Lester Hu, Keynote Speaker

Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Hu's research focuses on the global history of music during the so-called early modern period—both on the time period itself, typically defined as late 1400s to early 1800s, and on its much-debated “early modern” label. Specifically, Hu studies popular songs, operas, tunings, and musical thoughts that flourished in Europe and East and Inner Asia and the trans-Eurasian networks of people, goods, and knowledge. Besides examining the interstices between songs/sounds and empire-building, colonialism, migration, and global integration, Hu also asks how music can help us understand exactly what (early) modernity meant in a global context, and how its sonic legacies continue to inform the ways we hear and conceptualize globality today.


Roundtable Speakers:

Virginia Danielson (Harvard University)

Lester Hu (UC Berkeley)

Alexander Rehding (Harvard University)

Kate van Orden (Harvard University)




Alicia Britton

Alicia BrittonAlicia Britton attends Boston University in pursuit of a masters degree in ethnomusicology and graduates in May 2020. Her primary interests include sound studies and their potential medical use for mental health. In addition to being an academic-in-training, she is an actor, singer, pianist and distinguished private voice and piano instructor. Having pushed performative boundaries among many projects during her time at BU, she is a fall 2020 applicant for a PhD in performance studies.


Jon Bullock

Jon BullockJon Bullock is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. He holds a BA in religion, an MA in ethnomusicology, and an MA in music. Jon’s research interests include musical constructions of time, place, and the Other, particularly in Iraqi Kurdistan. He has also written about relationships between the sonic and the spiritual, producing research both on music censorship within the Christian Church and various sonic phenomena within Islamic performative and theological traditions. The working title of his dissertation project is (Re)sounding Tradition: Iraqi Kurdish Musicians and the Transformation of Musical Practice, 1923-Present.


Samuel Chan

Samuel ChanSamuel Chan is a PhD student and Henry MacCracken Fellow in Music at New York University. He received his MA in Music/Integrative Studies from UC San Diego as a Jockey Club Scholar, and his BA in Music (First Class Honors) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Kunkle and Pommerenke Scholar. He has presented his work on musical hatred, vocal failure, and digital circulation in conferences in Finland, Hong Kong, and the US. His current research interests include global sound studies, media anthropology, Sinophone studies, and gastromusicology.


Michael Clark

Michael ClarkMichael Clark is a pianist, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), and writer based in Houston, Texas. As a performer, he specializes in the works of American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Clark’s recent scholarly projects include publications in the MTNA e-Journal and Clavier Companion and presentations at the MTNA National Conference and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. He also reviews opera for Houstonia Magazine. Clark earned his BM in Performance at Ithaca College, MM in Performance at University of Houston, and is currently pursuing his DMA in Performance at Rice University.


Lee Gilboa

Lee GilboaLee Gilboa is an Israeli composer, artist and audio engineer. She completed her BM at Berklee College of Music, her MFA at Columbia University, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University. In her work she uses speech, audio spatialization and vocal processing in order to address themes such as identity, gender, naming and objectification. Lee is a curator in Daniel Neumann's organization CT::SWaM and her work has been presented at Roulette Intermedium, Fridman Gallery and Cube Fest among others. Lee’s debut album The Possibility of Sonic Portraiture was released by Contour Editions in 2019. @gilbi0394


Saad Haddad

Saad HaddadSaad Haddad (b. 1992) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. Born in the state of Georgia and raised in California, Haddad holds degrees in composition from the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, where he is a Dean’s Fellow in Composition at Columbia University and the 2019–21 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence.


Anne Hameister

Anne HameisterAnne is a visiting fellow at Harvard University during spring 2020, working on her PhD project “Ideas about the future in music theoretical writings at the turn of the century (1900)”. Before her doctoral studies in musicology (Hamburg University of Music and Drama), she has studied music theory, Germanic studies and teacher training for music in secondary schools (Rostock University, Rostock University of Music and Drama). In 2016/17, she took part in the graduate program music history and theory at the University of Chicago as an exchange student. Besides History of Music Theory, her interests include Music before 1945 and implicit polyphony.


Devanney Haruta

Devanney HarutaDevanney Haruta is a master’s student in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, focusing her research in organology (the study of musical instruments). This past fall, she played oboe in Wesleyan’s New Music Ensemble, which inspired her current ethnography that investigates how students in the ensemble develop extended techniques in improvisational performance. Passionate about engaging and educating public audiences in music, Devanney has worked for arts organizations in Oregon, Montana, and Rhode Island, and is now a graduate TA with the Wesleyan World Instrument Collection. In her free time, Devanney bakes vegan cakes and granola.


Patrick Huang

Patrick HuangPatrick graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He then moved to the U.K. and studied ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on a comparison between the historical origin and philosophical background of Graeco-Roman and Sinospheric music systems. Besides, Patrick is also a ‘for-fun’ composer and music arranger; he has mainly composed soundtracks for indie games and singers.



Joanna Kim

Joanna KimSoprano Joanna Hyunji Kim performed internationally, including the USA, South Korea, and Europe. Born in America but raised in South Korea, she adores both cultures and desires to advocate Korean art song in the States. Ms. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music at Ewha Woman’s University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Under the study of Dr. Robert McIver, she earned a Master of Music with dual degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Literature at Eastman under Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff.


Winnie W.C. Lai

Winnie W.C. LaiWinnie Lai is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology and a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, currently based in Philadelphia, U.S.A. and Hong Kong. Her works mainly focus on but are not limited to, musical and sonic activism, urban sounds, the philosophical juncture of sound, music, listening, space, and human acts and bodies, sound studies, performance studies, the anthropology of sound, Hong Kong protests, sound arts, and ethnographic films.



Michael Mazin

Michael MazinMichael Mazin is currently a second year master's student in Musicology at McGill University. His primary research interests include power relations in music institutions, their development and functioning, comparative analysis of music educational systems in different countries. Michael is also interested in how current social and political trends influence musicians and their interactions with society.



Jonathan Salamon

Jonathan SalamonJonathan Salamon is a historical keyboardist based in New York, NY. A recent prizewinner at the 2019 Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition in Lamèque, Canada, he has performed and presented papers/lecture-recitals at festivals and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Jonathan taught secondary harpsichord lessons while at Yale and was a Teaching Assistant for an early music history course. He completed his undergraduate studies at NYU and holds a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Arthur Haas. Jonathan is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Yale.


Monika Voithofer

Monika VoithoferMonika Voithofer studied Musicology and Philosophy at the Universities of Graz and Vienna. She completed her MA at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with an award-winning thesis on the role of female artists within the “ISCM”. Currently she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Graz. Her dissertation scrutinizes conceptual music and its entwined history with conceptual art practices. To this end, she is currently pursuing research at several institutions located in London, New York City and Chicago. Her academic work is focused on music aesthetics, twentieth century avant-gardes and contemporary music/art in the twenty-first century.


Charles White

Charles WhiteCharles White is known professionally as Charles Boguinia. Charles is a New York City based sound artist. He has worked with the Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Moscow String Quartet, Sō Percussion, and the ÆON Music Ensemble. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Symphony Space, Le Poisson Rouge, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and other venues. Charles has collaborated with the NASA Goddard Institute on works addressing climate change. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the founding director of the ÆON Music Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in NYC.


Lawrence Wilde

Lawrence WildeLawrence Wilde is a composer, educator, violinist, and nyckelharpa player. His music has been performed by ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, JACK Quartet, ÆON, Sō Percussion, Tesla Quartet, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Moscow String Quartet, Ensemble Mise-En, Juilliard Orchestra and others. Lawrence went on to complete a B.M in music composition at the Juilliard School and an M.F.A. at Princeton University. Wilde is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Princeton University and studies privately with Sofia Gubaidulina in Hamburg Germany.


Christine Wu

Christine WuChristine Wu is a pianist from Troy, Michigan. She has performed on stages throughout North America and Europe, and is a prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions. She holds degrees in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School (BMus, MMus), and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Yale School of Music. At the moment, her musical interests are centered around Schubert and music of the First Viennese School.


Bethany Younge

“The mBethany Youngeusic of Bethany Younge... deals with the body, the unique vocal expression and physicality of Younge herself—questions of identity when as much conditioning is stripped away as possible, and the bizarre theater that is born of all this.” -Nina Dante

Bethany Younge is currently pursuing her DMA in Music Composition at Columbia University. She has had works performed by JACK Quartet, TAK Ensemble, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, ASKO|Schönberg Ensemble, TILT Brass, KLANG, Ereprijs Orkestra, Fonema Consort, Gyre Ensemble, Mocrep, and others throughout Europe and the USA. In 2016, she was awarded the Stipend Prize at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt.

Zhoushu Ziporyn

Zhoushu ZiporynRoy Dickinson Welch Fellow PhD student at Princeton University, focusing on the philosophy of music, humor and time, in conjunction with music theory and cognitive zoo-cultural musicology. Recipient of various awards, including the Nicola De Lorenzo Prize for Music Composition, the Eisner Music Award, The Matthew William Fisher Memorial Award, Alfred Hertz Traveling Scholarship and nominee of the Theatre Bay Area Award for his theatre work in San Francisco. Zhoushu has been taught the traditional art of Kyōgen under master Tōjiro Yamamoto, culminating in a hired performance with the Yamamoto family themselves at the National Nō Theater of Japan.