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. Her current studies are funded by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), as she is the holder of an esteemed Doutorado Pleno (Full Doctoral) Scholarship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Universidade Estadual de Maringá. She is Brazilian, from Paraná state, and her research interests range from studying medieval music, and Hildegard von Bingen, to Brazilian radio music of the 1940s.
Jonathan Minnick holds a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC He played in the jazz band, athletic and marching bands, wind ensemble, and orchestra, as well as in numerous chamber ensembles. During the second half of his undergraduate career, he dedicated his efforts to music historical studies, leading to an honors thesis exploring Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. Here Minnick analyzes the historical origins, cultural influences, and extensive tone painting of a turning-point work in the composer’s career.
Jonathan Spatola-Knoll is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis, where he pursues degrees in musicology and conducting. Originally from Olympia, Washington, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Whitman College in 2011, where he first became interested in synthesizing research and performance. At Whitman he organized premiere performances of two works by the Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée (1841–1929), and his edition of her String Quartet in D Minor has been accepted for publication by Hildegard Publishing Company. Other research interests include performance practice and interpretation of Lieder, American opera, orientalism and representation, and music in 19th-century Russia.
Adam Swanson is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although Adam is only twenty-four years old, he has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.
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 the 2014 Eisner Prize for Music, awarded at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a finalist in the 2013 Carmel Music Society piano competition, held at Sunset Center in Carmel, CA. At the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, he received a special prize for the interpretation of a nineteenth-century Romantic work.
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).