2016 Music Department Graduates

Friday, May 13, 2016
Eight Music majors and seventeen minors received their degrees on Graduation Weekend 2016. Four Ph.D. degrees in Composition were also conferred.
2016 Music Department Graduates

Music Graduation 2016

Undergraduate Degrees Conferred
First Major

Judner (Jay) Attys
​Michael Devito, High Distinction: Paper, “Modern Jazz: a Study in Composition and Performance”
Adriana Dickerson
Sophia Santore, Distinction: Composition, It Happened, and Senior Voice Recital

Second Major

Grace Chen
Ching Ying (Roman) Lin
Madison Spahn, Highest Distinction: Paper, “The Evolution of a Woman’s Life and Love: A Guide for Performers of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben;” Composition, Woman Work: Songs of Women's Voices, and Senior Voice Recital

​Interdepartmental Major

Eleanor Mehlenbacher


Phenix Byrd
Rithi Chandy
Neil Delwadia
Matthew Farnitano
Christopher Fiscella
Adam Ford
Darbi Griffith
Harrison Hodgkins
Nathan Hsieh
Yiing-Shiuan (Lily) Huang
Anna Jiang
Grant Kelly
Won-Ji Lee
Justin Sandulli
​Jae-Wook Shin
Jonah Yousif
Liangliang Zhang

Ph.D. in Composition

D. Edward Davis
Dissertation piece: nowhere landscape, for clarinets, trombones, percussion, violins, and electronics
Dissertation article: “The Map and the Territory: Documenting David Dunn’s Sky Drift

Jamie Keesecker
Dissertation piece: Into the Bends of Time, for chamber orchestra and electronics
Dissertation article: "Musical Forces in Jazz: Group Interaction and Double-time in My Foolish Heart as performed by the Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motion.”

Vladimir Smirnov
Dissertation pieces: Double Rainbow; Appalachiana
Dissertation article: “‘The Invisible Mass’: Exploring Compositional Technique in Alfred Schnittke’s Second Symphony”

Kenneth David Stewart
Dissertation pieces: Phase Locked Loop and Modulo Games; The Dogma Loops
Dissertation article: “Finding Ibrida: Building an Electric Guitar with Embedded Effects”