Devon Carter

Devon Carter


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Student in Musicology, 2019–Present

Devon Carter is a second-year Ph.D. student in musicology who studies the history of the voice. His current interests include the history and invention of the identification of the voice with the self, the historical and current sorting of opera and opera-descendant art forms into "highbrow" and "lowbrow" categories, and perceptions and use of the operatic voice in the 21st century. Devon is also a member of the Duke University Scholars Program and a James B. Duke Fellow.

Prior to coming to Duke, Devon studied music and comparative literature (with a focus in literary translation) at Brown University as an undergraduate. His undergraduate thesis in the Comparative Literature Department, The Cambridge Songs: A New Translation, attempts to unify his interests in the history of literary and literal voice; it consists of a translation of a eleventh-century English songbook from Latin to English, a compilation and transcription to modern notation of tunes associated with the songs, and a critical introduction. It is only the second translation of the complete songbook into English, and the first to consider the music in detail. In addition, he composed a chamber opera based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" as a second thesis in the Music Department.

At Duke, Devon studies voice with Susan Dunn and has performed with Duke Opera Theater. He was formerly a singer, stage director, board member, and executive producer with Brown Opera Productions, the student-run opera company at Brown.


Brown University, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Comparative Literature; magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Departmental Honors (awarded for undergraduate thesis) in both Music and Comparative Literature.