Graduate Students


Maximiliano Amici


I'm passionate about orchestral music. Always enjoying composing, I like to explore the multiple facets of music making, as mirrors of being and acting in the world. I was born and educated in Rome, where I lived until 2013. I spent some years studying in Basel, at the Hochschule für Musik, before... Full Profile »

James Robert Budinich


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 »

Yahn Wagner Ferreira de Mello Pinto


Office: 043 Biddle Music Building

Brooks Jeffrey Frederickson


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


Director, [dnme] Duke New Music Ensemble

Dayton Louise Kinney


Office: 046 Biddle Music Building

Office Hours: by appointment

Massachusetts-native, 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 Merce... Full Profile »

Owen Sidney Richardson


Office: 047 Biddle Music Building

Office Hours: By Appointment, 047 Biddle Music Building

Composer Sid Richardson (b. 1987) writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and cerebral wit.  He has collaborated on projects with artists such as Conrad Tao, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, Ensemble Amarcord, and yMusic. Sid’s arrangement of the Bach Double... Full Profile »



Samantha Danielle Arten


Director, Duke Collegium Musicum

Ka Man Misty Choi


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 »

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Jon Churchill


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

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Karen Elaine Hovey Messina


Office Hours: Office: Biddle 044

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 »

Imani Danielle Mosley


Office: 037 Biddle Music Building

Andrew Cornell Pester


Office: 048 Biddle Music Building

Harrison B Russin


Office: Biddle Music Building

Phone: (919) 885-4690

Nicholas Mark Smolenski


Nicholas Smolenski is a musicologist interested in sacred music of Jacobean and Caroline England, specifically the anthems and services of Thomas Tomkins; other interests include English Civil War politics and aesthetics in Renaissance England. He holds a master's degree in musicology from The... Full Profile »