Graduate Students

Composition

Maximiliano Amici

Student

maximiliano.amici@duke.edu

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 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 »

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 »

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Eren Gumrukcuoglu

Student

eren.gumrukcuoglu@duke.edu

Director, [dnme] Duke New Music Ensemble

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 »

Owen Richardson

Student

Office Hours: By Appointment, 047 Biddle Music Building

owen.richardson@duke.edu

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 »

Ethnomusicology

Musicology

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 »

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Jon Churchill

Student

jonathan.churchill@duke.edu

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

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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

Student

nicholas.smolenski@duke.edu

Nicholas Smolenski is a musicologist interested in sacred music of Tudor and Stuart England and its role in the 21st century, specifically considering spirituality, realms of the sacred and profane, performance practices, and aesthetics; other interests include sacred music of 17th-century France... Full Profile »

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.