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Molly Murdock - Project Supervisor &


Molly is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant in music theory at Eastman in Rochester, NY.  She holds degrees from Michigan State University, The University of Virginia, The University of Central Florida, and a conducting diploma from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Hungary.  Molly is the Founding Music Director of Riverbend Opera.  She spent many years in the Washington, D.C. area as a choral director in Fairfax County Public Schools and music associate at Temple Rodef Shalom and historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  She taught theory to children and adults with the Fairfax Choral Society and was the choral director for the Virginia Ambassadors of Music.

Molly’s primary research is in Béla Bartók’s choral works.  She is currently preparing an English edition of Bartók’s Twenty-Seven Choruses for Women and ChildrenMolly created the Women in Music Lecture Series at Michigan State University, an ongoing project which showcases extraordinary musical women.

Aside from music, Molly volunteers at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, trains in jiu-jitsu, and is a part-time political activist.

Ben Parsell - Webmaster & Co-Creator &

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Ben is an undergraduate student at St. Olaf College working towards a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with an emphasis in keyboard collaboration. He studies collaborative piano with Dr. Ananda-Owens, organ with Dr. James Bobb, and voice with Dr. Tracey Engleman. As a collaborative pianist for the St. Olaf Music Department, Ben accompanies vocalists in juries, recitals, and auditions.

Ben is the current co-president of the St. Olaf College Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and organizes student attendance at state-wide and national conferences to further their choral development as music educators.

Outside of the music department, Ben connects himself with the St. Olaf community as a Junior Counselor (JC) in the freshman residence hall, Ellingson Hall. Through all of his experiences at St. Olaf, he looks forward towards a future as a high school chorus teacher and a career in choral conducting and music education.

Trevor Nelson - Historical Consultant


Trevor is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester. Trevor received a M.A. in Musicology and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from Michigan State University, and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Appalachian State University.

At MSU, he penned his thesis, The Dissident Dame: Alternative Feminist Methodologies at the Music of Ethel Smyth, which explored both suffrage- and non-suffrage-oriented feminisms across Smyth’s compositional output. In addition to feminist political campaigns, his research interests include queer theory, feminist/critical pedagogy, the performative body, and opera houses in colonial spaces.

When not in the library, Trevor enjoys curling up with a cup of coffee and a book, all while spoiling his cat, Figaro.

Katie Knudsvig - German translator

Katie was born in Hof, Germany and moved to Fargo, North Dakota at the age of 8. She graduated from Davies High School and is now working towards a B.M. in Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. While Katie is primarily a classical violinist, she loves folk and jazz music and plans on playing more in these styles. Outside of music, Katie loves history, is a giant Latin nerd, avid swing dancer, and loves rock climbing and running.

A. Kori Hill
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A. Kori Hill is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a M.M. in music history and music performance from West Virginia University and a B.M. in music performance from Miami University. Kori’s research interests include 19th – 20th century Western classical music, the history of the violin/fiddle in African and African diasporic communities, and classical music education and patronage in African American communities in the United States.

In her spare time, Kori is an avid reader, movie watcher, and bookstagramer.