Elizabeth Campbell is a musicology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis. She graduated from Indiana University in 2017 with master’s degrees in musicology and library science after completing a bachelor’s degree in music at Luther college in 2014. Her research interests include Renaissance vocal polyphony and amateur music making in the United States, in particular the music of the early twentieth-century women’s suffrage movement.
Melita Anastasia Denny is a student in the UC Davis Ph.D. program in musicology. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in viola da gamba performance from Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, graduating with distinction in 2009. During her studies at IU, she also did additional work in music history with research interests centering on the history of music theory and imitative counterpoint in Renaissance sacred polyphony.
Andressa Gonçalves Vidigal is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of California, Davis. She is Brazilian and grew up in the city of Maringá, Paraná. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Universidade Estadual de Maringá and a master’s en route from University of California, Davis. Her current studies are funded by the Brazilian agency CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel); from whom she received the esteemed Doutorado Pleno (Full Doctoral) Scholarship.
Jonathan Minnick is a third-year musicology PhD student at UC Davis. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in trombone performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. At UNC, he performed in many ensembles across the campus while also focusing on musicological studies, leading to an honors thesis exploring Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. This thesis explores the Alpine Symphony in terms of its historical origins, cultural influences, symphonic characteristics, and extensive tone painting.
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.
B.M. Performance (flute), UC Santa BarbaraM.A. Musicology, Pennsylvania State University
Claire Thompson is a doctoral candidate in musicology at UC Davis. She has a B.M. in performance (flute) from UC Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in musicology from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include music aesthetics and the cultural and political aspects of opera and operetta. Her dissertation explores the creation, dissemination, and reception of nineteenth-century Italian operas based on the works of Sir Walter Scott. She is a recipient of the Hubert H. and Barbara P.
Jeremiah Trujillo is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and historical musicologist. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a special prize for the interpretation of a nineteenth-century Romantic work at the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianists Competition. He is a recipient of the 2018 Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Musical Performance at UC Davis, and the 2014 Eisner Prize for Music, awarded at UC Berkeley. Jeremiah was also a finalist in the 2013 Carmel Music Society piano competition, held at Sunset Center in Carmel, CA.
Serena Yang is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, and Asian music. Yang holds a bachelor’s degree in violin from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in music history from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (under the supervision of bruce d. mcclung).