of Athens, Greece, she received her BA in Greek Literature and Linguistics from the University of Athens in 1991. In 1997, she came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar, and received an MM in Early Music Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music in 2001.
Genithia Hogges is a native of Miami, Florida. She attended public schools in Miami, eventually graduating from the New World School of the Arts High School with a major in vocal music. This experience instilled in her the belief that music education is a necessity for all students, and was an important influence in her becoming a teacher. She holds a MA in Historical Musicology from BU (2013), a BA in both Spanish and English Literature (2001/2002) from Harvard University and a Master of Education (in Arts in Education) degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (2002). In college, Genithia mixed opera and choral singing with explorations of the connections between music and literature as means of cultural expression. She has taught Music and English, conducted school and church choirs, and performed as a soloist with community choruses in the area. For the past few years, she has focused on designing educational programs – most recently the Roland Hayes Project. This project brings musical, historical, and cultural education to under-served students and communities, and includes in-school workshops and public recitals.
Anne Parlato completed her MM in Historical Musicology in 2014. Her research interests include digitization and music and theories of oral transmission in Western plainchant. She has a B.A. in music from Washington and Lee University.
Ulrike Präger, a native of Munich, Germany, holds a diploma in voice from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) and a Masters in Music and Dance Education form the Mozarteum’s Carl Orff Institute. She was a faculty member of the University of Münster (Germany) and is currently a Teaching Fellow at Boston University, teaching the course “Music and Culture.” She gives frequent workshops on music and movement. Ulrike’s research interests include 17th- and 18th-century vocal pedagogy, and music and displacement in Eastern Europe. Her research on music and expulsion was presented at the International Doctoral Workshop “Ethonmusicological Research Today” in Hanover, Germany, and was awarded the James Koetting prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.Ulrike is currently a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Boston University. In the coming months, she will present papers at the European University Institute’s conference “Music and Imagined Communities” in Florence, Italy, and at the conference “German-Czech Musical Relations between the two World Wars” in Prague, Czech Republic. She is also an active performer and appears as a soprano soloist and chorister with ensembles throughout Europe and the United States, including Cappella Amsterdam, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and Cambridge Concentus.
Megan Ross is a native of East Northport, NY, and holds a Masters of Music degree in Historical Musicology. She is currently a doctoral student in Musicology at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where she received a BA in Music in 2011. Her current research interests include Beethoven studies, extramusical features in instrumental music, and Baroque music (especially for the flute).
Daniel Singer’s research interests include the music of China, particularly in the relationship between the music of the Uyghur minority and the Han majority, transnational movement, and the role of conversational narrative in shaping musical experience. Dan is an avid student of pipa, the Chinese lute, and clawhammer-style banjo. Dan holds a BA in Anthropology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, graduating magna cum laude with minors in Music and Asian Studies.
Kate Stringer completed her M.M. in Historical Musicology at Boston University in 2013, with a thesis entitled “Subverted Modernism: Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.” Before coming to BU, she began studies toward a B.M. in Musical Theatre at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., but completed her undergraduate education at Oklahoma City University, where she earned her B.A. in Music in 2008 and B.F.A. in Acting in 2009. She now holds the position of Music Library Instructional and Reserves Coordinator at BU’s Mugar Memorial Library. Her research interests include: opera and music theatre, music, politics and society in early 20th-century Europe (interwar Austria/Germany in particular), and, more recently, music of late Imperial/early Soviet Russia. A veteran stage performer, writer, and director, Kate is a versatile mezzo-soprano who actively pursues performance interests across genres. She is slated to present her first full-length solo concert in 2015.
Elizabeth Williamson completed a MM in Historical Musicology at Boston University. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors Scholar; her interest in musicology was inspired by the research conducted for her undergraduate honors thesis. While engaged with her thesis, she spent a year and a half studying the vocal works of Kurt Weill, learning from Weill scholars in both Germany and France, and presented her research a lecture-recital format mixing her passions for performance and historical research. She has also spent several years studying German, and has an active interest in Russian language and music. As a vocalist, Elizabeth’s interests are concentrated in art song and folk song, but she can be found performing anything from opera to musical theatre to jazz.
Corwyn Wyatt is a second year MM student in Historical Musicology. A native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he attended Center College (Danville, KY), receiving a BA in Music and Religion, and also studied at Queen’s University Belfast (UK). His diverse artistic background includes musicology, composition, period winds, and traditional Irish music. He plays the simple system Irish flute, Irish whistles, recorders, and Boehm flute; as a composer, he typically writes for solo flute and small ensembles.

2012 Graduates

Edward Sywulka completed an MA in Ethnomusicology at Boston University in 2012. A native of Whittier, California, he studied music composition and theology at Biola University in California, thereafter launching into private music teaching, freelance piano accompanying, and church ensemble directing. His graduate studies came from an interest in indigenous Christian hymnody across the globe, but more immediately in Bolivia, inspired by the heritage of his mother. He is also interested in issues of globalization, Andean folkloric music, interfaith relations, and being involved performing and creating music with religious (or otherwise!) communities.
Samantha Jones completed a Master of Music in Ethnomusicology at Boston University in 2012. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2010, where she earned a BA in Music with Honors magna cum laude and a BA in Cognitive Science magna cum laude. Samantha’s current research focus is on groove, phenomenology, and embodiment in Irish traditional music and dance. She has presented papers for the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Samantha held the Senior ESL Writing Fellowship at Boston University’s Educational Resource Center and was a tutor at Boston University’s Arts & Sciences Writing Center.
Panayotis (Paddy) League completed a Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology in 2012. Before coming to BU, he studied Classics and Modern Greek Studies at Hellenic College and the University of Crete. He primarily researches traditional music in Western Crete and the Greek Aegean, and is also deeply interested in the rabeca (fiddle) music of Northeastern Brazil. He performs and teaches traditional Greek and Irish music on the violin, various lutes, guitar, and percussion, and lectures in the Modern Greek Studies and Music Departments at Hellenic College in Brookline, Massachusetts. Paddy is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University.
Megan McCarty completed a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology at Boston University in 2012. She graduated from Southwestern University in 2009 with a BM in Music Literature (magna cum laude), with Honors in Music. In September 2011 she presented an updated version of her Undergraduate Honors Thesis Franz Liszt’s Settings of Poems by Victor Hugo: A Previously Unrecognized Song Cycle at the conference “Franz Liszt: Mirror of a European Society in Evolution” in Strasbourg, France. Other research interests include: 19th- and 20th-century music, musical exoticism, music and politics, historiography, and critical theory. Megan was named a 2012-2013 DAAD Scholar and began a PhD program in Musicology at Duke University in Fall 2013.
Colleen Ortiz completed a Master of Arts in Music degree with a concentration in Ethnomusicology in 2012. A native of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), she attended the University of Calgary for two years before moving to Los Angeles, California. While in LA, she completed a Bachelors Degree in Composition at the California State University of Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include the folklore and politics of Argentina and Spain.
Roxanne Roca completed an MM in Historical Musicology at Boston University in 2012. A native of Rehoboth, MA, she graduated from Rhode Island College in 2009 with a BA in Music, focusing on classical and jazz vocal performance. Her research interests include musical theater, children’s music, and Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu. She also works as an actress and vocalist for children’s organizations around Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Andrew Shryock completed a PhD in Historical Musicology at Boston University in 2012. His dissertation examines the efforts of George Frideric Handel and his librettists to appeal to and transfix the imagination of oratorio audiences in the mid-1740s. Andrew was a Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF) recipient at Boston University. He is currently a member of the musicology faculty at Boston Conservatory.

2011 Graduates

Max DeCurtins completed an MM in Historical Musicology at Boston University in 2011. He came to BU from the ever-temperate climate of his hometown, Menlo Park, California, and completed his thesis Aspects of Bach Reception in Israel under the supervision of Joshua Rifkin and Jeremy Yudkin. His paper “Changing Contexts for Bach Reception in Israel” was given at the Fall 2011 meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society and his paper “Historical Narratives: Bach Reception and Period Performance in Israel” was given at the 2011 Annual Meeting by the Israel Musicological Society.Prior to his studies at Boston University, Max studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in Music and Linguistics, and still pines for the majestic views of the Pacific and aromas of eucalyptus and ocean breeze that define Santa Barbara’s particular terroir. Max has also attended the Conductors Institute at Bard College, has conducted at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and remains keenly interested in conducting, music in education and journalism, and music & technology. Max’s research was inspired by a trip to Israel and focuses on the transmission, reception, and perception of the music of J.S. Bach in pre-modern and modern Israel. Max celebrates March 21st like a federal holiday and composes fugue subjects & expositions like some people do the New York Times crossword or Sudoku.
Stefano Graziano completed a PhD in Historical Musicology in 2011. A native of Italy, he completed his dissertation From Language to Music: Mapping the History of the Italian Lute Vocabulary in 2011, under the supervision of Victor Coelho. He received a Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF) award in 2010 to fund dissertation research in Italy. His paper “La Terza Via” was given at the Winter 2009 meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicologal Society.Prior to his studies in the United States, Stefano studied at the University of Perugia and the Conservatory Francesco Morlacchi (Perugia). He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar and Jazz History from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Utah, a Master of Music in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music.
Laurence Spezzano completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music specializing in Musicology in 2011. Originally from Central Islip, New York, Laurence found the transition to Boston and its Red Sox fans difficult to say the least. Laurence’s research interests include German late romanticism, historical and contemporary theatrical trends, and studies in musical maturity. In addition to his work in Musicology, Laurence has composed art songs, chamber music, and solo piano music under the direction of Martin Amlin and Samuel Headrick.Laurence’s terminal project “Exploring the Links Between the Ave Maria…virgo serena of Josquin Des Prez and Johannes Regis” was supervised by Joshua Rifkin. His research project “Examining Productions of Wagner’s Parsifal through the Twentieth Century” was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) grant and supervised by Thomas Peattie. His research has been presented in the BU UROP Symposium, in a lecture to the BU Musicology & Ethnomusicology departmental lecture, and at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.