Welcome. I am a historical musicologist—or, if you prefer, a musical historian—who investigates how composers develop their musical styles in relation to the social and economic circumstances in which they work. I hold a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where I was a Mildred and Herbert Lee fellow. I am now a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Music at the University at Buffalo, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Research. Here are some of the projects I’ve been working on:
- I am investigating the world of nineteenth-century music publishers, and their artistic influence on the style of composers from the period, in a series of recent articles.
- The above project relates to a broader study of maximalism, which was the subject of my doctoral dissertation, and other modes of stylistic development.
- I also enjoy subjecting corpora of sixteenth-century polyphony to formal empirical analysis, taking a quantitative approach to questions of text setting in the Italian madrigal.
Teaching. I have developed a number of seminars and lecture courses, primarily for undergraduates, during my time at UB. You can read the course descriptions here.