Associate Professor, Music
Ph.D., Musicology, University of Toronto, 2005
M.A., Musicology, University of British Columbia, 1999
B.C.S., Music and Philosophy, Redeemer University College, 1996
Research & Scholarship
Articles and Book Chapters
“The Ducks are Hazards in the Classroom: Learning to Listen with Perception and Grace,” in Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education, ed. Gary Schmidt and Matthew Walhout (Grand Rapids: Calvin Press, 2012).
“A ‘League Against Willan?’ The Early Years of the Canadian League of Composers, 1951-1960,” Journal of the Society for American Music 5/4 (November 2011): 445-480.
“Experiencing Beauty in the Music of the Holocaust,” The Cresset: A review of literature, the arts and public affairs 72/4 (Spring 2009): 21-31.
“‘We Shall Be Better Canadians by Being Conscious Jews’: Multiculturalism and the Construction of Canadian Identity in the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir,” Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music 25/1-2 (2005): 187-201.
“Leftist, Jewish and Canadian Identities Voiced in the Repertoire of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, 1939-1959,” Canadian Journal for Traditional Music 29 (2002): 19-31.
“The ‘Western-World Premiere’ of Shostakovich’s Song of the Forests by the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir (1951),” Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc (London, UK), January 2011.
“Hearing Torture and Control: The Music of Concentration Camps and Beyond,” Faculty Lectureship Award, Calvin College, November 2010.
“Playing the Part: Dehumanizing Music in Concentration Camps,” in panel session “Music in Jewish Life During and After the Third Reich,” Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Philadelphia), November 2009.
“A ‘League Against Willan’ versus a League for All: Constructing an Identity for the Canadian League of Composers,” Annual meeting of the Society for American Music (Denver), March 2009.
“Beauty and Suffering in the Music of the Holocaust,” Plenary speaker for Lily Fellows Network Conference, Seattle Pacific University, October 2008.
“Celebrating Jewish Resistance: Max Helfman’s post-Holocaust Cantata Di Naye Hagode,” Annual meeting of the Canadian University Music Society (Vancouver), June 2008.
“Judas Maccabaeus as Revolutionary Jewish Hero: Progressive Jewish Readings of Handel’s Oratorio during the Holocaust,” Annual meeting of the American Musicological Society (Los Angeles), November 2006.
Performances & Exhibitions
Grace Episcopal Church (Grand Rapids, MI), soprano section leader (2009-present)
Calvin Oratorio Society, assistant director (2006-2008)