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I am a scholar of American music and culture, working primarily to understand how communities in the nation's margins use music to fashion themselves as American. Currently I am Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. My journal articles have appeared in American Music, Journal of the Society for American Music, Tempo, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Twentieth-Century Music, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and my Op-Eds have been featured in The Oklahoman and The Salt Lake Tribune. My first book, Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America, was published by University of Illinois Press in 2019; I am completing two other books, one an ethnography of musicals and deception and the other a historiographical meditation on Betty Freeman’s Beverly Hills music salons. I earned my PhD in musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In addition to my academic work, I am an active musical collaborator, having worked as a vocal coach, pianist, and musical director for Oklahoma City University, DePaul University, Chicago Opera Theater, AMDA, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, among others.

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