I hold a Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University. Integrating musicology, religious studies, and book history, my work concerns early modern print culture and the pedagogical role of music in the formation of religious identity, particularly in Reformation England. My dissertation, “The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Protestant Ideology, and Musical Literacy in Elizabethan England,” was supported by grants and fellowships from the Duke University Graduate School and the “Conversions: Medieval and Modern” working group. In addition to sixteenth-century English metrical psalmody, my other research interests include Reformation sacred music, especially hymnals and congregational song; early music printing, applying the questions and interests of book history to musicological research; early music performance practice (especially in relation to my work as a professional soprano); and contemporary sacred vocal music, particularly that of Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and James MacMillan.
I received my Bachelor of Music in Music History from Washington University in St. Louis and my Master of Arts in Musicology from Duke University. In St. Louis during my undergraduate degree, I performed professionally with the Choir of the Church of St. Michael and St. George, St. Louis Baroque, Collegium Vocale St. Louis, Southeast Baroque Ensemble, and Schola Immaculata. My women’s barbershop quartet Ringtones! won the international competition of Harmony Incorporated in 2010. In North Carolina for graduate school, I sang with the Duke Vespers Ensemble and a number of local Baroque ensembles and church choirs (including founding Bull City Baroque in 2016). I was co-director of early music ensemble Concentus Carolina (2014-2015), co-led a monthly service of Latin Vespers sung entirely in plainchant, directed Duke’s Collegium Musicum (fall 2016), and for three years directed the children’s choir at First Presbyterian Church (Durham, NC). Now back in St. Louis, I am a Principal Singer with the Bach Society, a Principal Artist with the Women’s Hope Chorale of St. Louis, and a staff singer at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and I perform a regular series of early music recitals, often as part of the Early Music @ First series put on by Early Music Missouri.