Graduate Students

Composition

Maximiliano Amici

Maximiliano Amici

Student

maximiliano.amici@duke.edu

I always enjoy composing, and I particularly like to explore diverse, multiple facets of music making, as mirrors of being and acting in the world. I was born in Rome in 1980 into a family of musicians. Apart from playing violin in my childhood, I started serious studies of music late in my life,... Full Profile »

James Budinich

James Budinich

Student

james.budinich@duke.edu

James Budinich composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics. He has collaborated with Lindsay Brown (Love’s Lost Words for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano),... Full Profile »

Stephen Downing

Stephen Downing

Student

stephen.downing@duke.edu

Stephen Downing is a North Carolina-based composer, percussionist, and visual artist. His music searches to find the intersection of the classical tradition, organic structures, humor, and the human condition. Some of his musical inspirations include the obsessiveness of minimalism, the energy of... Full Profile »

Brooks Frederickson

Brooks Frederickson

Student

brooks.frederickson@duke.edu

Composer Brooks Frederickson writes patient music that is grounded in long lines of slowly evolving textures with understated rhythmic drive. As an active participant in Brooklyn's vibrant contemporary music scene, he has worked with leading new music ensembles Sō Percussion, JACK Quartet,... Full Profile »

Eren Gumrukcuoglu

Eren Gumrukcuoglu

Student

eren.gumrukcuoglu@duke.edu

Director, [dnme] Duke New Music Ensemble

Dayton Kinney

Dayton Kinney

Student

Office Hours: by appointment only

dayton.kinney@duke.edu

Dayton Kinney creates music that has won and has been recognized for numerous competitions at the international, national, and state levels. Performed in the U.S. and abroad, Dayton’s music has had notable performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Durham Medical Orchestra, Rela... Full Profile »

Amin Sharifi Jabali

Amin Sharifi Jabali

Student

amin.sharifi@duke.edu

Amin Sharifi (Mohammad Amin Sharifi), Iranian contemporary composer, studied Composition at the Art University of Tehran and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the direction of Nader Mashayekhi, Mehdi Hosseini, Peter Ablinger, Klaus Lang, David Dzubay, and Don Freund. He also has had... Full Profile »

Ethnomusicology

Musicology

Ka Man Misty Choi

Ka Man Misty Choi

Student

ka.man.misty.choi@duke.edu

Education MPhil Historical Musicology, The Chinese University of Hong KongMA Music The Chinese University of Hong KongBA, MPhil Linguistics, The City University of Hong Kong Professional qualificationsLicentiate diploma in Music Theory (LMusTCL), Trinity College of LondonMember of Chartered... Full Profile »

Jon Churchill

Jon Churchill

Student

jonathan.churchill@duke.edu

Research interests include Ralph Vaughan Williams, semiotics, and the intersection of music and trauma. 

Liz Crisenbery

Liz Crisenbery

Student

elizabeth.crisenbery@duke.edu

I am a musicologist who studies early twentieth-century Italian opera, exploring the intersection of gender, politics, and music. My dissertation examines masculinities in operas by fascist composers during the height of Italian fascism. Other research interests include digital humanities, opera... Full Profile »

Hannah Krall

Hannah Krall

Student

hannah.krall@duke.edu

Hannah Krall is a musicologist interested in early music and jazz improvisation, traditional jazz, and music for the viola da gamba. She has a BA in Music from Cornell University (magna cum laude).

Karen Messina

Karen Messina

Student

karen.messina@duke.edu

Karen's research interests center on the analysis and interpretation of operatic and vocal music in an effort to determine how these genres express, support, and augment their texts.  Her dissertation project, titled “Dramatic Impulse: Diegetic Music in the Operas of Giacomo Puccini,” delves into... Full Profile »

Nicholas Smolenski

Nicholas Smolenski

Student

nicholas.smolenski@duke.edu

Nicholas Smolenski (2017) is a musicologist interested in sacred music of Jacobean and Caroline England (1603–49) and its role in the Restoration (1660–88), specifically considering theology, spirituality, and English Civil War politics; previous research has involved Thomas Tomkins and his... Full Profile »

Cole Swanson

Cole Swanson

Student

cole.swanson@duke.edu

Cole Swanson is a musicologist interested in 20th-century opera, ecomusicology, and Cold War-era jazz, as well as the intersection of cinema, music/sound, and philosophy. He has an MA in Musicology from Tufts University and BAs from St.Olaf College in Music and Environmental Studies.