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Introduction

I'm delighted to join the 2015 class of HASTAC Scholars, and I wanted to (finally) take a moment to introduce myself to this community. 

I am completing my PhD in musicology at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. My dissertation focuses on how opera audiences, teachers, and singers in used technologies including the telephone, phonograph, and cinema to transform modes of attention, instruction, and expression in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. My interest in the digital humanities initially emerged during a summer spent in Paris, as I sought out tools that would enable me to preserve, organize, and digitize a wide spectrum of archival materials, including films, sound recordings, pedagogical manuals, medical journals, and more. Currently, I am using some of my findings to construct a digital map and soundscape demonstrating the connections between singers, pedagogues, and specific technologies in Paris between 1880 and 1910. 

Over this year, I'm especially interested in discovering new ways to use the digital humanities in my music history classrooms. This semester, my students are collaborating to build a digital timeline devoted to the female composers, performers, patrons, and pedagogues who tend to be left out of conventional histories of music. 

If you'd like to follow my work, please feel free to find me on Twitter, Academia.edu, and/or LinkedIn. I look forward to engaging with and learning from all of you this year. 

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