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Graduate Programs: Current Graduate Students

Joe Annicchiarico

Joe Annicchiarico ('16) is currently pursuing an M.A. in music theory from Tufts University. Graduating with a B.A. in double bass performance from the University of New Hampshire in 2013, he spent most of his time active as a theorist, focusing on analytical perspectives in the neoclassical works of Igor Stravinsky. Joe also received a grant from the University of New Hampshire to study orchestration specific to wind ensembles. His research culminated in a performance of his own transcription of Aaron Copland's Piano Variations, that was eventually performed by the UNH Wind Symphony, an honor only once before bestowed on an undergraduate. His current interests lie in 20th and 21st century music, with a special focus in American music, and especially that of John Cage and the musical/aesthetic trends that followed.

Harriet Barnes-Duke

Harriet Barnes-Duke is currently a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at Tufts University after completing her BA in Music and Anthropology at New College of Florida. Her undergraduate studies culminated into an ethnographic thesis about New Orleans Voodoo, as it related to current practices, commodification, historical influences, spiritual rituals, and the use of music to induce trance and possession. As a graduate student she is pursuing further education in African and African diasporic musics under her adviser, Prof Locke. Although she enjoys playing the violin, Harriet's academic interest lean towards functions and understandings of polyrhythms and meters, or the lack thereof, by various peoples as they relate to percussive instruments.

Melody Chapin

Melody Chapin (2016) is an MA candidate in Musicology and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BM in Voice Performance. She has also studied at the University of São Paulo, Brazil with a US Student Fulbright Grant (2012) and a research grant from the University of New Hampshire (IROP, 2009). Her prior research deals with the performance and diction technique of Brazilian Art Song. Melody is also interested in the issues of accessibility of Latin American and Iberian art music-- including the detective and diplomatic work necessary for publishing music still under copyright-- as well as in English poetic translation from the Spanish and Portuguese languages.

Michelle Connor

Michelle Connor ('17) is pursuing a M.A. in Music Theory. She completed a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Dayton in December 2014. Michelle is interested in the connection between mathematics and music analysis, methods of nineteenth century music analysis, pedagogical approaches for theory, and Middle Eastern music.

Volkan Efe

Volkan Efe is a graduate student in Ethnomusicology at Tufts University. Originally from Turkey, Volkan received his B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University and a Masters degree in Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park. Volkan started playing oud as teenager and has performed with various Turkish music ensembles in Washington DC, Chicago and Boston. His studies include various instrumental and vocal forms of Ottoman-Turkish music, improvisation (taksim), and traditional instrument making. Volkan also plays ney, tanbur and kemençe and performs regularly with the Boston based ensembles Cambridge Musiki Cemiyeti and Orkestra Marhaba. His research focuses on the healing aspects of the makam system of Ottoman-Turkish music as a culture-transcendent process, and the diversity of musical interpretation during Sufi rituals in Turkey.

Kendall Hatch

Kendall Hatch (2017) is pursuing her M.A. in Musicology at Tufts University. She comes to Tufts from Colby College, where she received B.A. degrees in Music and Classical Civilizations. Kendall has performed as a chorister and a vocal soloist throughout her home state of Maine and in New York City. This passion for singing has inspired her to undertake research concerning women's and gender issues in vocal musics. Her particular areas of interest include art songs composed by women and female archetypes in opera and musical theater.

Ben Maggio

Ben Maggio is a graduate student in ethnomusicology. Originally from Albany, NY, Ben earned a B.A. in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta. While there, he began instruction on the djembé, and also studied Ghanaian percussion in a world music ensemble. Prior to enrolling at Tufts, he attended an ethnomusicology seminar at Hunter College. His fieldwork topic was an African drum & dance class based in Troy, NY. Ben's primary instrument is electric bass.

Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell is a graduate student of composition at Tufts University. He holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated in 2013. He has performed as a vocalist in several countries, and regularly performs as a trumpet and guitar player around Boston and New England. He has worked as a music teacher in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Ghana. His compositional interests currently center on the use of space in composition and its effects on the listener's perceptions, and on music that exists between tonality and atonality.

Ben Paulding

Ben Paulding (2016) is pursuing his M.A. in Ethnomusicology under Professor David Locke. After two years of extensive performance, research, and teaching in Ghana, Ben currently studies Ashanti drumming at Tufts with Professor Emmanuel Attah Poku, and works as TA for the Kiniwe African Music Ensemble. He has performed with the Centre for National Culture (Kumasi), the Ashanti King's Fontomfrom ensemble (Kumasi), the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, Jerry Leake's Cubist, Marcus Santos' Bloco AfroBrazil, and several leading Kete groups in New York City. A member of the Vic Firth Education Team, Ben has taught at Zumix and the International Community School, Kumasi.

Abbi Rienzo

Abbi Rienzo is a first year graduate student pursuing an M.A. in historical musicology. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance and Art History from the University of New Hampshire, where her research areas included the works of 12th century French trouvères, as well as cataloging acquisitions at the UNH Museum of Art. As a flutist, she is an active chamber and orchestral performer and was the 2014-2015 winner of the UNH Concerto Competition. Her current research interests include music of the early 20th-century, women in music, and popular music.

Jeffery Shivers

Jeffery Shivers is pursuing graduate studies in composition under the mentorship of John McDonald at Tufts University. His music has been performed most recently by jazz guitarist Khanh Thai, Industrial Carillon, the Monte Verde String Quartet, The Generous Ensemble, and the Boston New Music Initiative. He has also studied with composers Nick Rissman and Robert Paterson, and he has attended summer residencies at University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rocky Ridge Music Center. Recent distinctions include second prize in the 2013 NACUSA Young Composer Competition and a premiere at the 2014 PARMA Music Festival by the Boston New Music Initiative.

Harjinder Singh

Harjinder Singh ('16) is pursuing an M.A. in Ethnomusicology at Tufts. Harjinder is originally from Chicago, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and B.M. in Music Education from Lawrence University (WI). His focus is in West-African music/dance and diasporic traditions, and theoretical interests include identity politics, post-colonialism, and urban education. Harjinder has presented his research on the Ewe music/dance "Adzogbo" at the Midwest Society for Ethnomusicology, taught in a variety of classroom settings in Chicago, led classes on reggae music at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, and was the founding music department lead for "Senn-Arts" (high school fine-arts magnet program within Chicago Public Schools). Harjinder performs nationally with Downbeat Award-winning Chicago based group Fatbook, and co-produced their 2014 debut release.

Cole Swanson

Cole Swanson ('17) is an MA candidate in Musicology and a graduate of St.Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned a BA in jazz piano with a music history and literature emphasis and a BA in environmental policy. His research focuses primarily on the cultural politics of 20th century opera and other stage works, though he is also interested in film and video game music, ecomusicology, and the music of Benjamin Britten. While at St.Olaf, Cole sang in choir, worked as a opera accompanist and vocal coach, and composed and performed incidental music for a production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline for keyboard, percussion, and ukulele.

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