New Academic Web Site

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Posted by jesse on October 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I recently launched a new site,, to feature my work on the practice and study of Sacred Harp singing and questions of scholarly expression involving interdisciplinarity, digital humanities, and public scholarship.

I will be posting news and updates there and will likely cease posting to the news section of though I will keep the archives online.

Visit and join the conversation.

Going to Graduate School

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Posted by jesse on May 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

This fall I will be beginning my work toward the PhD at the Graduate Institute for Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I am excited to start my work there, which will focus on Sacred Harp singing in the 19th and 20th centuries, the formation of a musical style, and the social, religious, and political context of the music and its authors.

Starting Graduate School

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Posted by jesse on August 16, 2004 at 3:36 am

With the help of my family I moved into a great apartment in Troy, NY last Monday and I’m currently in the midst of grad school orientation. I’ve met a few of my new classmates already and people seem nice and interesting. My iEAR class, including me, is just six people. The other five are: Zulma Aguiar, Caterina De Re, Bettina Escauriza, Marshall Trammell, and Yael Kanarek.

Going to Rensselaer

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Posted by jesse on March 8, 2004 at 1:28 pm

After talking with Kathy High, my advisor at Wesleyan, Ron Kuivila, and my friends and family, I’ve decided to accept Rensselaer’s offer of admission. I’ll be working toward an MFA in Electronic Arts in the iEAR program, and will begin my studies this fall, arriving before August 15, when training for my Teaching Assistantship begins.

Accepted at RPI and SAIC

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Posted by jesse on March 2, 2004 at 6:33 pm

Over the weekend Kathy High from Rensselaer called to tell me that I’ve been accepted into their MFA program in Electronic Arts with a guaranteed two-year funding package. The faculty are enthusiastic about working with me, and I was accepted from the largest and most competitive applicant pool in the history of the program. The funding package will cover the full cost of tuition and provide me with a $12,000 stipend each year. I would be a Teaching Assistant my first year as a graduate student and would have ‘Professional Development’ responsibilities during my second year.

I also received word from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that I’ve been accepted into their MFA in Studio Art program through the Sound Department.

I’m currently discussing my options with friends, family, and former teachers. I am excited to have so many wonderful programs from which to choose, and am pleased that I will be able to work in a stimulating artistic environment this fall as I had hoped.

Accepted at CalArts

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Posted by jesse on February 21, 2004 at 7:41 pm

I heard from CalArts today that I’ve been accepted into their School of Music as a first-year MFA student in Composition/New Media.

I’m also eagerly awaiting word from the three other schools to which I’ve applied. RPI, in particular, was already making decisions when I visited earlier this month. Mills College, however, sent me a note indicating that they would notify me in early April.

Campus Visits

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Posted by jesse on February 13, 2004 at 11:02 am

I had the opportunity these last two weeks to visit Art Institute of Chicago and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to meet with Professors and students, tour the facilities, and sit in on classes. I had a great time at both schools, and I’d like to thank my hosts for showing me around and providing me with plenty of useful information about their programs.

At Chicago, I talked with Nic Collins, head of the Sound Departmnet, and sat in on a meeting of graduate students. I also attended Nic’s class and got a peek at the sound facilities, and the various shops available to students.

Amy Curley showed me around at Rensselaer, and in addition to seeing the sound and video facilities and talking with a bunch of students I was able to talk with Kathy High and Michael Century, meet Pauline Oliveros, Tomie Hahn, Mary Anne Staniszewski, Curtis Bahn, Steve Peirce, and Neil Rolnick (among others) check out a concert by Michelle Nagai, and sit in on several wonderful classes.

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