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Molly Murdock - Project Supervisor & Co-Creator

molly@mtew.org & mmurdoc4@u.rochester.edu

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 - Co-Creator & Webmaster

ben@mtew.org & parsel1@stolaf.edu

Ben is music teacher in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He is currently serving as a youth choral director for Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and as a collaborative pianist in the metro area, accompanying vocalists in juries, recitals, and auditions. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education and Church Music. His principal teachers included Dr. Tracey Engleman (voice), Dr. Therees Hibbard and Dr. Anton Armstrong (conducting), Dr. Linda Berger (education methods), and Dr. Catherine Rodland and Prof. James Bobb (organ). Ben is currently pursuing his Kodály certification at Indiana University.

Ben is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the National Association for Music Educators, and the Choristers Guild.

Siriana Lundgren - Historical Consultant

Siriana is a senior at St. Olaf College where she studies Vocal Performance and Women’s and Gender Studies. A Montana native, she is passionate about using a feminist lens to evaluate the way music participates in the construction of identity. She has presented research on gender and American frontier music at the Musical Dialogues Student Research Symposium held at St. Olaf College and at the Bucknell University Digital Humanities Conference. She also works in musical geography has mapped the life of composer Darius Milhaud and presented on this research at the American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter Fall Meeting. Additionally, she has investigated Parisian salons of La Belle Époque and Les Années Folles and opera buffa of the early 19th century. She hopes to pursue graduate school in musicology with a focus on frontier music and public musicology. While not researching, Siriana sings, and while not singing, she can likely be found watching Star Trek.

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 - Submission Contributor

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.